A group of renowned Christian leaders led by National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference President Rev. Samuel Rodriguez plan to meet at the first Una Voz (One Voice) convention in San Diego later this month to address issues most important to the Latino evangelical community.
"There is no better time to lay the groundwork and work toward reconciling the vertical and horizontal planes of the Christian message," Rodriguez said in a statement about the two-day conference on April 29-30. "We want to blend sanctification with service, conviction with compassion, the image of God with the habits of Christ, holiness and humility, John 3:16 and Matthew 25, and the prophetic with the practical."
The Una Voz conference will be NHCLC's will be the first major gathering where Rodriguez will also seek to reconcile evangelist Billy Graham's message of salvation with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s, march of prophetic activism, as he is known to do with his advocacy efforts. more >>
Lewis G. Clinton Jr., the CFO of Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District, was arrested and charged with embezzling more than $500,000 from his own church, the powerful and prestigious Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, Calif.
The revelation has shocked both his church and professional family who learned that he bilked money meant for the poor to pay personal expenses, including golf club memberships, a luxury car, his mortgage and private school for his children, according to CBS San Francisco.
"Extreme surprise," said AC Transit's board president Greg Harper. "Never has there been any thought from any board member or any staff member that he might not be completely ethical." more >>
A CBS affiliate in Sacramento, Calif., has issued an apology to a pro-life organization after falsely portraying the group in a nightly news story.
The CBS station ran a follow up story last week to clarify a previous segment it broascast in March that purportedly showed a pro-life Project Truth volunteer placing a graphic anti-abortion pamphlet on a car parked outside resident's home. It turned out the man featured in the segment was a neighbor, not a member of the pro-life group.
The clarification came in response to a letter sent to the news station from the Life Legal Defense Foundation, a California-based pro-life law firm. more >>
The day after a FedEx truck slammed into a tour bus filled with high school students in Northern California, killing 10 people including five teenage students who were on their way to a college recruitment event, witnesses and survivors spoke about the deadly crash.
"Everyone was piling out the windows," Harley Hoyt, an 18-year-old senior at Valhalla High School in San Diego County, told The New York Times, of the bus, which burst into flames after hitting the FedEx truck that had swerved across the center-divider on Interstate 5 in the town of Orland, Calif., Thursday night.
The bus was taking about 48 students and several chaperones from Los Angeles to Arcata to tour the Humboldt State University campus. It was one of three buses of students. The other two had arrived safely at the destination. more >>
LOS ANGELES – Saddleback Church founder Pastor Rick Warren plans to preach at two Easter Sunday worship services at Hollywood High School as part of launching a church campus in Los Angeles.
"We have been planning this for years and praying for it and I'm so excited to have a Saddleback campus in the heart of the great city of Los Angeles," says Warren in a promotional radio announcement.
The 1,800-seat Hollywood High auditorium along with the school's parking area will be used by Saddleback for the Easter services on April 20. No specific plans regarding where the Los Angeles campus will be located or when services will begin after Easter have been released by the church. However, more than 1,000 people have already expressed an interest in the regional and international campus by way of joining an email list and more than 300 volunteers have signed up to help host the Easter services at Hollywood High. more >>
A school district in California says it will allow students to distribute coins with imprinted Bible passages during non-instructional time on campus. The decision from the district came after Freedom X, a legal group, complained on behalf of a local family.
A spokesperson for the Apple Valley Unified School District near Hesperia, Calif., said Monday that teachers at Desert Knolls Elementary School violated the religious freedom rights of Steven and Patrick Peterson when they told the students that they could not pass out fake coins with the Bible verse John 3:16 written on one side and the question "Where will you spend eternity?" written on the other.
"We're going to make sure that students are protected," Thomas Hoegerman, superintendent of the Apple Valley Unified School District, told the San Bernardino Sun. "There was no malicious intent but we clearly had folks who didn't fully understand the implications." more >>