December 25, 2004 |
He was new on the job, working after midnight, sweeping through the Gersten Pavilion dust. "Then I saw him," Shelton Lorick said. It was a shadowy figure in the upper deck. Lorick shouted for it to leave. It silently refused. Lorick, a longtime Marine, dropped his broom and jogged upstairs. When he arrived, the figure was gone. A couple of days later, again after midnight, Lorick had locked up the gym and was walking away. "Then I heard somebody bouncing a ball inside," he said.
November 24, 2003 |
Sometimes ballet is all about longing for the divine, without being the least bit divine, which does not make for a good evening of dance. If you think of the latest offering of mixed works by the ballet-oriented local company La Danserie as a gathering place where the hopeful came to worship, it was one that provided only the outline of a dance sanctuary.
September 11, 2000 |
Some faith adages roll off the tongue, like "God helps those who help themselves." But that particular saying is not biblical and, in fact, violates a primary scriptural teaching that only God determines a person's destiny, according to religion analyst George Barna. To see how many people would agree with the saying, Barna included it among 14 statements in a survey of religious beliefs conducted recently by his Oxnard-based research organization.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2000 |
Drawing new believers to the church is the central issue at the Catholic Renewal Convention, a charismatic rally expected to draw more than 13,000 people this weekend to the Anaheim Convention Center. The three-day event, which opened Friday, is evidence of the growing foothold of the charismatic movement in the Roman Catholic Church, which has suffered in recent years from a priest shortage as well as a dwindling number of congregants.
March 19, 2000 |
These days Dublin is not the "dirty old town" of the Irish love ballad. It is a city of commercial confidence, the trendy young, BMWs and mobile phones. The boomtown of the new Ireland does its best to contradict the tales our grandparents told of Irish want and desolation. Even Frank McCourt's Limerick, in "Angela's Ashes" the grayest of Irish towns, is now doing its best to reverse the picture of melancholy, congenital want, hunger in the bone.
January 25, 2000 |
In the heart of the Sacramento Valley, where 49ers flocked to mine a mother lode of riches 150 years ago, Christian believers are proclaiming a new and godly gold rush: The Holy Spirit, they claim, is miraculously transforming porcelain crowns and silver fillings into gold. Never mind that they can't seem to prove it. Disregard the dental records that contradict some of their claims.