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July 13, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) is hoping that a $6-million gift from Sam Walton, founder of a retail operation noted for astonishing growth, will lead the denomination toward similar gains. Church leaders announced plans this week for an aggressive church-planting campaign, using $3 million of the gift from Walton, founder of Wal-Mart Stores, to provide incentives for Presbyterians who want to build churches.
December 9, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
The schedule of Sunday Masses for Catholic students at USC accommodates their studying, partying and sleeping habits. Services are offered at 10:30 a.m., 7 p.m. and at 10 p.m., a popular option that is lightheartedly nicknamed the "Last Chance Mass. " Upward of 400 USC students previously attended at least one Mass a week at a now-demolished chapel just north of the university's main campus. The showing was respectable but still a small fraction of the estimated 10,000 Roman Catholic students - about a quarter of the overall enrollment - at the nonsectarian university.
May 31, 1986 | Associated Press
Lutheran officials say the church will not honor a congregation's request to be served by a dissident pastor who has been suspended and could be defrocked. "The executive board of the synod is taking the position that a pastor under suspension cannot receive a call," said the Rev. Edward Kappeler, assistant to Bishop Kenneth May of the Western Pennsylvania-West Virginia Synod of the Lutheran Church in America. The Rev.
July 1, 1988 | JOSEPH N. BELL
When the Rev. Peggy Bassett--senior minister of the Church of Religious Science in Huntington Beach and the new national president of the United Church of Religious Science--asked the late R. Buckminster Fuller to attend one of her services a few years ago, he replied that he had no interest in organized religion. "Oh," Bassett said brightly, "that's no problem. We're not very organized."
December 13, 1990
The city has agreed to relax its stringent standards governing the number of parking spaces that churches must provide. Since 1987, Monterey Park required one parking space per two seats, plus one per 35 square feet of sanctuary. According to a city staff report, those standards were more than four times stricter than the average requirements of 11 surrounding cities, which call for one space per 4.9 seats or one per 39 square feet, whichever is greater.
November 30, 1995 | FRANK MANNING
As demolition crews pounded and pried away Wednesday at Emerson Unitarian Church, congregation member Susie Klain was conducting a salvage mission. She snapped photographs of the remains of the building that had housed her church for the past quarter-century. "It's very sad to see it come down, knowing the hours we spent in that building," she said. The 70-year-old church on Jordan Avenue was yellow-tagged after the Northridge earthquake.
November 19, 2009 | Associated Press
The split over gay clerics within the country's largest Lutheran denomination has prompted a conservative faction to begin forming a new Lutheran church body separate from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Leaders of Lutheran CORE, or Coalition for Renewal, said Wednesday that a working group would immediately begin drafting a constitution and taking other steps to form the denomination, with hopes to have it off the ground by August. "There are many people within the ELCA who are very unhappy with what has happened," said the Rev. Paull Spring, chairman of Lutheran CORE and a retired ELCA bishop from State College, Pa. At its annual convention in Minneapolis in August, ELCA delegates voted to lift a ban that had prohibited sexually active gay and lesbian pastors from serving as clerics.
July 2, 1995 | TRACY WILSON
Hundreds of fancily dressed churchgoers crowded a hot, dusty courtyard in front of Camarillo's Padre Serra Catholic Church on Saturday to witness the dedication of the new $5-million sanctuary. They did not seem to notice the electrician still working on the wiring for the sprawling, 16,300-square-foot building, which sits atop a hill overlooking the city. Nor did they seem to notice that no one had planted greenery in the terra-cotta pots outside the salmon-colored, mission-style church.
October 3, 1990 | JOHN PENNER
Siding with about 75 protesting residents, the City Council unanimously rejected a massive church proposed for a site across the street from City Hall. Council members said the project would create too much traffic, noise, air pollution and demand for parking space. The Church of Religious Science sought to construct a two-story, 42,000-square-foot building, enclosing a 1,842-seat church, classrooms, activity rooms, offices, a bookstore and a chapel.
July 31, 1992 | JOHN BATTELLE
Plans for a new meeting hall at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Meiners Oaks were approved by the Ventura County Planning Commission Thursday. The commission's action clears the way for the completion of the 10,000-square-foot structure by 1994, church officials said. "It has been the dream of the parish for many years," said Deacon Bill Olivas, business manager for the church. "I am sure it will come to fruition." Located on California 33 at El Roblar Drive, St.
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