A food court serving breakfast and lunch is part of the Crystal Cathedral's expansion plans, and the Rev. Robert H. Schuller hopes people will come to his church for a bit of religion and repast.
"When the tourists come here, we want to feed their tummies and their souls," spokeswoman Claudia Holloway says. "Now people who are curious can stay longer and break bread together."About 250,000 people a year visit the Orange County landmark, and officials expect even more when the 50,000-square-foot exhibition center and food court are completed in 2000.
Benjamin J. Hubbard, chairman of the department of comparative religion at California State University, said the church is blurring the secular and the ecclesiastical.
"It smacks of the mall mentality gone crazy," Hubbard said. "You shop for religion and then swing by the food court."