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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.
NEWS
December 24, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Staff Writer
OLIVIA MATILDA SANDERS, a daughter of the South, brought her religious faith, her cooking skills and her deft needlework to Philadelphia at an early age. Her fried chicken was spectacular and her peach cobbler outstanding, but she was also known to family and friends as a quilt- maker whose products were coveted by all who saw them. She never made a dime quilting; all her work went to family and friends, or were donated to various charitable enterprises. She could sit for six to eight hours at a time making her quilts - but never on Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2015 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
What composer is brave enough to write a new piece to be performed alongside Bach? Turns out that seven agreed to put their voices up against the master's. With financial support from the increasingly important Presser Foundation, Choral Arts Philadelphia with Philadelphia Bach Collegium, organist Bernard Kunkel, and conductor Matthew Glandorf presented the new works Wednesday night at St. Clement's Church, and a varied bunch they were. Bach's Cantata BWV 61 was preceded by the premieres, all fairly brief and based on the Magnificat antiphons used at vespers on the last seven days of Advent.
NEWS
December 4, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
A depiction of the Second Coming of Jesus could help revive a little church in North Camden. The faded, water-damaged, but still-grand canvas bears the name of H. Willard Ortlip, who left Philadelphia society portraiture behind to become an international street preacher - and a painter of sacred subjects on a grand scale. At the former Wesleyan Methodist church, now Mount Carmel Holy Church, the simple, well-kept sanctuary is dominated by a majestic painting of Jesus descending from the heavens.
NEWS
December 4, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
This weekend, St. Paul's Elkins Park, a historic Episcopal church in Cheltenham, will celebrate the role of the church and the locale in hastening the dawn of freedom for African Americans in the United States. In special programs on Saturday and Sunday, the church will open "The Old York Road to Freedom," a permanent exhibition commemorating the Underground Railroad, the secret system by which slaves were smuggled to freedom. The schedule is full. Actors from the American Historical Theatre will portray such historic figures as Harriet Tubman (who traveled the Railroad to Philadelphia in 1848)
NEWS
December 1, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
It looks like a movie set from National Treasure , a dusty church-basement gym crammed with boxes, bureaus, mirrors, and paintings. There's no hidden map, but perhaps a future treasure: The plan is to turn the old gym, with its worn backboards and broken hoops, into a multiservice center to help the city's homeless, offering meals, showers, bathrooms, mental-health care, legal advice, and more at a Center City religious landmark. "We want to provide a place where all the different types of ministerial services we have available, our folks, and in the community and partner ministries, come together and provide services," said the Rev. Mike Harder, a pastor at Liberti Church.
NEWS
November 25, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
MARY JONES didn't just practice her religious faith - she lived it. Her membership in the historic Holy Temple Church of God in Christ was her entryway into a life of service to others, especially the sick, the elderly and the incapacitated. Mary Jones, onetime clerk for Saks Fifth Avenue, where she developed her well-known fashion sense, a world traveler, and a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died Nov. 15. She was 93 and lived in Merion Station, but had lived most of her life in West Philadelphia.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Wednesday, rapper Jeezy, on tour with his newest album, Church in These Streets, addressed 80 teens in an auditorium at the Juvenile Justice Center in West Philadelphia. He found himself telling them something he's told his 19-year-old son. "Everything you've been through," he said, "I've been through. " (On the Church in These Streets track "I Feel Ya," he raps: "Put your fam on your back, boy, I feel ya. / Put your hood on the map, boy, I feel ya. / You ain't got to say a word boy, I hear ya. ")
NEWS
November 24, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
After years of appeals and court battles - including a civil-rights suit - the Delaware County tax board has ruled that a church in tiny Trainer Borough will not have to pay real estate levies. The Board of Assessment found Monday that two parcels in the Church of the Overcomer complex that carried nearly $10,000 in annual tax bills qualified for exemptions, effective Jan. 1. "I've spent a decade of my life fighting for this cause," said Pastor Keith Collins, adding that the dispute "should never have happened.
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