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The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, founder of Crystal Cathedral Ministries, who left the church last weekend, explained in a rare video address why he thinks the ministry's board owes him millions of dollars.
The pastor said the financial future for his wife and himself "may be at risk" due to the church's bankruptcy after he offered a lot of his intellectual property to it for free, in exchange for the church securing a form of a retirement fund for the couple, who founded the Garden Grove, Calif., church in 1955.
The ministrys' founder and a few members of his family are currently entangled in yet another lawsuit in which they are requesting at least $5.5 million from the ministry's board â€“ with the lawsuit coming after Crystal Cathedral has struggled financially for years, going from a prospering institution to an indebted one....
The idea that Robert Schuller developed some sort of valuable "intellectual property" which he could have monetized on his own but instead gave to his church made me LOL. What he called "possibility thinking" is a rehash of material that was in the public domain long before it ever occurred to him to make a buck off of it. (For more info, research the 19th century preacher Park Quimby and read William James' chapter on healthy-minded religion in "The Varieties of Religious Experience".)