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September 9, 2000 | Religion News Service
Catholic priests in England and Wales offered a strong reaffirmation of ecumenism in the wake of the controversial statement on salvation, "Dominus Iesus," issued by the Vatican on Tuesday. The National Conference of Priests of England and Wales, which represents 5,500 priests in the two countries, held its annual conference for the first time in Wales.
December 18, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
Whenever clergy from Asia, South America or Europe visit Roman Catholic Bishop Tod Brown in Orange County, they all want to see one church, but not one of Brown's. They want to see the Crystal Cathedral. For decades, the architectural landmark — famous for its 10,000 panes of glass and 236-foot bell tower — has been synonymous with the Rev. Robert H. Schuller and his "Hour of Power" broadcasts. That is about to change. Last month, the Crystal Cathedral property became the future home of the diocese after a bankruptcy judge approved the sale for $57.5 million.
August 9, 1997 | From staff and wire reports
In what could mark another major step toward Christian unity, the 5.2-million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America votes next week in Philadelphia on accords with four other Protestant denominations and a new understanding with Roman Catholics. The Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod--a separate denomination--is not a party to any of the agreements. Three proposals are before the Evangelical Lutheran Church's highest legislative body, which meets Aug. 14-20.
August 31, 2010 | Jonah Goldberg
Predictably, conservative commentator Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally Saturday on the National Mall has evoked a lot of consternation. For instance, Greg Sargent of the Washington Post argues that because the rally explicitly avoided trumpeting a political agenda, it was all the more insidiously political. "Beck repeatedly claimed that his rally wasn't meant to be 'political,' " writes Sargent. "As high-minded as that may sound, the real point of stressing the rally's apolitical goals was political.
September 1, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America vowed to pursue Christian unity through "full communion" with other churches. In a "Declaration of Ecumenical Commitment," the biennial assembly in Orlando, Fla., of the 5.2-million-member denomination overwhelmingly voted to work toward holding a common faith, sharing the Lord's Supper and providing for exchange of members and ministers with other Protestants, Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox.
March 9, 1991 | From Religious News Service
Bishop Vinton Anderson of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the first black American to be elected a president of the World Council of Churches, says he hopes to use his influence to encourage an ecumenical agenda within the black churches. Anderson was chosen to serve as one of the council's eight presidents at the organization's Feb. 7-20 assembly in Canberra, Australia.
May 23, 1987 | Associated Press
Amid recent questions about it, Roman Catholicism's chief ambassador to other Christians is underscoring his church's "passion for unity" and acceptance of other denominations as partner churches. Cardinal Johannes Willebrands, head of the Vatican's Secretariat for Christian Unity, visited several Eastern U.S. cities this month, emphasizing "substantial progress" toward the goal and Rome's commitment to it.
August 1, 1987 | RUSSELL CHANDLER, Times Religion Writer
With the announcement of Protestant and Orthodox participants in an ecumenical meeting with Pope John Paul II in Columbia, S.C., this September, the National Council of Churches has urged that Christians "seize the moment" for renewed efforts toward Christian unity. A three-page statement welcoming the Pope on his second pastoral visit to the United States on Sept. 10-19 acknowledged that diversity and tensions exist within the American religious community.
May 27, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
As they discussed global missions, ecumenical leaders gathered here also wrestled with the thorny question of how Christians can preach Jesus and still respect the integrity of other faith traditions. An openness to truths in other world religions has been acknowledged previously by liberal Protestants and Roman Catholic leaders, but it has not been so easy to agree on how best to express that and what it means in practice. At the World Council of Churches' Conference on Mission and Evangelism, an 11-day conference that ends Thursday, the Rev. Eugene Stockwell of Geneva, director of the council's Commission of World Mission and Evangelism, offered a borrowed philosophy.
March 12, 1988 | GEORGE W. CORNELL, Associated Press
America's mainline faiths, mostly missing from television's sweeping purview in recent years, are launching a new, unprecedented ecumenical network on the nation's cable TV systems. Plans for the network were confirmed in interviews this week. A partial start-up is expected in midsummer, expanding to 18 to 20 hours daily in the fall. "A fresh, new wind is coming across the country's television screens," said the Rev.
