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Old December 25th, 2007, 07:37 PM   #41
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The Crystal Cathedral is a Protestant, Christian megachurch in the city of Garden Grove, in Orange County, California. The church was founded in 1955 by the Reverend Dr. Robert H. Schuller and his wife, Arvella, on the campus of what was known until that time as Garden Grove Community Church. One of the church's mission statements is, "Find a need and fill it; find a hurt and heal it." The church is considered the world's first "seeker sensitive" church.[citation needed] World-famous architect Philip Johnson designed the main sanctuary building, which was constructed using over 10,000 rectangular panes of glass and which can hold over 3,000 worshippers. The church is also known for its 280 rank, five manual pipe organ constructed by Fratelli Ruffatti. The instrument incorporates the large Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ built in 1962 for New York's Avery Fisher Hall.
According to a History Channel program about the Crystal Cathedral, construction began in 1977 and ended in 1980. The initial estimated cost of the church was $7 million, but the final cost was over $17 million (about $55 million in 2007 dollars). Also according to the History Channel TV show, one way Dr. Schuller found to help finance the construction of the Crystal Cathedral was to sell each one of the 10,000 rectangular panes of glass for US$500 each, when the sale of the panes of glass was completed Dr. Schuller had raised over US$5 million. Also, according to the show, the rectangular panes of glass are not bolted to the structure, instead they are glued to it using a silicone based glue. This and other measures allow the building to withstand an earthquake of magnitude 8.0.
The Crystal Cathedral broadcasts its church services around the world on a television show called the Hour of Power and provides facilities for those of a similar faith to congregate. The campus services include support groups, Sunday school classes and daily Christian gatherings.
Early on December 16, 2004, 57 year old Johnnie Carl, the cathedral's orchestral conductor, fired several bullets in the cathedral, shortly before the annual Glory of Christmas program was about to begin. The shots were fired in the vacant concourse area and no one was injured. Carl reportedly suffered from clinical depression. Soon after Carl committed suicide. In his 29 years as Minister of Music at the cathedral, Carl wrote more than 3,500 arrangements, including several selections on tenor Daniel Rodriguez's newest inspirational album. Rodriguez, a frequent musical guest at the Sunday services, dedicated his album titled "In The Presence" to Johnnie Carl. Schuller praised Carl's work as conductor and told his congregation that "We can be reassured that he is in heaven." At present Marc Riley, Sean Groombridge and Donald Neuen lead the music department at the Crystal Cathedral.
Dr. Schuller transferred leadership of the Crystal Cathedral and the Hour of Power TV program to his son, Dr. Robert Anthony Schuller, on Sunday, 22 January 2006. The cathedral celebrated its 50th year of ministry in 2006.
The name "Crystal Cathedral" describes the building's size and beauty and does not mean it is a cathedral in the Roman Catholic, Anglican or Lutheran sense of the word: the Reformed Church in America is governed by elders, while a cathedral is usually the term for a church where one finds a bishop's official seat, or cathedra, nor is the sanctuary constructed of crystal. The title reflects Schuller's frequent use of alliteration within his sermon titles, points and book titles.
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Megachurches

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Conference Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in downtown Salt Lake City




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Old December 25th, 2007, 08:21 PM   #43
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American Churches

ABC/NBC NBC/ABC - Dually aligned American Baptist and National Baptist
AG -
Assemblies of God
AME -
African Methodist Episcopal
ANGLICAN -
Anglical
ARC -
Alliance of Reformed Churches
BGC -
Baptist General Conference
BAPT -
Baptist (unspecified)
BBF -
Bible Baptist Fellowship
BRETHREN -
Brethren
CAL -
Calvary Churches
CBF -
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
CCCC -
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference
Christian -
Independent Christian Churches or unspecified
CMA -
Christian & Missionary Alliance
CME -
Christian Methodist Episcopal
COC -
Church of Christ
COG -
Church of God, Cleveland
COGA -
Church of God, Anderson
COGIC -
Church of God in Christ
CONGREG -
Congregationalist (unspecified)
CRC -
Christian Reformed Church
DOC -
Disciples of Christ
EC -
Evangelical Covenant
EPIS -
Episcopal
EF -
Evangelical Free
ELCA -
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
EPC -
Evangelical Presbyterian Church
EVAN -
Evangelical
FCA -
Fellowship of Christian Assemblies
4SQ -
Four Square
GBA -
General Baptist Association
HOLINESS -
Holiness (unspecified)
ICC -
International Church of Christ
IPHC -
International Pentecostal Holiness Church
KPCA -
Korean Presbyterian Church
LCMS -
Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod
LUTH -
Lutheran (unspecified)
MCC -
Metropolitan Community Church
MISSBAPT -
Missionary Baptist
NBC -
National Baptist Convention
NAZ -
Church of the Nazarene
NONDENOM -
Independent, Nondenominational
PAW -
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World
PAC -
Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada
PCA -
Presbyterian Church of America
PCUSA -
Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.
PENT -
Pentecostal (unspecified)
PNB -
Progressive National Baptist
PRESB -
Presbyterian (unspecified)
QUAKER -
Quaker
RCA -
Reformed Church in America
RELSCI -
Religious Science
SA -
Salvation Army
SDA -
Seventh-day Adventist
SBC -
Southern Baptist Convention
UMC -
United Methodist Church
UCC -
United Church of Christ
UPCI -
United Pentecostal Church International
UNITY -
Unity
UNK -
Unknown (unspecified)
UPC -
United Pentecostal Church
VINE -
Vineyard
WELS -
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
WES -
Wesleyan
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Isn't Lakewood Church just an old baskeball arena in Houston? The Rockets used to play there.
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Love listening to THIS church's, minister, Joel Osteen!
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San Fernando Cathedral - San Antonio, TX
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I am sure that most will agree with me that having the Twins behind St Paul's Chapel gives it the NYC contrast.

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Old December 26th, 2007, 05:32 AM   #48
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/hanneorla/76296357/

I'm linking to the main page since I didn't take it, but that's Calvary Church in Charlotte.

Sanctuary seats 5106 (double tired)

Chapel seats 350
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Old December 27th, 2007, 02:04 PM   #49
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I love those brown bricks churches!
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Old December 27th, 2007, 02:18 PM   #50
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Old December 27th, 2007, 11:04 PM   #51
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impressive building, but I loathe the idea of 'megachurches'

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Old January 11th, 2008, 06:05 PM   #52
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Cathedral In Newark NJ

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart

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Some of thos curches are very nice, escpecially the neo-gothic style curches.
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Old January 13th, 2008, 08:55 AM   #55
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The new style of mega church in the US, with their insipid preachers, hate filled sermons, bottomless donation jars and false hopes should all be banned.

If there's one thing about America, which (above all else) worries the rest of the world, and makes intellectuals turn their heads, it's the rise of evangelism and mega churches and their attacks on democracy, secularism, pluralism, and human rights.
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This thread is about the architecture of churches so if you want to whine about evangelism and Christian Americans GTFO and go somewhere else.

And that's very hypocritical to say evangelism attacks democracy when you want the practice banned.
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Most megachurces are usually found in sprawling areas.
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Most big churches I'm aware of usually have 3-5 sermons and some are crazy enough to do Saturday's as well to alleviate massive amounts of people like that.
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This thread is about the architecture of churches so if you want to whine about evangelism and Christian Americans GTFO and go somewhere else.

And that's very hypocritical to say evangelism attacks democracy when you want the practice banned.
Exactly. He should just shut up if he doesn't have anything good to say.
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Only in the suburbs do you find mega churches, and even then they arent that powerful.
If anything this country is getting better.
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