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October 2, 1992 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Church elder James C. Truxton, regarded as a hero to one of Orange County's largest religious congregations, has been expelled from the First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton after church officials said he admitted molesting several young female church members. The announcement came last Sunday during regular services in a stunning letter written by the 77-year-old Truxton that was read to the congregation by Senior Pastor Charles R. Swindoll.
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March 17, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The nominee to replace a breakaway bishop ousted by Episcopal leaders is meeting with San Joaquin Valley congregations ahead of an upcoming vote. Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, the head of national church, has recommended Jerry A. Lamb to serve as the new bishop for the Diocese of San Joaquin. National church leaders on Wednesday removed Bishop John-David Schofield as the head of the Fresno-based diocese, which seceded last December over the Episcopal Church's ordination of women and gays.
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July 20, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Gunmen burst into a church in the city of Palu, Indonesia, and shot dead a Protestant minister as she delivered her sermon, sparking fears of fresh religious violence, officials said. Four teenagers in Susianti Tinolele's congregation were wounded, police said. Palu is near the district of Poso, where more than 2,000 people have died in Muslim-Christian clashes since 1999.
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October 20, 2007 | K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
Speaking with mutual respect and sensitivity, prominent Christian, Jewish and Muslim scholars and clergy from around the country met in Los Angeles this week to "wrestle" with what one rabbi described as the "dark side" of the three faith traditions. Experts cited "problematic" passages from the Hebrew Scripture, the New Testament and the Koran that assert the superiority of one belief system over others. As an example, the Rt. Rev.
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March 18, 2004 | E. Scott Reckard, Times Staff Writer
The president and treasurer of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel have resigned after the church's loss of $14 million in two allegedly fraudulent investment schemes, the Los Angeles-based institution said Wednesday. Foursquare's board of directors last week accepted the resignation of President Paul Risser, a minister with the Pentecostal church for more than 40 years and its top executive since 1998.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2007 | Steve Padilla, Times Staff Writer
He made it sound so simple. Indian spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar brought his message of hope and love to Los Angeles this week, and again and again offered the same advice: Be at peace, be good to others. During brief remarks and then in a wide-ranging and lengthy question-and-answer session with a rapt audience in Westwood, the bearded and robed guru repeatedly revisited his central theme as questioners sought guidance on how to navigate the world.
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June 29, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Lodi Muslim Mosque has fired a religious leader who has been accused by U.S. government officials of speaking out against the United States and supporting Osama bin Laden in the wake of the September 2001 terrorist attacks. Shabbir Ahmed is one of two imams detained on immigration charges as part of an FBI investigation into alleged terror activities in Lodi's Islamic community. One imam's son also faces deportation to Pakistan. A father and son, both U.S.
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June 15, 2004 | From Associated Press
Six Saudi clerics who once espoused Islamic radicalism have condemned a wave of attacks on Westerners, part of the kingdom's efforts to rally its people against Al Qaeda's campaign to oust the ruling family. The U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia met Monday with relatives of two Americans who were the latest victims of militant attacks: Kenneth Scroggs, who was gunned down in his garage, and Paul M. Johnson, who was kidnapped, reportedly after being drugged. Ambassador James C.
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February 24, 2007 | Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writer
Top Anglicans at a crucial meeting in Tanzania this week sternly rebuked their communion's American branch on issues involving sexuality and biblical interpretation. The decisions now facing the U.S. Episcopal Church and the global Anglican Communion may push them further down the road toward schism. Who attended the Dar es Salaam gathering, and what happened? About three dozen of the worldwide Anglican Communion's top bishops, or primates, participated in the Feb.
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March 3, 2007 | K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
Asian American churches are going through a "crisis of leadership" because seminaries are not preparing a new generation of pastors to work in multi-generational and multicultural settings, Asian American Christian leaders say. The problem, the leaders say, affects churches throughout the country but is particularly pronounced in California.