December 8, 2007
In deciding to deliver a major address on "faith in America," Mitt Romney had several options. He could endorse John F. Kennedy's insistence in 1960 that "I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute." Or he could embrace the tradition that America is "one nation under God" but not specifically a Christian nation. Or he could minimize the importance of controversial Mormon beliefs by noting that his religion was a matter of family tradition.
December 4, 2007 | Rachel Beckman, Washington Post
It isn't December until Mariah Carey puts on her bright-red knit hat, zips up her white boots and kicks around in the fakest-looking snow ever with Santa Claus. Is the scene familiar? It's from Mariah's music video for her 1994 holiday hit, "All I Want for Christmas Is You," the best Christmas song ever. Lots of people apparently share my love of this song: It was the 21st most-downloaded song on iTunes last weekend. Pretty impressive for a 13-year-old pop tune.
August 18, 2005 | Sebastian Rotella and Larry Stammer, Times Staff Writers
Church leaders and politicians joined an outpouring of sorrow Wednesday for the slaying of Brother Roger, the renowned founder of a French ecumenical community who died after a woman stabbed him during evening prayers. The frail 90-year-old monk died shortly after the attack Tuesday night at the headquarters of the community in Taize in the south of the Burgundy region. His assailant was a 36-year-old Romanian who had tried to join the community this month, authorities said Wednesday.
November 18, 2004 | From Associated Press
The nation's Roman Catholic bishops voted Wednesday to join a new alliance that would be the broadest Christian group ever formed in the United States, linking American evangelicals and Catholics in an ecumenical organization for the first time. Separately, church leaders authorized a third round of annual audits of all U.S. dioceses to determine whether they complied with bishops' policies on preventing sex abuse by clergy.
September 13, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, spiritual leader of the world's Eastern Orthodox Christians, has called for Turkey to change its requirement that only Turkish citizens can become patriarch, citing dwindling numbers of those eligible to succeed him. Bartholomew, 63, said Turkey should let the patriarch be elected from top clergy around the world, and give the winner Turkish citizenship, as occurred in 1948 when Athenagoras, a U.S. citizen, became patriarch.
For 50 years, the stunning edifice of L.A.'s other cathedral--St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church near downtown Los Angeles--has survived essentially unchanged. This "crown jewel" among Orthodox Christian churches still glitters with imported crystal chandeliers, dramatic religious icons and an interior awash in 24-carat gold leaf. It was designed, says Father John Bakas, to remind worshipers that "light comes from within."
November 20, 1993 | From Associated Press
As a leader of the tiny Moravian Church, the Rev. Gordon L. Sommers had a flock of 56,000 to tend to. Now he has 49 million. Sommers was sworn in this month as president of the National Council of Churches, a New York-based ecumenical group that represents people in 32 Protestant and Eastern Orthodox denominations. The council focuses on social advocacy, refugee assistance, public policy issues, education and dialogue among Christianity's different denominations.
In an appeal for unity, Pope John Paul II today tells Christians that they must overcome historic divisions and strive together toward religious understanding. Even the nature of the papacy should be open to discussion among Christians as part of a good-faith attempt to narrow differences among them, John Paul says in a closely reasoned encyclical published here this morning.
Ever since the modern ecumenical movement took root 50 years ago, the two largest Christian groups in the United States--Roman Catholics and evangelical Protestants--have been missing from the table. That may change after a recent high-level meeting in Chicago at which Catholic, evangelical and mainline Protestant leaders formed what is being called Christian Churches Together in the USA and agreed to work for greater unity among major U.S. Christian churches.
February 22, 2002 | From Times Staff Writers
An ecumenical panel of bishops and other Christian leaders will discuss contemporary ethical issues Monday at Chapman University. Participants will include Bishop Jon Bruno of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles; Bishop Tod D. Brown of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange; the Rev.
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