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February 9, 2000 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Baptist minister who gained national notoriety by picketing the funeral of a gay hate-crime victim in Wyoming plans to bring his message opposing homosexuality to Orange County next month. The Rev. Fred Phelps said he will bring 20 picketers to Laguna Beach City Hall on March 20 to protest a city policy on hate speech. He also plans to picket the Crystal Cathedral, which he condemns for what he says is a policy of accepting gays and lesbians, on March 19.
The Rev. Robert H. Schuller has hired a Presbyterian minister from Seattle to be co-pastor of the Crystal Cathedral. Schuller will remain as head of the ministry, but in June he will turn over the day-to-day operation to the Rev. Bruce Larson, pastor of Seattle's 3,600-member University Presbyterian Church. "I am strictly the No. 2 man (at the Crystal Cathedral)," Larson, 64, said in a telephone interview. "I am there to assist Bob to help build and bless that congregation."
August 27, 1993 | MARK I. PINSKY
Bruce John Ward, a former volunteer at the Crystal Cathedral, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Orange County Superior Court to charges that he molested a boy he met at the Garden Grove church. The 28-year-old Orange man is charged with 79 felony counts, including lewd conduct with a minor. The district attorney's office alleges that the acts occurred over three years, beginning when the youth was 14. Ward, who is free on $25,000 bond, has no previous criminal record, according to his lawyer.
As some restaurants should be saved only for special events, some concert venues should be used only for musical marathons, anniversaries or other gala occasions. The Crystal Cathedral, home of that huge, 12-year-old amalgam of two mammoth instruments--a Ruffatti and a Skinner, an organ standing five stories tall and incorporating 13,000 pipes, five manuals and 223 ranks--is such a venue.
May 27, 2009 | Associated Press
The son of famed Orange County television evangelist Robert H. Schuller said Tuesday he had acquired cable network AmericanLife TV from the Unification Church in partnership with a private equity fund that invests in Christian media firms. The deal comes seven months after the older Rev. Schuller said he was removing his son, the Rev. Robert A. Schuller, as the only preacher of "The Hour of Power" three years after turning the long-running Christian television program over to him.
June 5, 2003 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
Southern California Assembly of God officials have suspended a pastor and sued him for allegedly failing to account for more than $4 million that was supposed to have been used to buy land in Irvine for a new church. But Pastor Barry Weddle said he can account for all the money and plans to keep preaching to his congregation, which is now holding Sunday services and Tuesday Bible classes at the Irvine Marriott.
July 2, 1992 | ROBERT BARKER
For the second time this year, the City Council this week unanimously rejected a proposal by the owner of an adult bookstore to open a juice bar featuring nude dancers. Council members cited a parking shortage and a recently approved zoning ordinance outlawing adult entertainment in residential areas in turning down bookstore owner Waldon R. Welty's proposal. Welty had proposed demolishing his adult bookstore and arcade to make room for the new business.
March 2, 1987 | Bob Schwartz
Churchgoers leaving Sunday services at the Crystal Cathedral were greeted by punk rockers protesting the Garden Grove church's plans to raze nearby apartments and replace them with a six-story family center. "We're concerned about the people being evicted," said Marc Eric Ely-Chaitlin, a spokesman for the group. "No one is doing anything to help them, and we're outraged that he (the Rev. Robert Schuller) thinks he can do this."
January 17, 2005 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
The life of the Crystal Cathedral's longtime music director -- who committed suicide at the church a month ago -- was celebrated Sunday in a lavish musical tribute that attracted 2,000 people. Before performing at the memorial at the Garden Grove church, pianist and composer Roger Williams said: "Johnnie Carl was my pal; I loved him." The acclaimed composer, who had struggled with mental illness, barricaded himself in his basement office and shot himself Dec.
November 2, 2012 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
Dressed in a crisp black suit, the 86-year-old founder of the Crystal Cathedral sat in the downtown Los Angeles Bankruptcy Court on Thursday, hoping to get a final few million from the ministry that once carried his booming sermons to people around the world. The Rev. Robert H. Schuller was in court on the first day of what is expected to be a 10-day trial to settle the monetary claims that were made during the 2010 bankruptcy of the ministry, which is the home of "Hour of Power," its trademark television show.
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