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January 18, 2016 | BY JASON NARK, Staff Writer
A DARK TOWER ON Chestnut Street was the beacon that David Braverman said he needed to navigate his way out of the Church of Scientology. Braverman, founder and owner of LeBus Bakery, says he spent close to $1 million on Scientology during nearly four decades - on the church's so-called auditing sessions to restore "beingness and ability," on travel to its massive Flag Building in Clearwater, Fla., and in fulfilling constant requests for donations....
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January 9, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
A Lindenwold church was vandalized Wednesday when someone hurled glass candle holders through several stained-glass windows and knocked over the cross on the altar, authorities and church officials said. The incident happened between 11:30 a.m. and noon at St. Lawrence Church at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Shrine in the 100 block of North White Horse Pike when someone walked inside. A worker had stepped out at the time, but the doors were unlocked for visitors who wanted to worship, Lindenwold Police Detective Christopher Sherrer said.
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January 5, 2016 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com 215-854-5987 On Twitter: @ValerieRussDN
THREE DAYS BEFORE Christmas, the Rev. Adolphus C. Prince, the ousted pastor of Zion Baptist Church, filed a lawsuit against the historic church of the late Rev. Leon H. Sullivan, seeking $50,000 and reinstatement as pastor. The suit seeks temporary and permanent injunctions to stop the congregation from having a second vote, scheduled for Jan. 9, on whether Prince should return. In the Dec. 22 filing, Prince asks Common Pleas Court to overturn the July 2014 vote, saying that he "was pastor of Zion Baptist Church from January 2012 until he was illegally removed on July 12, 2014.
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December 30, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Staff Writer
FIRST DISTRICT Plaza in West Philadelphia is something of a miracle, and E. Catherine Shepard had a big part in making it happen. Catherine was a charter member of Self Help Inc., formed by the First Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church to create and maintain the shimmering structure at 38th and Market streets that houses ballrooms, meeting rooms and offices, and is busy day and night. Catherine's Self Help group raised $2.5 million of the total $13 million cost of the building, and First District Plaza became the city's largest black-owned banquet facility.
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December 30, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Beverly Haaf remembers when people didn't know how or where to find out what was happening in Beverly. "I said to people, 'We need our own newspaper,' " says Haaf, a longtime resident of the tidy little Delaware River town in Burlington County. "I said it three times . " No one stepped up. So Haaf, author of Thief of Hearts and several other romance novels, launched the Beverly Bee in 1999. "I like to tell stories," says Haaf, who also writes suspense and horror fiction.
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December 30, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Staff Writer
Dorothy Jane Moore, 99, a pillar of Shiloh Baptist Church in Philadelphia, died Monday, Dec. 21. Ms. Moore was born in Jacksonville, Fla., and moved with her family at age 2 to Philadelphia. She attended city public schools, graduating from Barrett Junior High and William Penn High School for Girls. She also studied at what is now Peirce College. Ms. Moore briefly worked for the U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Treasury Department, and Cuneo Press, but most of her career - and life - revolved around Shiloh Baptist Church at 20th and Christian Streets.
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December 28, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
Inside the multipurpose room of a long-shuttered Chester school, the Rev. Dickie Robbins commands the attention of 100 on a cold Sunday morning. All ages and backgrounds, in sweatpants, Sunday best, and mustard-yellow suits, the worshipers of Life in Christ Cathedral of Faith clap and sway, arms wide open, to upbeat tunes. In their hands, they carry Bibles - tattered, highlighted - and any offerings they can bring. When Robbins lifts the microphone to his lips, they dig out cellphones, pens, and paper and take notes.
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December 26, 2015 | By Jocelyn Brumbaugh, JOHNSTOWN TRIBUNE-DEMOCRAT
NANTY GLO, Pa. - For the last 15 years, Geno Bartoletti and his wife have designed and created their own Christmas cards, usually depicting something that sums up the year - a new grandchild, a special trip, an important event. This year, the choice was easy. On Nov. 8, fire destroyed Nanty Glo First Baptist Church, where Bartoletti is pastor. The 102-year legacy of the church is what Bartoletti said inspired his pen-and-ink drawing for this year's Christmas card, which shows the church as it appeared in 1948 for its 35th anniversary.
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December 25, 2015 | By Melanie Burney, Staff Writer
An Atlantic City pastor was searching for a miracle so he could relocate his small church to a safer home. A retired Jewish businessman from Cherry Hill was looking to sell a parcel of land valued at $75,000 to $125,000. Together, they settled on a price: $0. It may have been the holiday spirit, or a blessing. Either way, prayers were answered for the City of Hope Worship Outreach Center and Pastor Kenneth Applewhite. "It was a feel-good type of thing. I wanted to do it, and I did it," James Horowitz, 82, said of his decision to donate the vacant land on the Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., so the congregation could build a new church.
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