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August 4, 1993 | LOUIS SAHAGUN and ANN ROVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Only a little more than a week before Pope John Paul II arrives with a message of peace for the world's youth, Colorado officials are struggling with overdue logistical planning for the largest gathering in Denver history and an alarming rise in violent street crimes. Over the past week, two boys and a 12-year-old girl were hospitalized and one man killed in separate drive-by shootings.
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June 4, 2004 | Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writer
The Episcopal bishop of Los Angeles was forbidden from delivering a welcoming speech at a regional meeting of conservative Episcopalians that opened Thursday in Long Beach because he refused to sign a statement declaring that belief in Jesus as savior was the only way to get to heaven. By requiring such a statement for conference attendance, leaders of the conservative American Anglican Council said they wanted the meeting to be a "safe place" for Episcopalians who dissented from the U.S.
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April 25, 1992 | From Religious News Service
Controversy over homosexuality is causing the most sparks as United Methodists gear up for their May 5-15 General Conference in Louisville, Ky. Petitions, letters and speeches have fed arguments over whether the church should reverse its position that Christianity and homosexual practice are incompatible. Polls of delegates place homosexuality at the top of the agenda of the General Conference, the church's top policy-making body.
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August 31, 2003 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
A 22-year-old college student more sure about her spirituality than her future, Corin Navarro is a Catholic in transition. She came to Anaheim this weekend for the Southern California Renewal Communities' Convention, a three-day event targeted at followers of the Roman Catholic Church's charismatic movement. For the first time, the convention included a young-adult program for college students, and singles and couples in their 20s and 30s.
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September 9, 1999
Organizers of the fourth annual Women of Faith gathering expect 19,000 this weekend in the city. The event is billed as a female counterpoint to Promise Keepers, although there is no formal connection between the organizations. "Our conferences are both gender-specific, biblically based and focus on putting your faith in the person of Jesus Christ," said Mary Graham, vice president of conference development for Women of Faith.
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June 13, 1998 | Religion News Service
Southern Baptists ended their annual meeting Thursday by narrowly defeating a proposal calling on President Clinton's Little Rock, Ark., church to discipline him if he refuses to rescind an executive order barring discrimination against gay federal employees. The proposal, which won 48% of the votes cast, was put forward by Wiley Drake, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park, Calif., who last year led the convention's move to boycott Walt Disney Co.
NEWS
June 11, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
President Clinton politely dissented when his church said wives should "submit graciously" to their husbands. "What can I do about it?"
NEWS
February 19, 1994 | MARTIN MILLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Cardinal Roger M. Mahony on Friday opened a religious congress by declaring his uncompromising support for two church officials under attack by conservative Catholics as "dissenters in sheep's clothing."
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 1991 | Religious News Service
A growing and affluent congregation here has severed ties with the Episcopal Church, citing displeasure with what it views as the weakened moral stance of the 2.4-million-member denomination. The congregation, one of the area's fastest-growing, is the second to take such a step since the denomination's General Convention met in Phoenix in July. The church's rector, the Rev.
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October 12, 1987
Pope John Paul II celebrated a special Mass in St. Peter's Basilica to mark the 25th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. "The council accomplished an immense work," John Paul said, speaking from the same pulpit that Pope John XXIII used to inaugurate Vatican II on Oct. 11, 1962. But he said that some council reforms have yet to be implemented adequately. The council was held from 1962 to 1965 in four sessions attended by more than 3,000 prelates and theologians.
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July 12, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
At the 200th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Unitarian Universalists recently held their largest gathering in a heady convention that painted a mixed outlook for liberal religion. More than 7,200 Unitarians attended the denomination's 42nd General Assembly. Recent annual assemblies have attracted about 4,000 at best. Emerson, the 19th century New England essayist and philosopher, was one of the shapers of Unitarianism's non-creedal faith.
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May 11, 2003 | William Lobdell, Times Staff Writer
The new kids on the block aren't headliners at a Billy Graham crusade. The Rev. Billy Graham is 84. Cliff Burrows, music and program director, is a relatively chipper 80. And the featured singer, baritone George Beverly Shea, is 94. The gray-haired trio has been together for more than 50 years, having appeared before an estimated live audience of 210 million in more than 185 countries and territories.
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May 9, 2003 | William Lobdell, Times Staff Writer
Under threatening night skies, the Rev. Billy Graham kicked off his 413th crusade Thursday in a San Diego stadium, preaching the same simple message he's delivered for more than 60 years: Jesus loves you. A crowd of 54,000 came to see the North Carolina pastor for perhaps the last time at a crusade.
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May 3, 2003 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
The praying won't stop until something happens. That's the slogan for "Mission San Diego," which is expected to draw 200,000-plus Christians next week to hear the Rev. Billy Graham. Because of health problems and age, many followers believe the mission will be the last time the fiery 84-year-old preacher appears in Southern California, where his evangelical career began.
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December 9, 1999 | DEAN E. MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a stern message for the 21st century, the Dalai Lama said Wednesday that religious people must do more than offer prayers if the world is to become a better place to live. "Change only takes place through action," said the exiled Buddhist spiritual leader of Tibet. "Frankly speaking, not through prayer or meditation, but through action."
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September 12, 1999 | MARIA ELENA FERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fifteen-year-old Andrea Smith felt outrageous joy as her eyes scanned the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim on Saturday and she realized the power of God's love in the 18,000 women surrounding her. Penny Schwider, a 79-year-old widow, shared in that sense of outrageous joy as the spirited speakers at the fourth annual Women of Faith conference roused her memories of the man she was married to for 55 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 1991 | JOHN DART, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
In a three-year study released Friday, an Episcopal Church commission recommends that bishops be allowed to ordain openly gay and lesbian seminarians to the priesthood. The 2.5-million-member denomination, which will consider the report at its July convention in Phoenix, has generally followed a 1979 convention resolution specifying that it was "not appropriate" to ordain active homosexuals even though the issue remains hotly debated.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 1990 | JOHN DART, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
The Episcopal Church will hold its 1991 General Convention in Phoenix despite the defeat on Election Day of a referendum designating Martin Luther King Day as a state holiday. Presiding Bishop Edmond Browning, who traveled to Phoenix last spring to lobby for the holiday, expressed disappointment at the measure's narrow defeat. Some Episcopal church leaders urged a move after the Nov. 6 vote.
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September 9, 1999
Organizers of the fourth annual Women of Faith gathering expect 19,000 this weekend in the city. The event is billed as a female counterpoint to Promise Keepers, although there is no formal connection between the organizations. "Our conferences are both gender-specific, biblically based and focus on putting your faith in the person of Jesus Christ," said Mary Graham, vice president of conference development for Women of Faith.
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July 24, 1999 | ELEANOR YANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kimberly Lowry felt as if her heart were melting Friday as she watched people at the Harvest Crusade gather to accept God. As someone who gave up drugs and an abusive relationship three years ago to live a faithful life, Lowry, 27, of Lake Elsinore, said she was overjoyed to share that moment with others: "I get tears in my eyes when I see it all, because I know where they've come from."
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