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July 17, 1992
The Rev. Reuben A. Sheares II, 58, a former national officer of the United Church of Christ. Sheares, pastor of the Congregational Church of Park Manor in Chicago, held a number of executive posts with the United Church of Christ before returning to parish ministry in 1988 with pulpits in Southern California and Chicago. From 1973 to 1988, he was executive director of the 1.6-million-member church's Office for Church Life and Leadership in New York City. In Olympia Fields, Ill.
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October 5, 2007 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
The pastor of a Simi Valley church that is providing sanctuary to an illegal immigrant accused city officials Thursday of unfairly blaming the church for the actions of anti-immigration protesters. The Rev. June Goudey, leader of the 80-member United Church of Christ in Simi Valley, said the city continues to pressure the church to repay nearly $40,000 spent for law enforcement costs related to a Sept. 16 protest.
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July 10, 1993 | EMILY VIGLIELMO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
At the Congregational Church of Northridge, two women are doing more than just teaching Sunday school. They're preaching from the pulpit. The Rev. Jacqualine Brown has been the interim senior minister since March at the United Church of Christ congregation. (The church building may be familiar to motorists who have seen its distinctive pyramid-like roof as they passed by on Balboa Boulevard.) Brown replaced the Rev.
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September 25, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Less than a week after asking a church to reimburse the city nearly $40,000 for the cost of law enforcement to monitor an immigration protest, Mayor Paul Miller met with church officials Monday afternoon and pledged to put the bill on hold.
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September 15, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
The United Church of Christ is urging its ministers to support a bill that would require clergy to report suspected sexual abuse. A denomination teacher recently said his confession of abuse to church leaders was a spiritual act and should be kept secret. Susan Dickerman, associate minister of the United Church of Christ, has e-mailed every Congregationalist minister in Massachusetts, asking them to work for a change in the law.
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November 11, 1989 | Associated Press
The United Church of Christ will hire a full-time staff member to coordinate its AIDS ministry and launch in 1990 a series of educational projects on the disease. The Rev. Charles Shelby Rooks called the church's commitment to AIDS ministry "an act of justice . . . and an act of compassion to the sick."
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July 13, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
The United Church of Christ, whose lineage goes back to the early Pilgrims and colonial Puritans, reaffirmed its path-breaking policy of admitting homosexuals to the ministry at the denomination's biennial synod concluded last week. Delegates rejected proposals that would have reversed the church's past stand, declaring that a ministerial candidate's sexual orientation by itself was not grounds for denying ordination. Representatives of the liberal 1.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The United Church of Christ, based in New York City since the denomination was formed by merger in 1957, opened its new headquarters here this week. Three top officers and skeleton crews of several national agencies have shifted work here. Three floors of the headquarters building at 700 Prospect Ave. are being renovated to provide working space for about 90 employees. Further renovations start in March. Altogether, national offices of the 1.
NATIONAL
July 7, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Jewish leaders condemned resolutions passed by the United Church of Christ that called for Israel to dismantle its security fences around Palestinian territories and for companies to use "economic leverage" to promote peace in the Middle East. The measures, passed by the church's rule-making body at its annual meeting in Atlanta, seek to hold Israel to a different moral standard, Rabbi Abraham Cooper said.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 1990 | From staff and wire reports
The United Church of Christ, which traces its origins to the New England pilgrims and Puritans, wants to reclaim the evangelizing characteristics of its roots. The church is launching a three-year program of "Evangelism Institutes" across the country, with the first sessions in September in Texas and Louisiana. The Revs.
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July 7, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Jewish leaders condemned resolutions passed by the United Church of Christ that called for Israel to dismantle its security fences around Palestinian territories and for companies to use "economic leverage" to promote peace in the Middle East. The measures, passed by the church's rule-making body at its annual meeting in Atlanta, seek to hold Israel to a different moral standard, Rabbi Abraham Cooper said.
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July 4, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A committee of United Church of Christ representatives approved a resolution that would move the church one step closer to becoming the largest Christian denomination to endorse same-sex marriage. The resolution supported by the church's president, the Rev. John H. Thomas, drew overwhelming support and was recommended for approval today when the church's assembly voted in Atlanta. It would specify that bisexual and transgender people merit the same support and protections as gays and lesbians.
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September 15, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
The United Church of Christ is urging its ministers to support a bill that would require clergy to report suspected sexual abuse. A denomination teacher recently said his confession of abuse to church leaders was a spiritual act and should be kept secret. Susan Dickerman, associate minister of the United Church of Christ, has e-mailed every Congregationalist minister in Massachusetts, asking them to work for a change in the law.
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April 27, 2001 | WILLIAM LOBDELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A sold-out national convention this weekend in Newport Beach for conservative Christians wanting to find ways to inject more of Jesus into the public square has sparked a feisty counter-conference led by a liberal Irvine pastor who wants religion and government to remain separate. Organizers from both events said they expect to draw close to 500 people.
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July 10, 1999 | Associated Press
In 1636, an area now known as Rhode Island became a place of refuge for the religiously oppressed. But in the 18th century, its ports accommodated slave trading. No colony in New England had such a high proportion of slaves as Rhode Island. In an act of repentance, the United Church of Christ has dedicated an 80-pound, cast iron "bell of freedom."
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August 19, 1997 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
In votes that signaled both progress and a setback in the decades-long quest for Christian unity, the nation's largest Lutheran church Monday agreed to share Communion and clergy with three major Protestant denominations but narrowly rejected a similar pact with the Episcopal Church.
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April 6, 1996
The Rev. Davida Foy Crabtree, since 1991 the top administrative official for 135 United Church of Christ congregations in Southern California, was elected this week to a comparable post in Connecticut, which has nearly twice as many UCC churches. For Crabtree, 51, of Pasadena, the new post also means a return to her native state where she was ordained to the ministry.
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January 19, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
Ministers of the 1.7-million-member United Church of Christ on Sunday plan to read to their congregations a first-of-its-kind pastoral letter that condemns what it calls the sin of systematic racism and decries an increase in racially motivated violence.
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July 6, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The United Church of Christ has decided to unite with three other Protestant denominations, sharing congregations and ministers with the denominations for the first time since the 16th century. At the church's convention in Columbus, more than 700 delegates--representing 1.5 million members--voted to accept the plan for "full communion." The unification proposal, which would allow joint congregations, minister exchanges and shared sacraments, was approved earlier this year by the 2.
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April 26, 1997 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., the former executive director of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People who was fired in a sexual harassment controversy, is facing another uproar--this one in his church. In an unprecedented action, a committee of his mainline Protestant denomination, the United Church of Christ, this week recommended termination of Chavis' standing as an ordained clergyman because he has joined the black Muslim sect led by Minister Louis Farrakhan.
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