June 19, 2016 |
Those who have longed to hear the ceaselessly modern voices of The Crossing sing something old - as in J.S. Bach old - will finally get their wish, though in poetically fragmented form. Having established itself as a new-music ensemble over the last decade, The Crossing and its cofounder/director Donald Nally now take on a massive work of compassion and suffering - political and social implications included. The project is built around the 1680 crucifixion oratorio Membra Jesu Nostri by Dieterich Buxtehude, interspersed with seven new companion pieces by contemporary composers from around the world, each with highly individualistic voices.
June 17, 2016 |
Derik Moore's job defined stressful. When he worked as a Philadelphia Department of Human Services investigator, he was the one who talked to children who had been abused, sometimes sexually, and confronted their abusers. But he was handling it OK, Moore thought, triumphing when he made a difference, and accepting "a baseline melancholy" as part of life. "Then my dentist says, 'You're grinding the hell out of your teeth,' " Moore said. Stress in the body, stress at home, distance from loved ones, ulcers, high blood pressure: it all comes from "compassion fatigue," and for the 50 counselors and therapists attending a workshop Wednesday on "Stress Management & Self Care in the Field," Moore's story rang all too true.
April 13, 2016
ISSUE | POPE FRANCIS Not enough 'joy' The title " Amoris Laetitia ," or "The Joy of Love," seems strange for a document by Pope Francis that calls "irregular" relationships emblematic of those who live in an "imperfect manner" ("Pope urges compassion for gays, divorced," Saturday). Love is a loose term, and joy is an emotional reaction for those who are no longer distressed, angered, frightened, or disgusted by being judged "irregular" and "imperfect. " Compassion without celebration remains a form of denigration.
April 10, 2016 |
Pope Francis on Friday issued a much-anticipated document on family that overturns no major teachings of the Catholic Church, but calls on its clergy to be compassionate and to welcome divorced-and-remarried couples, gays, and those who live in an "imperfect manner. " The church and its clergy have been "wasting pastoral energy on denouncing a decadent world without proactively proposing ways to finding true happiness," Francis wrote in the document, titled "Amoris Laetitia ," or "The Joy of Love.
April 8, 2016 |
WITH ITS CHARMING contrast of redbrick buildings and white cherry-tree blossoms, Lancaster is a beautiful place to be right now. It's also an exciting place for those interested in animal-free foods. This traditionally meat-and-dairy-based region is now on the vegan-friendly map, thanks to some forward-looking companies and a growing demand for their foods. Recently, I checked in with four such businesses while noting other vegan options ( see sidebar ) for Philadelphians who might want to venture west for a day or weekend.
March 11, 2016
STU BYKOFSKY's points in his column against immigrants seem to be coming from a visceral place of fear rather than research about immigrants in U.S. society. He and other anti-immigrant advocates, focus on the tragic murder of a woman in San Francisco by a man who was in this country without documents, while neglecting to discuss research about immigration and crime. The individual event is much more sensational than evidence from scientific studies. In fact, neighborhoods with a high share of immigrants are safer than other neighborhoods at similar income levels.
February 9, 2016 |
LAMAR ANDERSON wasn't sure what the sound was. Suburban Station is usually a blur of movement and noise, but that thump was different from any other background noise he'd grown accustomed to. When he turned to see what it was, he almost couldn't believe it. It was the sound of metal being slammed into a man's skull. Steps away, at the ticket counter, a man was beating another over the head with what police would later discover was a pipe wrench. Anderson, 37, homeless for 11 years, is one of the many men and women who find their way to the station at dawn after a night on the streets or in one of the city's shelters.
February 6, 2016
By Cindy Sanford On Jan. 25, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of giving minors convicted of homicide a chance to have their cases reviewed, an immediate, palpable gratitude overwhelmed me. I rejoiced that most of the justices ruling in Montgomery v. Louisiana recognized that children are different from adults and that their actions, even when they involve terrible crimes, are less likely to reflect irreparable corruption. Such feelings of mercy and compassion did not come easily to me. As a lifelong conservative, I prided myself on being an advocate of victims, not a liberal "bleeding heart" championing the cause of misfits and felons.
January 18, 2016
ISSUE | REFUGEES Compassion, not pain A humanitarian crisis in Central America has driven hundreds of thousands of refugees - including more than 115,000 unaccompanied children - to the United States since 2014. In the last quarter of last year, more than 10,000 Central American children crossed into this country. This situation demands compassionate and sensible approaches. Instead, inhumane federal deportation practices are tearing apart these refugees' communities ("Deportation controversy," Jan. 10)
December 18, 2015 |
Lawrence F. Kienle, 92, a radiologist who retired in 1978 from the former West Jersey Health System, died Friday, Dec. 4, at the Masonic Healthcare Center in Elizabethtown, Lancaster County, where he had lived in recent years. Though he spent his career in South Jersey, Dr. Kienle made his largest mark after he had retired. A. Craig Hillemeier, dean of Pennsylvania State University's College of Medicine, announced his passing by calling him "a man of towering generosity" who was "passionate about patient-centered care.