February 16, 1992 |
Wearing feathers in her hair, spike heels and a strapless evening gown, Marianne Williamson, New Age guru of the hour, is seated on a hotel ballroom stage in Marina del Rey, shoulder to shoulder with unmarried soap opera actors and other eligible and glamorous singles. Amid much banter and giggling, they will be "auctioned off" by talk-show host Cyndy Garvey and producer-director Garry Marshall.
October 22, 1999
Seth Shostak, author of "Sharing the Universe: Perspectives on Extraterrestrial Life"; Michael Shermer, author of "How We Believe: The Search for God in an Age of Science"; Yvonne Smith, certified hypnotherapist and abduction researcher; and J. Gordon Melton, director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion will present a panel discussion exploring the question "Are We Alone in the Universe?," Saturday, from noon to 1:30 p.m., prior to the 2:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1999 |
Dark Delicacies, 3725 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, (818) 556-6660, has been named the "premiere horror/vampire-oriented bookstore" in America by J. Gordon Melton in his "The Vampire Book," a 900-plus page encyclopedia of all and everything concerning the undead. Melton is a professor at UC Santa Barbara and the head of the Transylvania Society of Dracula's American chapter.
December 17, 1988
Distressed over court cases they say involve "infringement of religious liberty," a group of religious figures, attorneys and sociologists declared that American religious bodies are guilty of "moral failure" if they decline to support unconventional religious movements under legal attack.
January 8, 1995 |
Local pagans feel right at home amid mainstream holiday rituals when they celebrate the winter solstice on Dec. 21. "Winter solstice is celebrated as a festival of light, just like Christmas and Hanukkah," says "Rhiannon," a Venice musician and the high priestess of a local pagan group called the Circle of Aradia. "The light becomes a symbol of hope that the sun will return."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2003 |
Americans are proud of their freedom of religion, and the work of J. Gordon Melton shows they have a whole lot of religions to choose from. The Roman Catholic Church may be huge, but it's only one of 116 Catholic denominations. Orthodox Christians have even more, and Protestantism is notoriously splintered; its Pentecostal segment alone counts groups in the hundreds. There's a denomination for practically everyone. If the Episcopal Church won't do, worshippers can move leftward into the Metaphysical Episcopal Church or Free Episcopal Church, or rightward into dozens of breakaways, such as the Anglican Mission in America.