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September 5, 2000 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
The nation's two largest ecumenical organizations are positioning themselves for a radical realignment that could bring liberal and conservative churches together in common social causes and lead to the disbanding of the venerable National Council of Churches. Traditionally, churches in the United States have been divided. Old-line Protestant churches, along with Anglican, Orthodox and African American denominations, have belonged to the National Council of Churches. The National Assn.
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March 18, 2007 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
They have had four months to reflect, and the senior staff of New Life Church can now look back and see the warning signs. Not one suspected that their high-profile pastor, the Rev. Ted Haggard, had been secretly visiting a male prostitute. But they see now what they should have seen then: that Haggard talked too much about sex; that he could be crudely suggestive; that he seemed to have a need to push boundaries. And that no one ever called him on any of it.
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November 5, 2006 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
An investigative committee of independent pastors concluded "without a doubt" on Saturday that the Rev. Ted Haggard had committed "sexually immoral conduct" and removed him from his duties as senior pastor at a mega-church in Colorado Springs, Colo. The committee's decision took away Haggard's last position of church leadership -- and cast doubt on his assertion that he had visited a male prostitute for a massage but never had sex with him.
NATIONAL
December 8, 2006 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
The Rev. Ted Haggard this week formally begins his long journey toward recovery from a drugs-and-gay-sex scandal that forced him to step down as one of the most influential evangelical leaders in the nation. Haggard, 50, has turned himself over to a team of counselors who are "assessing his spiritual, emotional and mental condition," said the Rev. H.B. London, who is helping to guide Haggard through the process.
NATIONAL
November 4, 2006 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
One of the nation's most influential evangelical leaders admitted Friday that he visited a male prostitute for a massage and bought methamphetamine for personal use -- though he said he threw the drugs away without using them. The Rev. Ted Haggard denied the prostitute's allegation that the two men met for sex as often as every month for the last three years.
NATIONAL
July 4, 2004 | Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writer
Declaring that caring for the environment is part of following Jesus, a group of 30 evangelical leaders has agreed to work for faith-based environmental activism among the nation's most conservative Christians. The decision to move ahead, made at the end of a two-day conference in Maryland, could begin to reshape environmental politics in the years ahead, those present said.
NATIONAL
November 6, 2006 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
In the hush of a Sunday morning, believers grieved, struggled and forgave as their pastor, the Rev. Ted Haggard, confessed his sins. "I am a deceiver and a liar," Haggard told 9,000 of his followers in a letter read from the pulpit of New Life Church by one of his spiritual mentors. "There's a part of my life that is so repulsive and dark that I have been warring against it for all of my adult life." Men wiped at their eyes. Women clung to one another.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1996 | From Religion News Service
The National Assn. of Evangelicals unveiled an "Evangelical Manifesto" this week, defining beliefs and detailing goals for unity among evangelicals in the coming century. David Melvin, vice president of the Illinois-based organization, said the manifesto aims to define evangelicals at a time when they are often misunderstood by the public. "It's an attempt to clarify what evangelicalism is, who evangelicals are," Melvin said.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1988 | From Times staff and wire service reports
Two additional denominations have become members of the National Assn. of Evangelicals, which represents most conservative churches in the country. The new members of the Wheaton, Ill.-based organization are the 220,000-member Christian Reformed Church in North America and the 80,000-member General Assn. of Regular Baptists.
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November 6, 2006 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
In the hush of a Sunday morning, believers grieved, struggled and forgave as their pastor, the Rev. Ted Haggard, confessed his sins. "I am a deceiver and a liar," Haggard told 9,000 of his followers in a letter read from the pulpit of New Life Church by one of his spiritual mentors. "There's a part of my life that is so repulsive and dark that I have been warring against it for all of my adult life." Men wiped at their eyes. Women clung to one another.
NATIONAL
November 5, 2006 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
An investigative committee of independent pastors concluded "without a doubt" on Saturday that the Rev. Ted Haggard had committed "sexually immoral conduct" and removed him from his duties as senior pastor at a mega-church in Colorado Springs, Colo. The committee's decision took away Haggard's last position of church leadership -- and cast doubt on his assertion that he had visited a male prostitute for a massage but never had sex with him.
NATIONAL
November 4, 2006 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
One of the nation's most influential evangelical leaders admitted Friday that he visited a male prostitute for a massage and bought methamphetamine for personal use -- though he said he threw the drugs away without using them. The Rev. Ted Haggard denied the prostitute's allegation that the two men met for sex as often as every month for the last three years.
NATIONAL
November 3, 2006 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
The president of the National Assn. of Evangelicals resigned Thursday after his Colorado Springs, Colo., mega-church opened an investigation into allegations that he had repeatedly paid for sex with a male prostitute. The Rev. Ted Haggard, who regularly consults with the White House on policy matters, told a Denver television station that he "never had a gay relationship with anybody" and had been faithful to his wife of 28 years.
WORLD
June 28, 2005 | Warren Vieth, Times Staff Writer
In an uncommon display of political unity, leaders of the U.S. evangelical movement joined with moderate and liberal religious groups Monday to urge President Bush to boost development aid to Africa. Evangelical leaders said they hoped their participation would increase pressure on the president to announce a significant increase in U.S. aid before or during next week's summit of the world's wealthiest nations in Gleneagles, Scotland.
NATIONAL
July 4, 2004 | Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writer
Declaring that caring for the environment is part of following Jesus, a group of 30 evangelical leaders has agreed to work for faith-based environmental activism among the nation's most conservative Christians. The decision to move ahead, made at the end of a two-day conference in Maryland, could begin to reshape environmental politics in the years ahead, those present said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1997 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Marking a major milestone in its movement toward mainstream Christianity, the once cultish Worldwide Church of God has been accepted into full membership by the nation's largest association of evangelical churches. Officials with the National Assn. of Evangelicals said Friday they had voted overwhelmingly to admit the Pasadena-based church into the fold after a detailed examination of its doctrines. Best known for its Plain Truth magazine and the teachings of its late founder, Herbert W.
WORLD
June 28, 2005 | Warren Vieth, Times Staff Writer
In an uncommon display of political unity, leaders of the U.S. evangelical movement joined with moderate and liberal religious groups Monday to urge President Bush to boost development aid to Africa. Evangelical leaders said they hoped their participation would increase pressure on the president to announce a significant increase in U.S. aid before or during next week's summit of the world's wealthiest nations in Gleneagles, Scotland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2004 | Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writer
The National Assn. of Evangelicals is circulating a draft of a groundbreaking framework for political action that strongly endorses social and economic justice and warns against close alignment with any political party. Steeped in biblical morality and evangelical scholarship, the framework for public engagement could change how the estimated 30 million evangelicals in this country are viewed by liberals and conservatives alike.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2003 | Elaine Dutka
Ted Haggard, leader of the National Assn. of Evangelicals, is defending Mel Gibson's new film, "The Passion," against charges that it incorrectly recounts the last 12 hours of the life of Christ and may provoke anti-Semitism. The film is said to depict Jewish leaders offering money for betraying Jesus and inciting hatred against him. "The movie portrays historical accounts realistically, but the Body of Christ worldwide does not blame Jewish people for the crucifixion," Haggard said.
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