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October 21, 2000 | Religion News Service
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has proposed a compromise to pastors who object to elements of the new full communion agreement with the Episcopal Church. The "Called to Common Mission" agreement between Lutherans and Episcopalians, scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, will allow the churches to share clergy and joint mission projects but stops short of an outright merger. Several Lutheran factions, especially in the upper Midwest, oppose the agreement's rules on ordinations.
December 11, 1987 | MARK I. PINSKY, Times Staff Writer
More than 100 evangelical ministers in Los Angeles and Orange counties announced Thursday the formation of a task force against anti-Semitism. "Unchallenged anti-Semitism is really a disgrace to the Christian Church and flies in the face of our claiming to be a moral force," said the Rev. Frank Eiklor, a religious broadcaster in Orange County who spearheaded a similar effort in the Boston area several years ago.
August 26, 1989 | From Religious News Service
"Mainline" religion scored a victory Friday when the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted decisively to remain inside two heavily criticized ecumenical bodies. Only scattered opposition arose among delegates to the 5.2-million-member denomination's first Churchwide Assembly here as the ELCA voted to maintain its ties with both the National Council of Churches and World Council of Churches.
March 19, 1988 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
Apparently for the first time in its 68 years, the Hollywood Bowl Easter sunrise service will have a rabbi deliver a sermon. Because Jewish Passover observances begin April 2, the day before Easter, the annual event's producer-director, Norma Foster, said Rabbi Leonard Beerman was invited to be one of the two main speakers along with a Korean Christian pastor.
February 8, 1992 | From Religious News Service
Some churches baptize only adults, others baptize infants, but church leaders in Connecticut believe their denominations have enough in common to formally recognize all baptisms as legitimate. To demonstrate that, the Christian Conference of Connecticut--which includes Protestant, Orthodox and Catholic representation--has developed an interdenominational baptismal certificate that is being hailed as a major step in ecumenical cooperation and a down-to-earth sign of unity among Christians.
March 14, 1987 | RUSSELL CHANDLER, Times Religion Writer
The regional leader of a major organization of Orthodox Jewish congregations said Friday that he has received assurances from other Jewish leaders that Pope John Paul II will be questioned about the Vatican's relationship with Israel when he visits the United States later this year. As result, delegates from the Orthodox organization have agreed to attend an interfaith meeting with the pontiff in Los Angeles after all.
February 11, 1989 | RUSSELL CHANDLER, Times Religion Writer
A new documentary video designed to help churches and synagogues across the nation to respond to the challenges of the spread of AIDS has been produced in Los Angeles, where it was released Thursday at a premiere showing.
January 20, 1990 | From Religious News Service
Evangelist Billy Graham met with Pope John Paul II and Vatican officials a week ago for a series of discussions on Eastern Europe and relations between Catholics and evangelicals around the world, it was learned this week. After the Vatican meetings Jan. 10-13, the 71-year-old Southern Baptist preacher went to West Berlin, where he met with evangelical leaders from the two Germanys to make plans for an evangelistic visit in March. Graham's meeting with John Paul was their second encounter.
October 1, 1989 | From Reuters
Archbishop of Canterbury Robert A.K. Runcie appealed to Anglicans on Saturday to consider accepting papal primacy in a reunified church, but Pope John Paul II stressed that his office must be more than just that of a figurehead. The two men made some of their most direct statements on papal primacy at a joint Vespers service in Rome's Church of St. Gregory on the second day of Runcie's first official visit to the Vatican. They also spoke of the thorny issue of Anglican women priests.
November 21, 1996 | JOHN CANALIS
People of the Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu and other faiths plan to pray together Dec. 1 at the Holy Family Cathedral in Orange to observe World AIDS Day. "The spiritual needs of people living with AIDS are various," said organizer George Raab of Laguna Beach. "This is the [religious] community's effort to be there for them, and people with AIDS need to know that."
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