May 14, 2013 |
The Rev. Myrtle Daniels stepped up to the altar and switched on a reading light. Lucile Stewart-Mitchell took her seat at the piano, pressing open a hymn book. Karyn Fisher turned down music playing on an iPad. "We've had a busy week," Daniels announced, facing a dozen congregants gathered Sunday morning at Mount Zion A.M.E. in Woolwich Township. A week earlier, someone had rearranged the letters on the sign outside the tiny church, defacing it with a racist - and misspelled - message: No Nigers Welcome.
May 9, 2013 |
The sign adjacent to historic Mount Zion A.M.E. Church in Woolwich Township, a one-story white frame building, usually reads, "All Are Welcome. " But on Sunday, parishioners discovered vandals had scrambled the letters to produce "No Nigers Welcome. " So the hoodlums were racist and stupid. But they were meddling with the wrong church. All 11 congregants. "I thought people had gotten past that," said the Rev. Myrtle Daniels, who was a Freedom Rider in Mississippi in the 1960s before moving north for school and a more tolerant racial climate.
April 9, 2013 |
For the six folks who are often the only congregation at the Old Caln Meeting House near Coatesville, the simple structure on a country road is an old, old relative that gets considerable care. But when an architect climbed an outside ladder in March 2012 to look into the attic, he blanched, according to congregation member Adrian Martinez. "He said, 'Why is this building still standing?' " Fair question. The older section was built in 1726, the other in 1801. The concern was not with age, but construction.
April 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama and the first family walked from the White House across Lafayette Square to attend Easter worship at St. John's Church, their most frequent religious venue while in Washington. The Obamas worshipped at St. John's on Easter of 2009, and they have visited the Episcopal congregation, which is led by the Rev. Luis Leon, numerous times, including last year. With Obama there, Leon took a shot at political conservatives, arguing that some conservative positions are holding people back.
March 11, 2013 |
The Rev. Dr. Agnes W. Norfleet's call to the ministry was clear, but the answer wasn't. The student who would become the first female pastor/head of staff at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, one of the largest - and wealthiest - congregations in the area, wasn't sure she wanted to be a pioneer. In the 1970s, "women were going to seminary, but there was a resistance to women getting called in church [leadership] positions," Norfleet said. So she went to college to study French.
February 13, 2013 |
Ronald E. Evans cherishes the ceramic pitcher and matching washbasin his grandmother brought to Camden from North Carolina. So he carefully placed these heirlooms on a table at St. Bartholomew's Church - to make a point. "People forget that they didn't get here on their own," said Evans, 81, organizer of a program to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. "We got here on the backs of those who came here before us," he added. "And the story's not over yet. " The George Murry Fellowship Hall at the church - the heart of black Catholicism in Camden County for more than 60 years - filled with people Saturday afternoon for the observance of Abraham Lincoln's proclamation.
January 31, 2013 |
After spending two years on the streets in Camden, addicted to crack and heroin and sleeping in an abandoned car, Robert O'Neal found shelter and sobriety - in a series of suburban South Jersey congregations. "Their love for the men in the program is genuine," O'Neal, 45, said of the volunteers at the Homeless Hospitality Network, which has more than two dozen member congregations in Cherry Hill, Collingswood, Haddonfield, Haddon Heights, Blackwood, Lawnside, Oaklyn, and other communities.
December 26, 2012 |
On the eve of Jesus' birth, the only thing Joseph and Mary wanted was a roof over their heads. That was all the parishioners of St. Peter's Episcopal Church wanted, too, as they wandered from temporary home to temporary home this summer and fall while the roof of their historic Society Hill church was restored. On Monday, Joseph and Mary, played by Harry Tobin and Adair Nelson at the St. Peter's Christmas Eve pageant and family service, found a roof in a humble manger surrounded by toddlers and grade-schoolers dressed as cows, donkeys, angels, and shepherds.
December 9, 2012 |
Two years ago, our family began planning to attend the London Olympics. We also began work on the Thompson/Tomson History Walk. After decades of researching our family history, we wanted to walk in the footsteps of our English ancestor, Thomas Tomson, from his ancestral village, Leyton, to the River Thames, where he boarded the ship Abigail in 1635. He arrived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony and, a few years later, hopscotched to eastern Long Island, where he helped found a number of towns, before arriving in Elizabeth, N.J., in 1664 as one of the Elizabethtown Associates.