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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.
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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)
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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.
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. ")
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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.
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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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November 20, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Wednesday, the Rev. Michael Brady went to his final rest - again. This time with the aid of a backhoe, a crane, and three laborers with shovels. When a venerable Philadelphia church closed in 2013, more than pews and stained glass stayed behind. Also remaining was a low grave on the north side of the building, where the priest was buried in 1929. On Wednesday, trucks pulled onto the lawn of what had been Incarnation of Our Lord Catholic Church, at Fifth Street and Lindley Avenue in Olney.
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November 17, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
After Sunday service at Zion Baptist Church in Ardmore, the Triple Nickle Association invited those assembled downstairs to honor a special corps of men who served their country long ago. The all-black paratroopers unit was created by order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1943. The men became known as the 555th Infantry, or the "Triple Nickles. " While not one of the originals, Pfc. Malvin Brown was among this band of paratrooper enlistees, serving during World War II. The 24-year-old Lower Merion native was one of 300 black paratroopers deployed in 1945 on a secret mission dubbed "Operation Firefly," their first assignment.
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November 15, 2015 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
With a repertoire spanning a few hundred years, Seraphic Fire is likely to morph before our ears this season in its first visits to Philadelphia. The professional choir from Miami, in a local debut Thursday night at St. Clement's Church, fused its sound to Handel, Purcell, and Marc-Antoine Charpentier, and in this guise - with New York instrumental ensemble the Sebastians in tow - the group made a strong case for itself as an authoritative purveyor of three distinct strains of baroque music.
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