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November 16, 1990 | JOHN H. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former employee of the Los Angeles-based United Church of Religious Science has filed a lawsuit accusing the organization's trustees and administrators of bribery, racial discrimination and embezzlement of more than $10 million in church funds since 1980. Jack L. Griffin, 37, also claimed in a Los Angeles Superior Court suit filed Oct. 22 that he was wrongfully terminated as an operations coordinator at the church's mid-Wilshire district headquarters.
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February 22, 1997 | JOHN DART
Religious Science, a nationwide movement founded and based in Los Angeles, has been around 70 years and its churches nearly as long. But Religious Science members say they are often confused with Christian Science churchgoers or Scientologists. Unlike Christian Science, however, Religious Science permits medical treatment as a supplement to prayer for healing.
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February 22, 1997 | JOHN DART
Religious Science, a nationwide movement founded and based in Los Angeles, has been around 70 years and its churches nearly as long. But Religious Science members say they are often confused with Christian Science churchgoers or Scientologists. Unlike Christian Science, however, Religious Science permits medical treatment as a supplement to prayer for healing.
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October 2, 1993 | ANDREA HEIMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Inside an unmarked, dimly lit warehouse in Santa Monica on a recent Sunday morning, hundreds of people in brightly colored clothing gathered to hug, shout, sing, hear words of inspiration and chant affirmations. "My heart-space is a wide opening for the love of God!" a tall, dark-haired woman in an ivory pantsuit exclaimed from a stage decorated with flowers and a white screen dancing with rays of pastel lights. "My heart-space is a wide opening for the love of God!"
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September 3, 1988 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
The United Church of Religious Science will start construction next month on a new international headquarters building in Los Angeles under a financial arrangement that church officials say could work as well for other urban land-owning religious bodies.
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October 2, 1993 | ANDREA HEIMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Inside an unmarked, dimly lit warehouse in Santa Monica on a recent Sunday morning, hundreds of people in brightly colored clothing gathered to hug, shout, sing, hear words of inspiration and chant affirmations. "My heart-space is a wide opening for the love of God!" a tall, dark-haired woman in an ivory pantsuit exclaimed from a stage decorated with flowers and a white screen dancing with rays of pastel lights. "My heart-space is a wide opening for the love of God!"
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February 8, 1986
More than 1,200 people are expected to attend the United Church of Religious Science's four-day convention opening Tuesday at the metaphysical movement's Founder's Church in Los Angeles, officials said.
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June 22, 1988 | LYNN SMITH, Times Staff Writer
The Rev. Peggy Bassett, senior minister of the burgeoning Church of Religious Science in Huntington Beach, has been elected president of the United Church of Religious Science. Bassett, 65, will replace Fred Vogt of Denver as ecclesiastical head of the 60,000-member church. She is the first woman to lead the metaphysical church, founded in 1927. The president serves as ministerial head with no administrative or legal authority. "We're very proud of her.
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October 21, 1995 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Rev. Peggy Bassett, a onetime waitress who in midlife became a minister and went on to serve as the first woman president of the international United Church of Religious Science, has died. She was 73. The Rev. Bassett died Oct. 11 in Huntington Beach after a seven-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, her church announced late this week.
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November 16, 1990 | JOHN H. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former employee of the Los Angeles-based United Church of Religious Science has filed a lawsuit accusing the organization's trustees and administrators of bribery, racial discrimination and embezzlement of more than $10 million in church funds since 1980. Jack L. Griffin, 37, also claimed in a Los Angeles Superior Court suit filed Oct. 22 that he was wrongfully terminated as an operations coordinator at the church's mid-Wilshire district headquarters.
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September 3, 1988 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
The United Church of Religious Science will start construction next month on a new international headquarters building in Los Angeles under a financial arrangement that church officials say could work as well for other urban land-owning religious bodies.
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