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Crystal Cathedral's congregation is moving and changing its name

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In this Oct. 27, 2011 file photo, the Crystal Cathedral stands in Garden Grove, Calif.

In more big news for the future of Orange County's Crystal Cathedral this weekend, the church's senior pastor announced the cathedral is getting a new name and its current congregation will relocate.

The ministry will be renamed Hope Center of Christ, Sheila Schuller Coleman said in a video at the cathedral's website. An announcement regarding the new location will be made in the next few weeks, she said.

The church sold its iconic glass-paned cathedral to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange last month to emerge from federal bankruptcy protection.

"We're going to need a new home sooner than we thought. And we're moving full speed ahead," the pastor said. She gave no indication whether or not the congregation would remain in Orange County, the ministry's home since its founding by the pastor's father, Dr. Robert Schuller, at a drive-in movie theater 42 years ago.

Robert Schuller retired in 2006 after seeing the ministry evolve into a global televangelist empire. On Saturday he and his wife, Arvella, announced they were stepping down from the Crystal Cathedral board of directors. The couple cited a breakdown in negotiations over financial claims against the church as part of the bankruptcy proceedings.  

 

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