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April 7, 2013
Re "President Obama doesn't have a 'pastor problem,'" Perspective, April 4 Thanks to Robin Abcarian for her excellent analysis of the sermon preached on Easter Sunday at St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington with President Obama in attendance. She is so right about the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama's former longtime pastor, not being "entirely wrong" in condemning America for its poor treatment of minorities. He wasn't off message; he simply spoke to the American culture that he knew so well.
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SPORTS
November 6, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA cornerback Fabien Moreau has had a slight limp in practice this week, the result of a left leg injury he suffered against Colorado on Saturday. Coach Jim Mora said that Moreau would play. But cornerback Brandon Sermons is ready should Moreau be unable to play, or gets reinjured. “Hopefully, Fabien heals up and is ready to go,” Sermons said. “I think he will.” Sermons has seen considerable time at cornerback this season, usually in the Bruins' pass defense packages.
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NATIONAL
May 22, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
A North Carolina pastor may have thought he was simply addressing his local flock when he suggested that gays and lesbians be rounded up and held behind electrified fences until they die off. Now, he's finding himself under fire across the country. The sermon, captured on a video camera and posted Monday on YouTube, has gone viral: In the last 24 hours, it's been viewed more than  282,500 times and has been covered in blogs, in newspapers and by TV stations from coast to coast.
WORLD
September 10, 2013 | By Laura King and Ingy Hassieb
CAIRO -- Ratcheting up the pressure on followers of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egyptian authorities in effect have banned tens of thousands of unlicensed clerics from delivering mosque sermons. The ban appears to be aimed at neutralizing imams, or preachers, who have been speaking out -- even if only in allegorical fashion -- against the July 3 coup that deposed Mohamed Morsi , the country's democratically elected Islamist president. Such sermons sometimes take place in unlicensed mosques or small community prayer rooms known as zawiyas . About 55,000 so-called freelance clerics will be affected, said Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa , whose heads the state Ministry of Endowments, which regulates some religious assets and issued the ruling.
NEWS
August 19, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- On the Sunday morning TV news shows, surrogates for President Obama and Mitt Romney were duking it out over healthcare, Medicare and whether their ads are getting too nasty. Both candidates, meanwhile, were at worship with their families. The Obamas walked from the White House and across Lafayette Park on Sunday morning to attend a service at St. John's Episcopal Church, where they heard a message about working together despite political division. Delivering the sermon was Rev. Michael Angell, who mentioned the shooting at the Family Research Council building in Washington.
OPINION
November 15, 2005
Re "Jesus Christ, policy wonk," Opinion, Nov. 13 The level of toxicity in the Catherine Seipp piece must not go unremarked. What she's trying to do is transform a sane, humane stance -- a minister being opposed to the war -- into something equal parts vile and foolish. Should the Rev. George Regas have preached about a Jesus who actually rejoices in the tens of thousands of dead civilians, who delights in seeing the endless loop of men push-brooming pools of blood after another car-bombing?
WORLD
July 17, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim
A self-described "party girl," 28-year-old Ameneh Saeedi has spent the last few days brushing up on her prayers, which she hasn't performed since she was forced to in high school.
OPINION
November 24, 2006
Re "The sermon that provoked the IRS," Nov. 18 Thank you for printing the sermon that got All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena into trouble with the Internal Revenue Service, ostensibly for endorsing a presidential candidate. In reading the Rev. George Regas' words, he seems to only marginally prefer John Kerry over George Bush; he in fact scolds both for not rising above the arguments about how to manage the Iraq war, to the urgent question of the immorality of war. What a relief to hear that war is wrong and especially to be reminded that it is not only Americans who are dying in this war. Bravo to All Saints for speaking out and upholding moral and truly Christian values.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 1998
Excerpts from sermons to be delivered around Orange County on Sunday: WORD OF GOD: "The sermon for the day is not a lecture on a religious topic, but the Word of God. It is a message sent from God through a messenger. . . . The best thing to say to a pastor if the sermon is helpful to you is 'Thank you,' not 'That was a good sermon.' (Of course, it is better to say 'That was a good sermon' than to say 'That was a lousy sermon.'
