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February 29, 1992 | From Religious News Service
In a seminary class in Ohio, students discuss Superman comics. In another in Oklahoma, they view films such as "Star Wars" or "Blade Runner." And in Denver, students clip out magazine ads to be used as a basis for discussions. Such activities, commonplace in college and university courses in popular culture or mass communications, are increasingly turning up in theology courses in seminaries around the country.
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February 23, 2014 | By Kurt Streeter
Chelsea McInturff and Samantha Curley were eager for a public conversation about film, gay sexuality and Christian life, but they weren't sure whether it was the right time - or the right place. They stood nervously inside an auditorium at Pasadena's evangelical Fuller Theological Seminary last spring, worried the drama they were about to screen - - about a teen coming out as lesbian - would end up offending an audience of students and professors who didn't necessarily approve of its story line.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 1989 | Associated Press
The eight seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America face a financial crisis, says the Rev. Roger W. Fjeld, president of Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He told a meeting here that the seminaries are working as a "network" to increase endowments and take other steps to overcome the crisis and keep the seminaries vital.
WORLD
December 2, 2013 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - It is a distressingly common part of life in modern Mexico: the bullying phone call demanding that the person who answers pay up - or else. Businesses get the extortion calls. Families get them. And now, apparently, so has the country's main Roman Catholic seminary. In a sermon Sunday, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera announced that a vice rector at the Conciliar Seminary of Mexico received a number of threatening phone calls Nov. 20-21. The callers, the cardinal said, demanded 60,000 pesos - about $4,500 - "in exchange for respecting the lives of the superiors of that institution," according to a statement issued Sunday evening by the Archdiocese of Mexico.
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January 6, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, embroiled in a two-year dispute between faculty and a fundamentalist-dominated administration, has been placed "on warning" by an accrediting agency. The Southern Assn. of Colleges and Schools says the Wake Forest, N.C., seminary must correct various deficiencies within two years or face further measures.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
Trustees of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary have approved new faculty hiring guidelines that were worked out in a compromise with faculty after adoption of a more restrictive employment policy last fall. At their September, 1990, meeting, the trustees voted to use criteria established in a 1986 report of the Southern Baptist Peace Committee as conditions for the hiring, promotion or granting of tenure to members of the faculty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1999 | Larry Stammer
Underscoring the prominence of Judaism on the West Coast, a leading New York-based organization for Conservative Judaism has for the first time elected a Los Angeles rabbinical seminary as a permanent member. The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies of the University of Judaism, which ordained its first graduates last May, became a full member this month of the Leadership Council of Conservative Judaism.
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March 29, 1997 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A San Fernando Valley megachurch will launch a seminary next year that will be the only theological school on the West Coast for the steadily growing charismatic-Pentecostal movement. The Rev. Jack Hayford, pastor of the 8,900-member Church on the Way and a nationally known figure in conservative Christian circles, said the seminary will open in September 1998 in an existing five-story education building on the church's west campus.
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April 3, 1999 | Associated Press
After an extended shutdown during a ruinous civil war, Liberia Baptist Theological Seminary in Monrovia has been reopened with 95 students, according to the Southern Baptist Convention press service. The campus was closed when the war began in 1990. Peacekeeping troops from Ghana lived there and protected it from looters. The school offered classes at a temporary location between 1993 and 1996. Liberia and China are the oldest mission fields of the U.S.
WORLD
August 13, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A papal emissary investigating suspected homosexuality and child pornography among student priests shut down the Austrian seminary at the center of the scandal, acknowledging "very painful" revelations of sexual misconduct. Bishop Klaus Kung was looking into allegations that seminarians were hoarding child pornography and had taken photos showing them fondling one another. Kung did not say how long the seminary in the city of St. Poelten would remain closed.
