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March 9, 1990 | STEPHEN C. CHAVEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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January 21, 1994 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
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.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2000 | GENA PASILLAS
Spirituality in the new millennium will be the topic at the third annual "Interfaith National Day of Prayer" gathering in Orange County on Friday. Father Rafael Luevano, chairman of the Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Commission of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, will deliver the keynote address for the breakfast gathering. The event, sponsored by the Newport Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council, begins at 7:15 a.m. at the Orange County Airport Hilton in Irvine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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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."
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December 14, 2008 | Christopher Goffard, Goffard is a Times staff writer.
The Rev. Robert A. Schuller, ousted in October as the preacher of the long-running Christian television program "Hour of Power," has resigned as senior pastor at the Crystal Cathedral and plans to open his own ministry. Church founder Robert H. Schuller removed his son as the sole preacher on the 39-year-old television show after the younger Schuller, three years into the job, refused to rotate his role with other pastors, the church said.
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November 26, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
The former Crystal Cathedral will close to the public as it undergoes a transformation from a space built as a television studio as much as a sanctuary into the spiritual home for the Orange County Catholic community of more than 1.2 million people. Beginning Sunday, the newly named Christ Cathedral will be closed for construction as crews launch a $29-million effort to restore the more than 75,000-square-foot space. The Diocese of Orange has been working with liturgical consultants and architects to modify the church built in the vision of the Rev. Robert Schuller into one that meets the requirements of a Catholic cathedral.
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