May 27, 2005
AS AN African-American man, I wonder why every time there is a political election, out of hiding here comes the black clergy. Who are these people? What and who do they represent? What ever happened to the separation of church and state? How much do these guys get paid, is it 30 pieces of silver? Is this considered pay to play? Or should we just start labeling these folks as the "Green clergy"? Ralph P. Goldsborough Yeadon
October 3, 1997 |
The topic is domestic violence, and this time the preachers will be getting preached to. The Sabbath of Domestic Peace, a three-year-old effort to combat home violence through faith communities, will conduct its first interfaith worship and healing service Sunday at 3 p.m. at Overbrook Presbyterian Church, City and Lancaster avenues. The service is open to the public, but sponsors say their main audience and target will be clergy. The service will include prayers and readings from Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Muslim scriptures.
May 19, 2006 |
It's time, says the Rev. Anthony Floyd, for ministers, evangelists, pastors, and anyone else who believes that spiritual intervention can turn the tide of violence sweeping the city, to be seen, and heard. So beginning at 1 p.m. tomorrow, he and what he hopes will be hundreds of others will march and pray in support of the victims and in protest of the unconscionable killings. The march will start at St. Elizabeth Community Center, 1845 N. 23rd St., and weave through several blocks of North Philadelphia before ending where it started.
July 29, 1993 |
C.B. Cook in many ways fits the image of the dutiful clergy spouse. The pastor's significant other works faithfully in the nursery during services, washes dishes in fellowship hall kitchen and brings homemade rolls and pies to church suppers. But C.B. Cook is no typical clergy wife. The "C.B. " stands for Charles Barry. Cook, a Center City banker, is among a growing number of men who find themselves charting new terrain as clergy husbands. "When it comes to the clergy spouse being male, there is a lot more having to feel one's way," said Peggy L. Shriver, a staff associate for professional church leadership for the National Council of Churches.
February 14, 2009 |
Hours after a fire in Coatesville destroyed 15 houses and displaced dozens of residents late last month, there was a meeting of local clergy that longtime residents say was unprecedented. Tabernacle Baptist Church was packed with clergy and other representatives of congregations and faith-based nonprofits - neighbors in a small town but often strangers when it comes to working together. One pastor was assigned to oversee clothing donations; another would take care of furniture; a third would blog about relief efforts.
December 14, 1986 |
Police in the city's Northeast reached out to area clergy last week for help in catching what police have described as a group of Gypsies preying on the elderly. During a meeting Thursday at the Northeast Police Division, Harbison Avenue and Levick Street, police asked the religious leaders to warn their older congregants to be wary of friendly strangers. The clergymen vowed to do what they could to help stop the thieves. On at least six occasions over the last six weeks, elderly Northeast residents have fallen victim to scams.
March 6, 1995 |
According to an old Jewish folktale the world is sustained for the sake of 36 righteous men whose quiet, good deeds go unnoticed by the rest of us. Hidden in plain sight, these unassuming holy men cannot be identified by collar, cowl, or robes. That anonymity may be a blessing: They are accountable only to themselves and their God. The ordained clergy, on the other hand, are frequently called to account in public forums. Last week, Rabbi Fred J. Neulander of Cherry Hill resigned from his congregation amid rumors of marital infidelities with two women in his congregation and an ongoing investigation into his wife's murder.
October 4, 1998 |
When it comes to violence in the home, the ways of God need to be mingled with the insights of psychology and law enforcement. So say members of the Sabbath of Domestic Peace, an interfaith educational initiative. The Philadelphia-based project aims to help clergy sharpen their responses when victims of domestic violence seek their counsel. Next Sunday, the project will present its second annual worship service, with Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim representatives attending.
February 1, 1999 |
Protestant clergy and faith-based groups are gearing up - again - for a holy war against legalized gaming as being sinful and socially evil. They're reaching beyond the pulpit for coalitions to urge "no" votes in a possible statewide referendum on riverboat gambling. But the usual anti-gambling fervor could be muted by a proposal to spend the filthy lucre on public education - a linkage some clergy consider devious but politically clever. And the Protestant phalanx can't count on support from the Catholic Church, which views gambling as "morally neutral," or on help from organized Jewish efforts.
July 12, 1987 |
More than 100 members of the clergy in Delaware County have joined forces to campaign against and discourage racial intimidation and harassment in housing throughout the county. The group, known as CCARE (Clergy and Congregations Affirming Racial Equality), announced its goal in the form of an advertisement published June 30 in seven area newspapers condemning "increasingly frequent acts" of discrimination. Nicole C. F. Bouvier, director of the Fair Housing Council in Delaware County, which helped organize CCARE in September, said that the number of harassments reported to the council had risen from about five a year for the period 1980 to 1985 to 11 in the council's fiscal 1987.