BUSINESS
July 25, 2007 | Alana Semuels, Times Staff Writer
The Rev. Frederick K.C. Price may have two Bentleys, but a spokesman for his 22,000-member church says his Palos Verdes house doesn't boast 25 rooms and he definitely doesn't own a helicopter. A lawsuit Price filed Tuesday claims that ABC's "20/20" defamed him when it suggested otherwise, portraying him as a "hypocrite and thief" who financed an extravagant lifestyle with church funds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber
As a child, L.A. Archbishop Jose Horacio Gomez traveled back and forth across the border from his home in Monterrey, Mexico, to his uncle's in San Antonio, Texas. He made the trip so often that he hardly distinguished between Mexico and the United States. "It was easy to cross in those times," says Gomez, now 61, who became a citizen in his mid-40s. "I guess my first impression was that people could live in both countries at the same time. " When he talks about the border, he slips into the Spanish slang of his childhood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2013 | By Hailey Branson Potts
In the wake of the Boston bombing, Muslims "find ourselves in that very awkward and uncomfortable place," said Mather Hathout, the senior advisor of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. In a sermon at the Islamic Center of Southern California in Los Angeles, Hathout told worshipers before Friday prayers to expect questions from non-Muslims. "People will come to you … to find answers, and they have that right," he said. "Life is not fair. You will be put in that position … [of people asking]
SPORTS
April 20, 2013 | By Chris Foster
They were damaged goods a year ago, with a new coaching staff coming in. Defensive backs Anthony Jefferson and Brandon Sermons had little opportunity to make an initial impression. Jefferson was still recovering from a back surgery that forced him to sit out the 2011 season. Sermons had seen limited duty after suffering a broken leg that wiped his 2010 season. Both are making an impression this spring. "They are putting themselves in position to show who they were coming out of high school," said secondary coach Demetrice Martin . "Both of them were pretty highly recruited guys.
NEWS
April 19, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Maher Hathout stayed up until the wee hours of Friday morning, watching television news coverage of a long, violent night in Boston and the manhunt for suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing. Hathout, the senior advisor of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, slept only a few hours and woke early to pray. His wife told him the suspects -- two young Chechen men -- were Muslim, and he soon saw vitriol on Facebook: people saying that they didn't want Muslims in the country and that they should "go home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter and Joseph Serna
When in pain, pray. When you worry, worship. When in grief, share it in your small group. The Facebook post, sent in the early morning hours Friday by famed pastor Rick Warren, was short on words but deep in meaning. Since the suicide of his son a week earlier, the pastor of Orange County's sprawling Saddleback Church is indeed sharing his grief. But his “small group” includes not only his parishioners, but nearly a million Twitter followers as well as those who read his Facebook page.
OPINION
April 7, 2013
Re "President Obama doesn't have a 'pastor problem,'" Perspective, April 4 Thanks to Robin Abcarian for her excellent analysis of the sermon preached on Easter Sunday at St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington with President Obama in attendance. She is so right about the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama's former longtime pastor, not being "entirely wrong" in condemning America for its poor treatment of minorities. He wasn't off message; he simply spoke to the American culture that he knew so well.
NATIONAL
January 10, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - An evangelical minister who was asked to give the benediction at President Obama's inauguration ceremony pulled out of the event Thursday after a controversy about comments he made against homosexuality in the 1990s. On Tuesday, the presidential inaugural committee announced that it had invited the Rev. Louie Giglio, head pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta, to participate in the Jan. 21 ceremony. Soon afterward, the liberal website ThinkProgress posted excerpts and an audio file of a sermon Giglio gave in the mid-1990s, in which he criticizes homosexuality as profoundly antithetical to Christianity.
OPINION
October 22, 2011 | Patt Morrison
Yep, that was George Regas in that photo — the man in the purple ecclesiastical robe and handcuffs. The rector emeritus of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena chose to get busted this month outside the downtown federal building protesting the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. A few days earlier, scores of mostly conservative ministers across the country had deliberately defied the IRS ban on candidate endorsements by tax-exempt churches. Regas had tripped that wire inadvertently seven years ago, with a sermon that caught the IRS' ear and could have cost All Saints its tax exemption.
OPINION
January 27, 2013 | By D.J. Waldie
In January 2002, the Boston Globe published the first in a series of articles that exposed the sordid history of sexual abuse of youth in the Boston Roman Catholic archdiocese. Those stories revealed how church officials had kept knowledge of abuse from parishioners and kept abusing priests in parishes where they continued to blight the lives and faith of the innocent. Later in 2002, as more cases of sexual abuse in more dioceses tumbled out of the dark and the silence to which they had been consigned, the U.S. Conference of Bishops hurriedly promised transparency.
NATIONAL
January 10, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - An evangelical minister who was asked to give the benediction at President Obama's inauguration ceremony pulled out of the event Thursday after a controversy about comments he made against homosexuality in the 1990s. On Tuesday, the presidential inaugural committee announced that it had invited the Rev. Louie Giglio, head pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta, to participate in the Jan. 21 ceremony. Soon afterward, the liberal website ThinkProgress posted excerpts and an audio file of a sermon Giglio gave in the mid-1990s, in which he criticizes homosexuality as profoundly antithetical to Christianity.
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