November 4, 2014 |
ALBERT A. YOUNG was a wolf disguised as a sheep, lying in wait for an opportunity to use his role as a religious leader to perpetrate the sickest of crimes, authorities believe. The 49-year-old self-styled "apostle" of Total Deliverance Ministries, at 22nd and Norris streets in North Philadelphia, was jailed late last week, accused of using his ministry not only to preach the Gospel but to perpetrate a sexual crime against his 15-year-old mentally challenged niece, police sources said.
October 28, 2014 |
Steve Morton read a few years ago that changing religious views, convenience, and the recession were leading more people to choose cremation. As the senior pastor of Hopewell United Methodist Church in Downingtown, he knew he had to respond. "The church has got to get in there with something sacred and beautiful," Morton said he and other church officials thought. "I have so many church members where Mom is in the basement, or Dad is in the garage. " So the church opened a memorial garden and two columbaria last year for the cremated remains of congregants and community members.
October 28, 2014 |
Frank Schaefer, the former Lebanon, Pa., pastor defrocked and then reinstated after officiating at his gay son's wedding, has cleared his final legal hurdle. The United Methodist Church's highest judicial board on Monday said Schaefer can keep his ministerial credentials, bringing closure to a case that last year led to some calls for a schism. The Judicial Council, in a decision issued following a hearing last week in Memphis, did not weigh in on the denomination's ban on gay marriage, ruling on technical grounds.
October 24, 2014 |
F. Douglas Raymond Jr., 88, a well-known Main Line rheumatologist and cofounder of the Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital, died Saturday, Oct. 18, of heart failure at Bryn Mawr Hospital, where he served for nearly four decades. Born in Philadelphia, Dr. Raymond graduated from Episcopal Academy in 1944. He served in the Navy during World War II before returning to complete his education at Princeton University in 1950 and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1954. At Princeton, Dr. Raymond was a founding member of the a cappella singing group the Princeton Tigertones.
October 23, 2014 |
YOU CITY KIDS don't know what it's like to have to go out in the back yard and kill your own food. Florence Kelley might have used words to that effect when describing her upbringing on a farm in Abbeville, S.C. Florence was up at the crack of dawn to feed the chickens and milk the cows and lead them out to pasture. The farm animals also provided food for the table, and somebody had to go out there and get it. "She told us we were lucky not to have to kill our own food," her family said.
October 21, 2014 |
What's the problem with front-loading a review of country-rock star Eric Church's satisfying Saturday Wells Fargo Center concert by cutting to his "Philadelphia Special" finale? The concern is that key facts about his two-hour set will be displaced. Such as how authoritatively entertaining all 25 songs were - many from his recent, best-yet album, The Outsiders . Such as how superior the North Carolina artist is, in style and substance, to other big-name pop-country acts packing sports venues these days.
October 20, 2014 |
An assembly of Roman Catholic bishops gathered to consider new ways their church might minister to families in the 21st century has backed away from the unprecedented message of welcome to homosexuals it had issued early last week. In the final report issued Saturday, the 183 bishops gathered in Rome discarded a statement from an interim document Monday that had declared that "homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community. " Similarly, a section in Monday's document titled "Welcoming Homosexual Persons," was replaced in the final document with a title reading, "The Pastoral Care of Persons With Homosexual Orientation.
October 17, 2014
BACK IN THE mid-1960s, my aunt's husband did what a lot of other husbands (and wives) did with spouses who no longer filled their wish lists: traded her in for a younger model. Given the fact that my aunt was not even 30 at the time, you could rightly say that her eventual ex was a bit picky. In fact, given the age of the shiny new model he ended up choosing, Uncle "Johnny" was dangerously close to being known as "Uncle Holmesburg. " But this isn't about him. It isn't even about my aunt.
October 15, 2014 |
BACK IN the 1980s, City Hall workers and others in the vicinity could take their lunches to the nearby Arch Street Presbyterian Church and listen to Esther Wideman at the organ. The once-a-week noon concerts were free and part of Esther's contribution to the cultural life of her adopted city. She was the organist and director of music at the church. Esther's passion for the organ took her all over Europe, where she could listen to the music of famous organs, mostly in ancient churches, and get to play many of them herself.