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July 25, 1999 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
He is arguably the nation's most influential African American televangelist, but for many years, says Pastor Frederick K.C. Price of Crenshaw Christian Center, a lot of blacks "thought I was white." Price, whose Vermont Avenue church is the nation's biggest religious sanctuary, with more than 10,000 seats, eschews the traditional black church's "emotionalism." He prefers opera to gospel music.
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May 23, 2001 | NOAKI SCHWARTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Congregants of the city's only Melkite Church welcomed Syria's new Catholic leader to Los Angeles on Tuesday, comparing the visit by black-robed Gregory III to an appearance by the Roman Catholic pope. Gregory III addressed about 30 churchgoers and reporters at a news conference in North Hollywood, his bearded and wizened face framed by silver medallions adorning his chest.
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August 15, 1988 | BOB SIPCHEN and DAVID JOHNSTON, Times Staff Writers
Overcoming negativity is integral to the teachings of the Los Angeles-based Church of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness, and its founder, John-Roger, whom followers believe is the embodiment of a Christ-like power called the "Mystical Traveler Consciousness" and something called the "Preceptor Consciousness."
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April 10, 2001 | CARLA HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It would never occur to Javier Gonzalez, 41, of Boyle Heights to vote today. Political talk at work has never tempted him. There are no campaign fliers, no TV ads, no issues that would jolt him into a voting booth. Yet, he's neither cynical nor apathetic. As far as he's concerned, he's already voted--for God. As a Jehovah's Witness, Gonzalez has essentially sworn, by his baptism in the faith, not to vote in any earthly election.
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February 1, 1999 | SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
God himself pulled the needle out of Sonny Arguinzoni's arm, or so the story goes. Grateful, the high school dropout, part-time purse snatcher and hope-to-die heroin addict repaid the miracle with one of his own. From an apartment in a Boyle Heights housing project, Arguinzoni started a Christian ministry. He called it Victory Outreach International and became Pastor Sonny to a flock that over three decades has swelled to 30,000.
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April 10, 2001 | CARLA HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It would never occur to Javier Gonzalez, 41, of Boyle Heights to vote today. Political talk at work has never tempted him. There are no campaign fliers, no TV ads, no issues that would jolt him into a voting booth. Yet, he's neither cynical nor apathetic. As far as he's concerned, he's already voted--for God. As a Jehovah's Witness, Gonzalez has essentially sworn, by his baptism in the faith, not to vote in any earthly election.
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September 9, 1989 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
On a spur-of-the-moment visit several years ago to Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose in Long Beach, the Rev. Frederick K. C. Price had a vision. "When we walked in that building to see the airplane, I said, 'This is what we need,' " Price recalled in a recent interview. Price immediately scrapped earlier construction plans and decided instead to build a domed church modeled after the building that houses the enormous wooden seaplane.
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October 16, 1994 | MARY HELEN BERG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On a cool, breezy evening in Chinatown, beneath a soulful black-and-white portrait of a man wearing a turban and white beard, weekly visitors trickle into the comfortable living room of Lourdes and Vahid Sanaei. An unemployed secretary, a computer programmer, a full-time mother, a flower-shop owner, a building supervisor. White, black, Latino and Iranian. Some murmur an Arabic greeting: Allah' u Abha: God is most glorious.
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September 12, 1988 | MATHIS CHAZANOV, Times Staff Writer
Southern California followers of the Bahai religion, which hopes one day to unify humanity, dedicated their new Los Angeles center Sunday with prayers in Russian, French, Tongan, Swahili and Persian, break-dancing and spirituals sung by a multiracial choir.
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April 1, 2001 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Reaching across religious and cultural lines, a Greek Orthodox archbishop, a Roman Catholic cardinal and Protestant and Jewish leaders on Saturday celebrated a revitalized neighborhood near downtown Los Angeles as a showcase of civic cooperation in the midst of diversity. Officially, the gathering was to honor Archbishop Demetrios, head of the Greek Orthodox Church in the United States, on his first official pastoral visit to Southern California.
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September 27, 2000 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Not to toot his own horn, but 6-year-old Sam Hounan figures he could grind out shofars for the Jewish New Year all day long if he had to. "I bet I can get this as smooth as glass. It's pretty hard, but I'm good at it," Sam said as he furiously rubbed sandpaper over the rough-edged sheep's horn he was clutching. Sam was one of 200 children swarming around worktables at a Westwood temple, where animal horns were being fashioned into ceremonial trumpets for use this week at Rosh Hashana services.
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August 26, 2000 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, two barefoot men dressed in white clothing and turbans approach the door of a bedroom inside the Sikh Gurdwara of Los Angeles, the largest Sikh temple in Southern California. The men briefly bow, hands pressed together in a sign of respect, and then quietly walk into the small room where there is a four-poster bed, a vase of flowers on a wooden stand and a set of drawers.
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June 26, 2000 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet on Sunday kicked off a new alliance between Southland Tibetans and Taiwanese, uniting in a common plea for freedom from China's territorial claims over their homelands as he began a weeklong series of public events in Los Angeles. Then, shifting from politics to religion, Tibet's spiritual and temporal leader delivered a Buddhist teaching on transforming the mind toward compassion.
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June 12, 2000 | JESSICA GARRISON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This Catholic church in the middle of Watts has stood strong through times of civil revolt and decades of demographic tumult. It survived unscathed when most everything around it burned during the riots of 1965 and then 1992. It has undergone profound demographic shifts: nearly all white through the 1920s, nearly all black in 1950s and '60s. Mostly Latino in 2000. The people of St. Lawrence of Brindisi have long represented the faces, struggles and celebrations of the people of Los Angeles.
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May 29, 2000 | MARGARET RAMIREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From blocks away on any Sunday afternoon, hundreds of homeless people, many waking from street corners or community shelters, move in a solemn line toward a parking lot at Fourth and Crocker streets on skid row. On the lot, a blue tent shelters the Korean choir from the sweltering sun as they lead their congregation with a bass and tambourine in singing praises to Jesus.
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June 6, 1994 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A total of 45,100 people attended the five-day Luis Palau evangelistic crusade that ended Sunday--a figure that one crusade official said "was nothing short of miraculous" since the San Fernando Valley has few large churches and no arena to hold major rallies. The Sunday afternoon crowd of 9,100 at Birmingham High School's football field pushed the Valley crusade's total attendance slightly above the audience Palau drew in Fort Worth, Tex., last year.
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December 12, 1999 | MARGARET RAMIREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bearing red roses, rosary beads and banners emblazoned with the image of the Virgin Mary, more than 50,000 people gathered Saturday in Los Angeles in an outpouring of faith and devotion to honor the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
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May 8, 2000 | MARGARET RAMIREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They say their confessions before Mass in a space as big as a bathroom with a bamboo screen separating priest from sinner. They worship inside a Pico-Union warehouse that they have transformed with their candles, flowers and spirit into a soulful holy place. The statues that were damaged in the fire last year are being refurbished and returning to the congregation in the warehouse, like old friends recovering from smoke inhalation. What happens to a community after a fire destroys its church?
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April 19, 2000 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Why is this Seder different from all other Seders? At a Passover ritual feast near Griffith Park this week, the unleavened bread was laid out just as it has been for more than 3,000 years. The traditional songs were sung, the four questions asked about why Passover is different from all other nights as a gathering of 300 people celebrated the timeless story of the Jewish people's exodus from Egypt and liberation from slavery.
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