WORLD
November 21, 2013 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Mark Magnier
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- A suspected U.S. drone attack early Thursday on a religious seminary believed to be linked to the ruthless Haqqani insurgent network killed at least six people and wounded eight, according to police and witnesses. Residents of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province said the drone fired four missiles at the hard-line Taleem-ul-Quran seminary in the garrison town of Thall at around 7 a.m. local time, destroying two of the institution's mud-built walls. The seminary is run by Qari Noor Ullah, a religious leader affiliated with the Haqqani group, and is located near a major Pakistan army garrison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2012 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
Robert Van Handel remembered the boy as about 9 years old, tan, effeminate. "Now that I think back on it, he was probably the most beautiful child that I molested," Van Handel wrote to a therapist. Van Handel, a priest who ran a boys choir in Santa Barbara, said he coaxed the boy into posing for nude photographs. He described the experience as "stimulating" in a graphic account of improprieties he said he carried out at a Franciscan boarding school there. For decades, the now-shuttered St. Anthony's Seminary was awash in dark secrets.
WORLD
December 13, 2011 | By Nasir Khan and Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Pakistani police rescued about 68 students from an Islamic seminary in Karachi, several of whom were reportedly chained in a basement, denied food and pressured to join the Taliban, officials said Tuesday. It wasn't immediately clear why the students, some as young as 12 and some in their 40s, were subjected to such treatment. But police, who conducted the raid late Monday after a tip from neighbors, told local news media that some of the students were drug addicts sent there by parents or other relatives unaware of the horrible conditions.
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May 16, 2011 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
Leaders of the Claremont School of Theology will announce Monday the gift of $40 million from an Arizona couple to help expand the Christian divinity institution into a university that will include training for Jewish and Muslim clergy. The donation from David Lincoln, a Claremont trustee, and his wife, Joan, is the largest ever to the 126-year-old theology school, which enrolls about 240 students in master's and doctorate programs in religion and counseling. The couple also gave $10 million to the school last year.
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June 27, 2010 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
The United Methodist Church has lifted sanctions against the Claremont School of Theology, which risked breaking its longstanding ties with the church when it announced plans earlier this year to begin training Muslim imams and Jewish rabbis in addition to Christian pastors. In a terse statement Friday, the United Methodist University Senate announced that it had rescinded a public warning and restored funding to the school, which will remain affiliated with the church. The senate oversees all Methodist-affiliated seminaries.
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June 9, 2010 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
In a bow to the growing diversity of America's religious landscape, the Claremont School of Theology, a Christian institution with long ties to the Methodist Church, will add clerical training for Muslims and Jews to its curriculum this fall, to become, in a sense, the first truly multi-faith American seminary. The transition, which is being formally announced Wednesday, upends centuries of tradition in which seminaries have hewn not just to single faiths but often to single denominations within those faiths.
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December 26, 1992 | From Associated Press
The Rev. Paige Paterson, new president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, says he will ride out the storm over the school's continuing probation. "Look, when you're in a rodeo, trying to stay on the bucking back of several hundred pounds of irritated bull, which sports a healthy disdain for all human fellowship, and the pickup men don't arrive on time, you don't just fall off and then shoot the animal.
NEWS
December 21, 1991 | Associated Press
Princeton Theological Seminary says it has received a full set of photographs of the Dead Sea Scrolls from the Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif. The Huntington previously had opened its photographs of the scrolls to scholars, breaking a monopoly a small group of translators have had for 40 years.
SPORTS
February 8, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
Loosely tied to a rivalry that often splits loyalties in the Southland, it is a decades-old tradition celebrating fraternity, faith, sports and a shared experience. And it started, its organizer notes, with a prank -- an act of deception by a group of would-be Catholic priests. Basketball, it seems, pulled them from the righteous path. It was February 1971 and, like thousands of other hoops-loving Southern Californians, some sports-minded students at St. John's Seminary College in Camarillo were galvanized by a midseason showdown between unbeaten USC and once-beaten UCLA, the four-time defending national champion.
SPORTS
January 2, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
Tony Seminary never expected to experience Pasadena in January after enduring Boise in September. Yet there the Oregon football fan was Friday afternoon at the Rose Bowl, a T-shirt with quarterback Jeremiah Masoli's No. 8 on his back and a plastic duck call draped from his neck. "To be here today from that," Seminary said, referring to the Ducks' 19-8 loss to Boise State in their season opener, "I would have never guessed." Seminary was so disgusted with the Ducks' listless play against the Broncos -- not to mention the infamous postgame punch by running back LeGarrette Blount -- that he e-mailed Oregon Coach Chip Kelly and jokingly attached an invoice for his travel expenses.
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