There is trouble at the famed Crystal Cathedral mega-church in California's Orange County - and it's not just that they've filed for bankruptcy. The church now appears to be vetting its leadership by making them sign a "covenant" promising that they, too, stand against homosexuality.
Crystal Cathedral - the monumental glass structured megachurch renown for Rev. Robert Schuller's televised "Hour of Power" ministry - has fallen on hard times in the past two years. The Orange County Register reports that on Oct. 11 – Crystal Cathedral Ministries filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. They've also had to cut staff, sell off property, and cancel their annual tourist-attracting “Glory of Easter” extravaganza.
And now they may lose members because the founder's daughter and senior pastor, Sheila Schuller Coleman, is requiring that all church leadership - including members of the church choir - sign an explicitly antigay covenant. Part of the covenant reads: "I understand that Crystal Cathedral Ministries teaches that sexual intimacy is intended by God to only be within the bonds of marriage, between one man and one woman.”