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August 5, 2015
AS FAITH LEADERS from across Pennsylvania, we are proud to publicly support Planned Parenthood and the essential care they provide. As providers of pastoral service in our houses of worship and faith communities, we trust Planned Parenthood to offer quality reproductive health care and educational programming, and we know that their mission and work is consistent with the teachings of our various faiths. This is just the latest political attack on women's health - and a clear cynical and coordinated effort designed to undermine this essential health-care provider.
NEWS
July 27, 2015 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, Daily News Staff Writer mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
IT'S BEEN years since Ocean City, N.J., proclaimed itself "America's Greatest Family Resort. " But it's been many more years - 136, to be precise - since four Methodist ministers set up a camp meeting beneath cedars and named streets after their denomination's prominent leaders. They called their al fresco spiritual outpost "the Tabernacle. " That tamed land still belongs to "the Tab," a nonprofit charged with upholding island tradition and drawing some of the town's 120,000 summer visitors away from the beach and into ample theater seats.
NEWS
July 21, 2015 | BY ERIC BERGER, For the Daily News
TEL AVIV - When Ira Somers descended from the El Al plane with his wife and five kids and more than 200 other new immigrants Tuesday at nearby Ben Gurion International Airport, he turned a ram's horn skyward and let out a loud, sustained blast more commonly associated with Judaism's High Holidays. "I was hoping that my shofar-blowing would be the wake-up call for everyone listening" to an American Jewish organization's simulcast of the arrival - "that they would hear it and be inspired to come home," said Somers, 44, who, like his wife, Lauren, became religious as an adult.
SPORTS
June 29, 2015 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood where Carla Caple has lived since birth, maintaining a faith life has been like a game of musical chairs. One Catholic parish closes and Caple moves to another. Then that church shuts down and she moves on to the next. Through each closing or merging of a parish and school, Caple has enrolled her children in someplace new and gone to Mass with a new group of congregants. But her faith has remained strong, whatever the parish. And despite the revolving door of parishes, Caple has stayed involved with her congregation.
SPORTS
June 29, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
HOUSTON - Ana Ulloa Romero and her two younger children reached their arms over the car tire supporting them as they propelled themselves through the murky Rio Grande toward the hope of something better. Debris and water started filling the tire, pulling them downward and scaring the younger ones, whom Romero comforted with quick prayers . Please God, protect my family. Somewhere in the desert expanse ahead of them, Romero's husband, Oscar, was crossing with "coyotes," human smugglers.
NEWS
June 22, 2015 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
The last time I sat down with the Rev. Mark Tyler, the streets of Baltimore were exploding in anger and grief over the death of Freddie Gray. It seems like so long ago now. That May morning, Tyler, the leader of the Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church in Society Hill, sat at his rectory desk reviewing the words of a Sunday sermon to confront the despair of yet another killing of a black man by police - deaths that, now that we were all finally paying attention, seemed to build unrelentingly, week after week.
NEWS
June 22, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny and Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writers
When he heard the names of those killed in the Charleston, S.C., church shooting, the Rev. Robin Hynicka wrote all nine on a white index card, tucked it in his shirt pocket, and started to search for the right words to deliver on Sunday. "It's not hard to make the decision to go there. But it's an emotional and spiritual challenge," said Hynicka, pastor of Philadelphia's Arch Street United Methodist Church. "You have to take a leap of faith to begin to engage. " Hynicka was one of many faith leaders who in the wake of Wednesday's shooting put their planned sermons - some still in process, some already complete, several focused on Father's Day - to the side and tried to find a new message in the tragedy.
NEWS
June 19, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
SOMETHING beautiful happened last night at Mother Bethel AME Church. In the wake of the massacre that left nine dead Wednesday night at Emanuel AME Church, a sister church in Charleston, S.C., the parishioners were not solemn during a memorial prayer service at Mother Bethel, the original African Methodist Episcopal church. In fact, they cheered together with folks of several faiths as the church choir delivered a rousing rendition of Richard Smallwood's 1996 hymn "Total Praise. " As the choir began to end the song, Mother Bethel's own the Rev. Mark Tyler took to the podium and began to speak.
SPORTS
June 12, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Columnist
SO NOW that we've beaten to a pulp LeSean McCoy's jilted premise that Chip Kelly doesn't like talent-rich African-American players, the question remains: Why, exactly, is McCoy a Buffalo Bill these days and not a Philadelphia Eagle? Yes, I know Kelly's explanation claimed it was simply a monetary decision, that he could fill his linebacker need with a lesser-priced Kiko Alonso and have oodles of money left to add a lesser-priced running back - a two-for-one, I think it was called.
SPORTS
June 10, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THE EAGLES' story lines this spring are all about gambles. Chip Kelly is gambling on Sam Bradford's left knee and DeMarco Murray's durability and Jordan Matthews' upside and his own ability to oversee not just the execution of X's-and-O's, but the selections of Jimmys and Joes. The biggest gamble, though, might be where he has chosen not to wager, and not to upgrade. There are no significant additions this spring to an Eagles offensive line that got pretty banged up a year ago and struggled even when intact, an offensive line that clearly did not live up to its billing as a team strength when last season began.
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