Ex-crys­tal Cathe­dral pas­tor has launched new min­istry

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ORANGE | A Crys­tal Cathe­dral splin­ter church was launched Sun­day in a rented movie the­ater in Orange County, with the break­away pas­tor urg­ing the con­gre­ga­tion not to speak ill of its for­mer house of worship.

Sheila Schuller Cole­man, who abruptly an­nounced she was form­ing the Hope Cen­ter of Christ at a worship ser­vice last Sun­day, told the roughly 100 con­gre­gants “not to have harsh words for any other church . . . there are some peo­ple who would try to pit one church against one an­other, but we are not go­ing to do that. Here at Hope Cen­ter, we cheer ev­ery other church,” the Orange County Reg­is­ter re­ported.

Ms. Cole­man was se­nior pas­tor at Crys­tal Cathe­dral, which her fa­ther, Robert Schuller, founded more than 50 years ago. Her de­par­ture sur­prised many but came amid a fi­nan­cial cri­sis and per­son­al­ity clashes that have dogged the megachurch over the past year.

A pri­vate donor paid the $845 cost of rent­ing the the­ater, where pop­corn buck­ets served as col­lec­tion plates. Mr. Schuller started the Crys­tal Cathe­dral min­istry in a drive-in movie the­ater in 1955.

Ms. Cole­man said she has ap­plied for the new church’s tax iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­ber. For the next month, she will hold ser­vices at an Ana­heim ho­tel while a per­ma­nent lo­ca­tion is found.

The Crys­tal Cathe­dral, which has filed for Chap­ter 11 bank­ruptcy, sold its land­mark glass­paned build­ing to the Ro­man Catholic Dio­cese of Orange County last year.

The day be­fore Ms. Cole­man quit, her par­ents re­signed from the min­istry’s board. of peo­ple in the U.S. ex­pe­ri­enced mass un­em­ploy­ment and so­cial up­heaval as the na­tion clawed its way out of the Great De­pres­sion and rum­blings of global war were heard from abroad.

Now, in­ti­mate de­tails of 132 mil­lion peo­ple who lived through the 1930s will be dis­closed as the U.S. gov­ern­ment re­leases the 1940 cen­sus records on­line for the first time April 2.

The records will be free and open to any­one on the In­ter­net, but they won’t im­me­di­ately be name search­able.

For ge­neal­o­gists and fam­ily his­to­ri­ans, the 1940 cen­sus re­lease is the most im­por­tant dis­clo­sure of an­ces­tral se­crets in a decade.

Schol­ars ex­pect the records to help draw a more de­tailed por­trait of a trans­for­ma­tive decade in Amer­i­can life.

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