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June 1, 1991 | From Religious News Service
In an unusual show of cooperation, representatives of more than 25 evangelical and mainline Protestant bodies have agreed to form a network to share plans and ideas on evangelism and "church-planting." "We have no burning desire to start a new organization or to go to a lot of meetings. We're interested in being in touch with one another," said the Rev. Billy A. Melvin, executive director of the National Assn.
April 2, 2014 | Doyle McManus
Only a decade ago, Christian social conservatives were a commanding force in American politics. They helped elect one of their own, George W. Bush, to two terms. They were a cornerstone of a GOP coalition that appeared to hold a permanent electoral majority. But today, the movement has lost its momentum - in part because one of its assets has become a liability. It used to be that when Republicans wanted to increase conservative voter turnout, all they had to do was put same-sex marriage on the ballot.
September 8, 1990 | From staff and wire reports
The United Church of Christ, which traces its origins to the New England pilgrims and Puritans, wants to reclaim the evangelizing characteristics of its roots. The church is launching a three-year program of "Evangelism Institutes" across the country, with the first sessions in September in Texas and Louisiana. The Revs.
March 14, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Eventually, the idea that it's OK to be against gay marriage because of your religious beliefs is going to seem as silly as opposing interracial marriage because you weren't raised that way. Eventually gay marriage will be as normal as interracial marriage, which, don't forget, was  illegal in many states until 1967 . Even conservatives, despite the pronouncements of party elders, are coming around. Last week at the CPAC conference, the generational divide was on vivid display.
July 16, 1988 | Associated Press
More than 400 plans exist among various Christian organizations to evangelize the world by the end of this century, says a key figure in steps to coordinate the efforts. The Rev. Thomas Wang, steering committee chairman of a consultation planned by the different groups for next January, says many of such past efforts have failed because of disorganization, isolation and competition.
May 28, 1994 | JOHN DART
When angry Christians shout "Murderers!" at abortion-rights advocates or taunt gays and lesbians by chanting, "God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve," the president of the Fuller Theological Seminary winces. Too often, "our fundamental posture is chip-on-our-shoulder, 'We're right and everybody else is wrong,' triumphalist and arrogant," said Richard J. Mouw, president of the nation's largest nondenominational seminary in Pasadena.
A letter from the International Bible Society in Colorado Springs trumpets the following proposal: "For a gift of $25, you can give 10 believers in Russia their first Bible." A newsletter from the Costa Mesa-based Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International proudly proclaims: "Airlift to Armenia and Russia Dodges Bullets and Food Panic. Thousands Receive Christ."
As the Rev. Tom Griffith strode into a West Hollywood gay bar last Christmas Eve in flowing robes of purple--the liturgical color for the Advent season--he drew a howl from a surprised bartender. "Well, hi, faa-ther," the bartender said in mock exaggeration, thinking Griffith was not what he seemed. Moments later the bartender, tipped off by a customer who happened to belong to Griffith's church, was chagrined. "Oh, my God," the barkeep said, "you really are a priest!
Billy Graham no longer thinks he is going to save America. Armageddon, he believes, is approaching. And even if it is not, his own mortality will prevent him from reviving a nation where good and evil are growing apace: He will be 73 in November, and his doctor at the Mayo Clinic has promised to keep him going only until he is 75. "I know that my years are running out," he said.
An organizer of a large Christian music festival and fair, angered by a sign displayed by a Christian gay and lesbian group, tore it down and evicted the group from its booth at the fair, both sides in the dispute said Friday.
February 23, 2014 | By Kurt Streeter
Chelsea McInturff and Samantha Curley were eager for a public conversation about film, gay sexuality and Christian life, but they weren't sure whether it was the right time - or the right place. They stood nervously inside an auditorium at Pasadena's evangelical Fuller Theological Seminary last spring, worried the drama they were about to screen - - about a teen coming out as lesbian - would end up offending an audience of students and professors who didn't necessarily approve of its story line.
