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April 1, 2005
There is reportedly a shortage of clergy in the Episcopal and Catholic churches, and the percentage of clergy 35 and younger is dropping. Why do you think this shortage has come about? Are you concerned? Has it affected you locally? What can be done about it? Several factors work together to solve the issue of a clergy shortage. First and foremost, there is the integrity factor. God tells us "you shall be holy men to Me ... " (Exodus 22:31). Clergy scandals, both financial and sexual, discourage young people from entering the ministry.
THE818NOW
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | May 22, 2012
The challenges facing the youth of La Crescenta fueled prayers by local leaders and clergy who spoke on their behalf at the first ever Crescenta Valley Town Council Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday. More than 250 people gathered at Holy Redeemer's Healy Hall, where Chap Clark - a professor of youth, family and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary - addressed the stress and loneliness felt by so many of today's teens. In 2001 and 2002, Clark worked as a daily substitute teacher at Crescenta Valley High School where his three children attended and he observed how teens felt about their lives.
NEWS
June 28, 2002
Janine Marnien "Does the word forgiveness mean anything to you?" "Perhaps you misunderstood his intentions." The doubtful comments kept coming from a panel of ministers selected to investigate an allegation of sexual misconduct. The victim, a woman who was now an ordained minister, was reporting a sexual relationship between herself and a popular minister more than 8 years ago. Although a scene from a docudrama and not a real event, the video, "Not in my Congregation," showed how sexual misconduct by a member of clergy could affect the victim and the faith group to which they belong.
NEWS
November 28, 2011
As the Occupy L.A. encampment on Monday maneuvered to avoid eviction, local clergy representing congregations in the foothills and Pasadena have been working to bring their own brand of hope and support to the movement. Los Angeles officials - wary of the criticism similar efforts received in Oakland and New York - have been grappling with how to evict the occupiers for weeks. Early Monday morning, protesters defied a midnight deadline to clear out and planned to seek a court injunction to keep authorities from dismantling their camp.
FEATURES
September 23, 2006
The percentage of new clergy younger than 35, across mainline denominations, including Protestant and Roman Catholic, is reportedly dropping, according to a recent study by the Lewis Center for Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary. Are you seeing a drop in your faith? If so, what do you think is driving it? Are you concerned?   The dilemma of an aging clergy is symptomatic of a general aging of church and synagogue members. Seats vacated by the older generation are now left empty instead of being filled by youth.
NEWS
May 3, 2002
Joyce Rudolph Service topic is 'Before You Think Another Thought' GLENDALE -- "Before You Think Another Thought," is the topic for the sermon by the Rev. Beverly Craig, pastor of La Crescenta Church of Religious Science, at the 10 a.m. Sunday service. The church is at 4845 Dunsmore Ave., La Crescenta. For more information, call 249-1045. Weekly Eucharist service begins GLENDALE -- Bishop Dean Nelson has started a weekly Eucharist service at The Lutheran Center, in the chapel of First Lutheran Church, 1300 E. Colorado St. The service is at 11:30 a.m. each Wednesday and usually lasts half an hour.
FEATURES
October 29, 2005
A new study by the Auburn Theological Seminary in New York reports that the average student loan debt for a new pastor more than doubled in a decade, from $11,043 in 1991 to $25,018 in 2001. The study also reportedly found that nearly one out of every four borrowers postponed health care in order to pay their bills. Are you concerned about these results, especially since some faiths are reporting shortages in recruiting clergy? Could rising education costs sway some from the pulpit?
NEWS
November 25, 2011
In Glendale, 339 cases of domestic violence were reported to police in 2010. The department's latest figures, as of September of this year, are 238. But many women don't report assaults to the police, and others report them to organizations like the YWCA. With this in mind, the Safe Family Task Force, the YWCA of Glendale and the Glendale Religious Leaders Assn. are holding a workshop on Dec. 15 on family violence for local clergy members to attend. The workshop is designed to help clergy learn about domestic violence, what resources are available, and how to respond.
FEATURES
November 11, 2006
S ome reports about the resignation last week of evangelist the Rev. Ted Haggard from his leadership post at the National Assn. of Evangelicals over allegations of methamphetamine use and a homosexual relationship have touched on the topic of the rehabilitation of wayward clergy. They've sparked a discussion on issues of addiction among clergy and how forgiving we should be of their misdeeds. With the news that Haggard admitted that he bought methamphetamine and received a massage from a male prostitute, the sex abuse cases in the Catholic Church and even going back to the scandals involving televangelists Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart, how do you react to this news and how do you think people and congregations should react?
NEWS
May 22, 2000
The message by the Armenian National Committee is on target, that "Now is the time to make a difference." It is time that the "Armenian Community" accepts responsibility. Success on any major scale requires them to accept responsibility, as does the whole Glendale community. In the final analysis, the one quality that all successful ventures have is the ability to take on responsibility. It will take more than money. It takes initiative to reach the whole Armenian community.