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October 9, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Doctors in Miami halted liver transplant surgery on the leader of Greece's Orthodox Church because his cancer appeared to have spread into his abdomen. Archbishop Christodoulos, 68, was diagnosed with liver and colon cancer in June after undergoing intestinal surgery, but it was not known that it had spread. Doctors said a transplant was not possible because anti-rejection drugs would fuel the cancer tumors' growth.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2007 | K. Connie Kang, Times Staff Writer
In a strong show of solidarity, leaders from different faiths came together Friday in Los Angeles' Koreatown to urge the release of the remaining 19 South Korean Christian aid workers being held in Afghanistan by Taliban insurgents. In a message directed at the international community, 25 representatives of Buddhist, Christian, Jewish and Muslim groups said hostage-taking violates tenets of all religions.
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August 18, 2007 | Steve Padilla, Times Staff Writer
He made it sound so simple. Indian spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar brought his message of hope and love to Los Angeles this week, and again and again offered the same advice: Be at peace, be good to others. During brief remarks and then in a wide-ranging and lengthy question-and-answer session with a rapt audience in Westwood, the bearded and robed guru repeatedly revisited his central theme as questioners sought guidance on how to navigate the world.
WORLD
July 31, 2007 | Ramin Mostaghim and Borzou Daragahi, Special to The Times
A Shiite Muslim cleric heading a powerful religious committee died Monday, paving the way for a potentially divisive succession battle between the clique surrounding conservative President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and more moderate political factions. Ayatollah Ali Akbar Faiz Meshkini died at the age of 86, state media reported.
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July 28, 2007
The former music director of a Catholic church has been charged with having unlawful sex with a 16-year-old female choir member in 1995, authorities said Friday. Albert Lee Schildknecht, 56, the former music director of St. Timothy Roman Catholic Church, is accused of orally copulating and digitally penetrating the minor, whom he met at the church when he was 44. If convicted, he could face more than four years in prison.
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July 4, 2007 | Mubashir Zaidi and Laura King, Special to The Times
A 6-month-long standoff between Pakistani authorities and followers of a pair of radical Muslim clerics erupted Tuesday into a shootout in the heart of the capital that left at least 11 people dead. The confrontation at the Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque, coincides with a political crisis that has left President Pervez Musharraf with a precarious grip on power. Adding to a sense of chaos, record flooding over the last week in the south has driven hundreds of thousands of people from their homes.
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July 14, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The attorneys general of Arizona and Utah announced a $10,000 reward in Phoenix for information leading to the arrest of the reclusive leader of a polygamous church based in communities along the states' common border. Warren Jeffs, 49, who has not been publicly sighted in months, was charged in Arizona in early June with counts that include conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2001 | Religion News Service
Four years after former President Bill Clinton refused to sign an international treaty banning the production and use of land mines, religious leaders and activists opposed to the weapons gathered this week on Capitol Hill to urge President Bush to support the agreement. "Land mines have failed as a military weapon, only to become a constant daily threat to the lives of civilians," said the Rev. Bob Edgar, general secretary of the National Council of Churches.
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June 30, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
A former Camarillo church youth minister has been arrested on suspicion of child molestation and sexual assault of three teenage girls and possession of child pornography on his home computer, authorities said Friday. Mark Holland McDowell, 46, was arrested at his Camarillo home Thursday in connection with the molestation and sexual assault of the girls when they were 13 and 14 between 1991 and 1999, authorities said. He was released on $50,000 bail.
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June 8, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
A Calvary Chapel youth leader faces four counts of unlawful sex with a 14-year-old girl he met through the church. Cezar David Soriano, 23, of Tustin was charged with felony unlawful sexual intercourse, oral copulation of a minor between ages 14 and 15, and felony sexual penetration by foreign object of a minor. If convicted on all four counts he faces a maximum sentence of four years and six months in prison. Soriano is scheduled for arraignment today. He is being held on $100,000 bail.
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