July 17, 2011 |
Luminous and translucent, commanding earth and sky, the risen Christ is too vast to be contained within the borders of artist Lothar Speer's mural. Jesus' face disappears above the 13-by-28-foot canvas. His ascending torso hovers over a landscape peopled with saints, prostitutes, flower children, Hasidic Jews, a bishop, and thugs. In the distance, Center City burns, inexplicably. When he finished his headless Jesus in 1995, Speer believed his "ethereal vision" would reside "for a long, long time" in Bustleton's Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church.
March 7, 1994 |
Paul J. DiFilippo, 82, who helped build one of Franklinville's Roman Catholic churches, died Thursday at Elmer Community Hospital in Elmer. In 1948, Mr. DiFilippo and about 10 other Franklinville residents established the Church of Nativity. "There wasn't a church for miles at the time," said his wife, Katherine C. Erkert DiFilippo. "It was a small town back then, and all the men who could be members were members. " Mr. DiFilippo served as a trustee for 35 years. He was also a member of the Franklinville Volunteer Fire Company, where he worked to foster community safety for more than 40 years.
March 19, 2001 |
As a service began inside a church here yesterday, a lay minister was killed in the parking lot by her estranged husband, who then shot himself, authorities said. Shortly after Wadud Abdul-Haqq and Sylvia Abdul-Haqq began arguing about 8 a.m. at the Christ Temple A.M.E. Zion Ministry Center, the man pulled out a .357 revolver and shot his wife once in the head, officials said. Sylvia Abdul-Haqq, 51, fell backward into the open trunk of her husband's blue Dodge Dynasty. Wadud Abdul-Haqq, 53, then turned the gun on himself, fired one shot to his head, and also fell into the trunk.
July 12, 1995 |
Moses Colburn, retired Philadelphia Electric Co. supervisor of customer service who was a leader in his church, died Friday. He was 63 and lived in South Philadelphia. Colburn worked for PECO for 25 years and was a supervisor in the Customer Service Department when he retired in 1991. A family member said, "Moses loved his church and spoke of its great history with great pride and affection. He spoke knowlingly about the outstanding pipe organ and worked to help raise funds to restore and improve it. We will all remember him as a Christian brother, churchman, musician and friend.
March 11, 2016 |
Philadelphia police are searching for a 70-year-old man who allegedly shot and injured a 19-year-old Church's Chicken employee at the Tioga restaurant on Sunday. An arrest warrant has been issued for Ronald Graham, who also goes by Roland, police said. Graham allegedly became enraged Sunday around 5:30 p.m. when a 21-year-old employee of Church's Chicken, at 3650 N. Broad Street, began cleaning tables near where Graham was eating. Graham argued with the employee and a manager, then left the building for a few seconds, Capt.
September 9, 2003 |
Past the ranchers, Colonials and split-levels of an ordinary Cherry Hill neighborhood, the gate sits: a long, black iron stretch, tall under a brick arch. Two sergeants-at-arms stand in front, gold badges gleaming. They peer inside an approaching car, scan, and nod politely. A rare visitor can pass. So the visitor enters a different world - the insular, complicated, joyful realm of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith. Though the small church rarely crops up on scholars' radar screens, its long, sometimes strange history in the region lends mystery to what goes on inside.
June 21, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My live-in fiancé is unhappy with my decision not to have our wedding in his church. I understand his disappointment and am truly sorry I cannot give him what he wants, but I do feel justified in my decision. (Marriage in his church involves hoop-jumping that I consider intrusive.) Any of the other options - civil or a different church wedding, courthouse quickie, staying unmarried and living together - are all suitable options to me, and I'm sure one of them will be acceptable to both of us eventually, but right now he is really sad. I do not feel that he is badgering or trying to manipulate me, but I do feel yucky in his presence, since things are very quiet and strained.
June 22, 2015 |
MAYFAIR'S Devon Theater will go from theatrical dream to theological reality on Tuesday if the city's Zoning Board of Adjustment allows Kingdom Life Christian Center to turn the live entertainment venue into a church. After a long, heated debate last week, the Mayfair Civic Association voted not to oppose the theater's religious use. The vote came after the church agreed to run a food delivery service instead of a food bank, and an after-school program instead of a day-care center.
September 22, 2000 |
Bishop Benjamin F. Peterson Sr., a man of God who built a sidewalk ministry into the Greater Bible Way Temple in West Philadelphia, died Tuesday. He was 75 and lived in Overbrook Park. "Bishop Peterson began his ministry in 1957 by preaching on the street corners of South and West Philadelphia, spreading the word of God to all who would listen," recalled his daughter-in-law, Beverly Peterson. He eventually moved on to a small mission in South Philadelphia, then later converted a vacant movie theater on Spruce Street into a church.
February 18, 1988 |
For the celebration of his first Mass as archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Anthony J. Bevilacqua chose Archbishop Ryan High School in Northeast Philadelphia. About 1,600 high school students from throughout the archdiocese came to see Bevilacqua, who succeeded Cardinal John Krol a week ago. In his homily, Archbishop Bevilacqua talked about sex, drugs, suicide and the pursuit of power. He also praised the students in attendance, saying they were among the church's most valuable, treasured resources.