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October 14, 1995 | GENA PASILLAS
The Rev. Chris Schriner will give the message "Ministry Sunday: Visions for the Future of Our Faith" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Laguna Beach. Ministry Sunday will be celebrated. A religious education program for children ages 4 to 15 will be held during the service. The center is at 429 Cypress Drive. (714) 497-4563.
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December 20, 2009 | By David Zucchino
When Cecil Bothwell took the oath of office as a city councilman this month, he did not swear to uphold the U.S. and North Carolina constitutions "so help me God." He merely affirmed that he would, without mentioning the Almighty. Nor did the political newcomer place his hand on a Bible. He simply kept it at his side. Bothwell, you see, is an atheist -- or as he often describes himself, a "post-theist." And that has outraged some in this picturesque mountain resort who say Bothwell violated an obscure clause in the state constitution that disqualifies from elected office "any person who shall deny the being of Almighty God."
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February 9, 1987 | Associated Press
A minister handed out condoms to his congregation at Sunday's service to dramatize the need for measures to stop the spread of the deadly disease AIDS. "We should be having a dialogue about these issues, shouldn't we? But most of us are still squeamish," the Rev. Carl F. Titchener told about 250 people who packed the Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst.
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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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October 17, 1998
Ventura's Unitarian Universalist Church will hold a fund-raising auction at the church beginning at 5 p.m. today. "Hot Hawaiian Nights in Ventura" will be the theme and dinners, artworks and cultural outings will be auctioned. Appetizers and the silent auction start the evening. The live auction begins at 7. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, call 644-3898. Unitarian Universalist Church is at 4949 Foothill Road.
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September 12, 1985 | DAVID HALDANE, Times Staff Writer
The new ministers began the church service by imparting keepsakes to their congregation. Sam Wright gave a belt buckle fashioned from the horn of the first caribou he ever killed. "It meant we survived," had food to eat in the wilderness, he explained later. "It's a sacred item."
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December 13, 1987 | BILL STEIGERWALD
If the Rev. Jerry Falwell ever found himself at a Sunday morning service at the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, he might think he had died and gone to hell. The congregation of the handsome Unitarian Universalist church is made up mostly of secular humanists and even some atheists. And the minister, the Rev.
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June 24, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The Unitarian Universalist Assn. elected its first black president in the denomination's 40-year history at its annual convention in Cleveland. The Rev. William G. Sinkford, 54, won by a 2-1 margin--2,218 votes to 1,043 votes--over the Rev. Diane M. W. Miller, who would have been the first woman president. Miller has been director of ministry since 1993. Sinkford succeeds the Rev. John A. Buehrens, who served two four-year terms.
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May 15, 1999 | Associated Press
The Unitarian Universalist Assn. can once again present religious medals to Boy Scouts. The association, whose 250,000 members espouse widely varying beliefs including forms of Buddhism and feminist-inspired "Earth-centered spirituality," has a more liberal view of homosexuality than the Boy Scouts of America.
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April 11, 1996 | FRANK MANNING
Emerson Unitarian Church will break ground Sunday for its new church. The ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. at 7304 Jordan Ave. in Canoga Park. Church officials say that construction is expected to be completed in the fall. The one-story, 3,700-square-foot stucco building will also house a social hall, church officials said. The plans call for another structure of about the same size that officials said will house a day-care program and administrative offices.
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June 24, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The Unitarian Universalist Assn. elected its first black president in the denomination's 40-year history at its annual convention in Cleveland. The Rev. William G. Sinkford, 54, won by a 2-1 margin--2,218 votes to 1,043 votes--over the Rev. Diane M. W. Miller, who would have been the first woman president. Miller has been director of ministry since 1993. Sinkford succeeds the Rev. John A. Buehrens, who served two four-year terms.
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May 7, 2001 | DAVID PIERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At a church that welcomes atheists as well as Christians, it was almost fitting to see beagles mingling with Akitas and poodles playing with chow chows Sunday at the annual animal blessing at Sepulveda Unitarian-Universalist Society in North Hills. "We're blessing them because most people treat [their pets] like property, but they're not," said Emma Rosloff, 12, who helped conduct the ceremony. "People don't respect animals enough."
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May 29, 1999 | Religion News Service
The Boy Scouts of America have rescinded an offer to reauthorize the Unitarian Universalist Assn. to issue its Religion in Life award to Scouts who are Unitarians, adding a new wave of contention to a battle that many felt had been fought and settled. The Boy Scouts' decision was conveyed to the Unitarians, a progressive church with roots going back to colonial times, , just weeks after Unitarian President John A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1999 | Associated Press
The Unitarian Universalist Assn. can once again present religious medals to Boy Scouts. The association, whose 250,000 members espouse widely varying beliefs including forms of Buddhism and feminist-inspired "Earth-centered spirituality," has a more liberal view of homosexuality than the Boy Scouts of America.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 1998
Ventura's Unitarian Universalist Church will hold a fund-raising auction at the church beginning at 5 p.m. today. "Hot Hawaiian Nights in Ventura" will be the theme and dinners, artworks and cultural outings will be auctioned. Appetizers and the silent auction start the evening. The live auction begins at 7. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, call 644-3898. Unitarian Universalist Church is at 4949 Foothill Road.
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June 29, 1996 | From Religion News Service
The Unitarian Universalist Assn. has voted to endorse the legalization of same-sex marriages, making it the first denomination in the country to do so. Meeting in Indianapolis, delegates to the liberal religious group's annual convention this week voted overwhelmingly--667 to 19--to "proclaim the worth of marriage between any two committed persons."
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May 7, 2001 | DAVID PIERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At a church that welcomes atheists as well as Christians, it was almost fitting to see beagles mingling with Akitas and poodles playing with chow chows Sunday at the annual animal blessing at Sepulveda Unitarian-Universalist Society in North Hills. "We're blessing them because most people treat [their pets] like property, but they're not," said Emma Rosloff, 12, who helped conduct the ceremony. "People don't respect animals enough."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1999 | Religion News Service
The Boy Scouts of America have rescinded an offer to reauthorize the Unitarian Universalist Assn. to issue its Religion in Life award to Scouts who are Unitarians, adding a new wave of contention to a battle that many felt had been fought and settled. The Boy Scouts' decision was conveyed to the Unitarians, a progressive church with roots going back to colonial times, , just weeks after Unitarian President John A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1996 | FRANK MANNING
Emerson Unitarian Church will break ground Sunday for its new church. The ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. at 7304 Jordan Ave. in Canoga Park. Church officials say that construction is expected to be completed in the fall. The one-story, 3,700-square-foot stucco building will also house a social hall, church officials said. The plans call for another structure of about the same size that officials said will house a day-care program and administrative offices.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1995 | GENA PASILLAS
The Rev. Chris Schriner will give the message "Ministry Sunday: Visions for the Future of Our Faith" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Laguna Beach. Ministry Sunday will be celebrated. A religious education program for children ages 4 to 15 will be held during the service. The center is at 429 Cypress Drive. (714) 497-4563.
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