June 8, 2015 |
The Rev. Britt A. Starghill, 46, senior pastor at Kaighn Avenue Baptist Church in Camden since 1997, died Tuesday, June 2, of heart failure at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In 2004, Mr. Starghill established the Nehemiah Community Development Corp. to help deal with the blight of the Gateway neighborhood in Camden. He was its chairman at his death. Camden Mayor Dana Redd said that he "encouraged his members and the surrounding community to give back and take an active part in the city's revitalization efforts.
December 31, 2014 |
Ivan B. Hewitt, 84, of Philadelphia, who led Thankful Baptist Church in North Philadelphia for 25 years, died Friday, Dec. 26, of heart failure at Cliveden Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Mount Airy. Pastor Hewitt was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in Philadelphia. He attended city public schools, graduating from Bartram High School. He also attended La Salle College and the Manna Bible Institute. He was a preacher's son - his mother, Linda, was a minister, and her example led Pastor Hewitt to begin preaching himself as a child.
December 5, 2014 |
MARY EUGENIA Houston was all about taking care of others. Whether it was her own family, her church family, or the students she helped as a speech therapist, Mary was all about service. And she had a number of talents to help her do her work. The wife of a preacher, she became a preacher herself, duly licensed by her denomination. As a speech pathologist, she worked with students in both the Philadelphia and Chester-Upland school districts. She held leadership positions in numerous service organizations, winning many honors, but she always had time for her family, insisting they have dinner together every night, and seeing to it that her children's schools got everything they needed.
October 20, 2014 |
A CONTROVERSIAL group of black street preachers who spew hate speech at whites, Asians, gays, women and some blacks they find objectionable, has a right to continue preaching, the state Superior Court has ruled. The Oct. 14 decision affirmed Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Ellen Ceisler's ruling from July 2013, and is another blow to the Shops at Liberty Place, which sued the preachers. Operating under the name Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge, the preachers since 2012 have held semiregular Friday-afternoon demonstrations on the public sidewalk at 16th and Chestnut streets, which is near the main entrance to the Center City retail complex.
July 21, 2013 |
THE RANTS against "greedy bastard" white "devils," female "whores," gays and Asians can continue outside the Shops at Liberty Place. So ruled a Philadelphia judge, who said yesterday that federal and state law protects the right of a controversial black religious group to protest in front of the Center City shopping complex at 16th and Chestnut streets. "I can sympathize with Liberty Place. I understand that this is diminishing the ambience and the experience of your customers and patrons, but that is the price we have to pay," said Common Pleas Judge Ellen Ceisler, who referenced the controversial Westboro Baptist Church in her ruling.
July 17, 2013 |
FIERY RANTS about "white devils," "whores" and homosexuals, and calling black passers-by the N-word are what members of the Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge are known for while protesting in front of One Liberty Place. It's also why the owners of the retail and residential complex, at 16th and Chestnut streets in Center City, filed a lawsuit in May to prevent the group's members from protesting out front. But during a court hearing yesterday, one of the religious group's leaders, "General" Kory Travis, politely explained to a judge the reasoning behind the harsh words and why his group should be allowed to continue protesting at the entrance to the Shops at Liberty Place, the complex's mall and food court.
June 10, 2013
The Rev. Will D. Campbell, a self-described "bootleg preacher" who became one of the most prominent white clergymen in the South to fight for racial equality during the civil-rights movement, died June 3 at a nursing home in Nashville. He had complications from a stroke two years ago, his friend John Egerton said. Mr. Campbell was ordained a minister while in his teens but came to distrust organized religion and to prefer preaching anywhere, as he liked to say, but under a steeple.
May 17, 2013 |
T OMMY CHONG made a fortune as a stoner comic, but he doesn't think marijuana is a laughing matter anymore. These days, he sees pot as the antidote for what ails America. Chong, 74, thinks that legalizing and taxing weed on a federal level would offer numerous benefits. "Look at the situation we're in now," Chong said. "Sequesters. Cuts. Everything cut across the board. Now, the government is tapped into the biggest cash crop in the world. "There's little manufacturing cost.
January 8, 2013 |
COMPETING FOR attention with Dick Clark could not have been an easy experience. But Leroy Smith was not to be discouraged. He had a message to deliver, and the crowds of young people who gathered outside the Philadelphia Arena for Dick Clark's American Bandstand were going to hear it. The Rev. Leroy Smith started his religious service as a street preacher, and the venue he chose to try to sell his message of faith was outside the Philadelphia Arena...
October 31, 2012 |
TO HEAR the Giants tell it, former Phillie Hunter Pence should be the World Series MVP. Earlier this month, when the Giants were trailing the Reds, 2-0, in the best-of-five NLDS, Pence - who was traded from the Phils to the Giants in July - gave a motivating locker-room speech before Game 3 that would have made Knute Rockne proud. The Giants, of course, went on to sweep the rest of that series, beat the Cardinals in seven games in the NLCS. On Sunday night, the Giants completed a sweep of the Tigers in the World Series.