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June 22, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
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.
REAL_ESTATE
June 21, 2015 | By Diane M. Fiske, For The Inquirer
A stately house of worship, designed in the Gothic style by famed architect Frank Rushmore Watson and built in 1888, was saved by real estate developer Jordan Brody in 2012, just as the wrecking ball was heading for the former Episcopal Church of the Covenant on Girard Avenue in Brewerytown. The stars further aligned for the sandstone neighborhood landmark after Brody bought the building and hired Philadelphia architect Ian Smith. Smith designed a second life for the edifice that includes 16 apartments for rent, some of which are on two floors, with sleeping quarters in the former church loft.
NEWS
June 20, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Richard Allen in Philadelphia and Morris Brown in Charleston, S.C., might not have known one another when they started black churches more than two centuries ago against all odds. But they shared "the same sort of fervor and spirit. " So said a man who knew their stories well: the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, pastor of Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston. He was interviewed recently for a film about the denomination. "Maybe that's why they became such good friends over time," Pinckney told his interviewer.
NEWS
June 19, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
THE SHOOTING that killed nine people Wednesday at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., which officials are calling racially motivated, isn't the first tragedy to strike the congregation since it separated from a predominantly white church over a land dispute in 1816. White supremacists burned down the church in 1822 after learning one of its founders was planning a slave revolt. Some parishioners fled north to Philly, to Mother Bethel AME Church on 6th Street near Lombard, the first of many driven out as tensions rose over slavery in the South, according to Mother Bethel's the Rev. Dr. Mark Tyler.
NEWS
June 19, 2015
SO ENDS A week bracketed by strange, conflicting bookends: On one end, the news of a white woman appropriating a black identity. On the other, the news of a white man bent on eliminating black lives in a horrible shooting at a church in Charleston, S.C. And while Rachel Dolezal sparked many conversations, let's call that story what it was : a novelty, an aberration. The other story - the hatred that led to a mass execution of nine black lives who had gathered to study the Bible in an historic black church in Charleston - is, alas, not an aberration.
NEWS
June 19, 2015
CHURCH IS supposed to be a place of peaceful refuge. Anyone who's been to an AME church knows what warm and welcoming places these sanctuaries are. The times I've been, even if I was there just to report on something, some kind soul always reaches over to share a Bible or songbook. I wasn't in Charleston, S.C., Wednesday night, but I suspect that churchgoers at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church were equally gracious to Dylann Storm Roof, 21, when he walked into their meeting and asked for the pastor.
NEWS
June 19, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
SOMETHING beautiful happened last night at Mother Bethel AME Church. In the wake of the massacre that left nine dead Wednesday night at Emanuel AME Church, a sister church in Charleston, S.C., the parishioners were not solemn during a memorial prayer service at Mother Bethel, the original African Methodist Episcopal church. In fact, they cheered together with folks of several faiths as the church choir delivered a rousing rendition of Richard Smallwood's 1996 hymn "Total Praise. " As the choir began to end the song, Mother Bethel's own the Rev. Mark Tyler took to the podium and began to speak.
NEWS
June 19, 2015 | Daily News Wire Reports
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A white man opened fire during a prayer meeting inside a historic black church in downtown Charleston on Wednesday night, killing nine people, including the pastor, in an assault that authorities described as a hate crime. The shooter remained at large Thursday morning. Police Chief Greg Mullen said he believed the attack at the Emanuel AME Church was a hate crime, and police were looking for a white male in his early 20s. Mullen said the scene was chaotic when police arrived, and the officers thought they had the suspect tracked with a police dog, but he got away.
NEWS
June 17, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Services are to be Saturday, June 20, for Elizabeth Owsley McComas D'Ignazio, 90, of Media, who died Friday, May 29, of Alzheimer's disease at home. Known as "Libby," she was the widow of Silvio "Babe" D'Ignazio, owner of the Towne House in Media, and a well-known philanthropist and colorful Delaware County figure. He died in 2008, also at age 90. "Libby D'Ignazio was a larger-than-life character," her family said in a tribute. "She was the feistiest, most independent kind of person.
NEWS
June 16, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
FOR FRAN McFADDEN, a member of the Incarnation of Our Lord parish for 55 years, the news yesterday that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia would shutter the Olney church building was "devastating. " McFadden, 70, graduated from the parish school along with her four siblings and her two daughters, she said. Faith is part of McFadden and so is Incarnation, she said. "It's not easy. You give your life to your faith then your church is gone," said McFadden, who immigrated to the United States from Ireland when she was 7 years old. "There is an opening in my heart.
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