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COMMUNITY
March 14, 2013
Local Catholics this week hailed the selection of Pope Francis - the first pontiff from the Americas who is known for his devotion to the poor and mission outreach - and expressed hope that it would reinvigorate a church rocked by scandal and grappling with disenfranchisement. Before taking his papal name Wednesday to succeed Benedict XVI as leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, Pope Francis was known as Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, where he built a reputation as a Jesuit, ascribing to the religious order's focus on poverty and social justice issues.
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NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | February 8, 2013
Files recently released by the Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archdiocese show that 29 clergy accused of sexual abuse served assignments at local parishes, where some of the alleged child molestation took place. Of the 29 men who were named, eight were accused of committing sex abuse while assigned to local parishes in Burbank, La Cañada Flintridge, Pasadena, Montrose and La Crescenta . Of those eight priests, three - Leland Boyer, Lynn Caffoe and John Kohnke - are dead. The other 21 were either not assigned to local churches at the time of the allegation being made, or there were no files listed.
THE818NOW
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | May 22, 2012
The challenges facing the youth of La Crescenta fueled prayers by local leaders and clergy who spoke on their behalf at the first ever Crescenta Valley Town Council Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday. More than 250 people gathered at Holy Redeemer's Healy Hall, where Chap Clark - a professor of youth, family and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary - addressed the stress and loneliness felt by so many of today's teens. In 2001 and 2002, Clark worked as a daily substitute teacher at Crescenta Valley High School where his three children attended and he observed how teens felt about their lives.
NEWS
November 28, 2011
As the Occupy L.A. encampment on Monday maneuvered to avoid eviction, local clergy representing congregations in the foothills and Pasadena have been working to bring their own brand of hope and support to the movement. Los Angeles officials - wary of the criticism similar efforts received in Oakland and New York - have been grappling with how to evict the occupiers for weeks. Early Monday morning, protesters defied a midnight deadline to clear out and planned to seek a court injunction to keep authorities from dismantling their camp.
NEWS
November 25, 2011
In Glendale, 339 cases of domestic violence were reported to police in 2010. The department's latest figures, as of September of this year, are 238. But many women don't report assaults to the police, and others report them to organizations like the YWCA. With this in mind, the Safe Family Task Force, the YWCA of Glendale and the Glendale Religious Leaders Assn. are holding a workshop on Dec. 15 on family violence for local clergy members to attend. The workshop is designed to help clergy learn about domestic violence, what resources are available, and how to respond.
FEATURES
July 4, 2009
Recent church shootings have sparked discussion among various church officials on the possible need to carry weapons to religious services. The premise behind this is that churches are no longer seen as immune from violence as they once were. Do you believe that people should carry guns in church for protection or do you believe officials are over-exaggerating when they say churches are no longer safe? Do you think churches have done enough to try to curb violence? What do you believe churches should do?
FEATURES
July 3, 2009
Recent church shootings have sparked discussion among various church officials on the possible need to carry weapons to religious services. The premise behind this is that churches are no longer seen as immune from violence as they once were. Do you believe that people should carry guns in church for protection or do you believe officials are overexagerrating when they say churches are no longer safe? Do you think churches have done enough to try to curb violence? What do you believe churches should do?
FEATURES
November 11, 2006
S ome reports about the resignation last week of evangelist the Rev. Ted Haggard from his leadership post at the National Assn. of Evangelicals over allegations of methamphetamine use and a homosexual relationship have touched on the topic of the rehabilitation of wayward clergy. They've sparked a discussion on issues of addiction among clergy and how forgiving we should be of their misdeeds. With the news that Haggard admitted that he bought methamphetamine and received a massage from a male prostitute, the sex abuse cases in the Catholic Church and even going back to the scandals involving televangelists Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart, how do you react to this news and how do you think people and congregations should react?
FEATURES
September 23, 2006
The percentage of new clergy younger than 35, across mainline denominations, including Protestant and Roman Catholic, is reportedly dropping, according to a recent study by the Lewis Center for Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary. Are you seeing a drop in your faith? If so, what do you think is driving it? Are you concerned?   The dilemma of an aging clergy is symptomatic of a general aging of church and synagogue members. Seats vacated by the older generation are now left empty instead of being filled by youth.
NEWS
By By Fred Ortega | February 17, 2006
Move meant to ban officials from performing duties after parish splits from church.LA CRESCENTA -- The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles has temporarily barred the clergy of St. Luke's of the Mountains Church from performing their religious duties, a day after the La Crescenta parish announced it would secede from the national Episcopal Church. St. Luke's pastor, however, said the move does not affect his clergy. A committee of the diocese met by conference call on Wednesday and unanimously approved the "temporary inhibition," issued by Bishop J. Jon Bruno, said Janet Kawamoto, director of communications for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.
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