October 17, 2013 | By Annlee Ellingson
Make no mistake: "I'm in Love With a Church Girl" is no wholesome romance with benign faith-based themes. It is wholesome - more so than it wants to be, what with its sterile attempt at portraying a gangsta lifestyle - but it's aggressively evangelistic, peddling a specific strain of Christianity espoused by writer-producer Galley Molina, on whose life the film is based. Nearly every conversation in the film didactically centers on returning drug trafficker-turned-concert promoter Miles Montego (Jeffrey "Ja Rule" Atkins)
August 8, 2013 | Jim Wallis, Jim Wallis is president of the Washington-based Christian organization Sojourners. His new book is "On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned About Serving the Common Good."
Some say it will take a miracle for Congress to pass common-sense immigration reform. That miracle may be in the making, helped along by Christians who want to put their faith into action. On July 25, 300 evangelical Christians from 27 states had 110 meetings with their mostly Republican representatives on Capitol Hill to ask them to let personal faith replace political fear. Republican leaders told us we represented a "new factor" in the debate on immigration, a grass-roots constituency for reform that can influence the political right.
July 29, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
RIO DE JANEIRO - He kissed seemingly countless babies hoisted to his popemobile. He exchanged white beanies with people in the crowds and caught the soccer jerseys, flags and who-knows-what-else hurled his direction. He scolded the Brazilian elite, both ecclesiastic and secular, on the many ways they are failing their people. Pope Francis, first pontiff from the Americas, has been both grandfatherly icon and stern cajoler, combining charm with serious teachings, in a weeklong pilgrimage to the world's largest Roman Catholic country, which wrapped up Sunday.
June 16, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
As the same-sex marriage debate continues throughout the U.S., another front in the battle over gay rights has emerged thousands of miles away in the East African nation of Uganda, where in 2009 a bill was drafted that would impose the death penalty for certain homosexual behavior and prison time for anyone failing to report gays to the authorities. In Uganda and throughout parts of Africa, many believe homosexuality to be an imported Western evil, part of a so-called gay agenda.
May 31, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant, This post has been corrected. See note below.
A North Hollywood theology professor ordained just two years ago after the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America dropped its ban on same-sex ministers was elected Friday as the church's first openly gay bishop. The Rev. R. Guy Erwin won a six-year term to the Southwest California Synod, which encompasses the greater Los Angeles area, according to church officials. The historic vote came Friday during a three-day assembly of the synod held in Woodland Hills. FOR THE RECORD: Lutheran bishop: An article in the June 1, 2013, LATextra section about the election of an openly gay bishop in Southern California incorrectly described the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as the largest denomination in the United States.
September 9, 1995 | from Religion News Service
A panel of evangelical leaders and authors has called on evangelical Christians to forge a political "third way" between the "politically correct" left and the conservative Religious Right. "Americans are fed up with the culture wars," said Tom Sine, a well-known evangelical author and adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. "They want to try to solve America's problems."
July 27, 1996 | From Religion News Service
When the progressive civil liberties group People for the American Way was considering civic activist and philanthropist Carole Shields for its presidency, board members liked the idea of a religious Christian at the helm. "Somebody said, 'Wouldn't it be nice to have a Baptist preacher's kid as president of the American Way?' " said Shields, who was named to the post in April. "It would make it a little more difficult for the religious right to claim we're a bunch of heathens."
April 16, 2013 | By Mary Rourke, Special to the Los Angeles Times
George Beverly Shea, a gospel singer and songwriter who was a featured part of the Billy Graham crusades for more than 50 years, died Tuesday. He was 104. Shea, who received a lifetime achievement award at the 2011 Grammy Awards, died in Asheville, N.C., after a brief illness, spokesman Brent Rinehart of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Assn. told the Associated Press. "Bev" Shea became the soloist for the Billy Graham Evangelical Team in 1947, traveling the world with the famous preacher as part of his ongoing crusade.
April 6, 2013
J. David Kuo, 44, an evangelical Christian and former top official of President George W. Bush's faith-based initiative who later accused the administration of failing to live up to the president's promise of "compassionate conservatism," died Friday of cancer. Kuo's family announced his death Saturday on his Facebook page. "Last night at 10:25 our beloved David found his reward in heaven, with his savior Jesus Christ," the family wrote. "With a peaceful last breath, he won his courageous 10-year battle against brain cancer.
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