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January 17, 2010 | By John Timpane
Every Martin Luther King's Birthday sees hundreds of TV specials, many replays of the "I Have a Dream" speech, thousands of school assemblies and community-service projects. Schoolchildren make drawings and write poems. We celebrate "I Have a Dream," a noble prophecy that has changed us for good. What we don't celebrate, what we suppress, is King's other great teaching: that if we wish to throw off the racism and militarism that have stained our history, we must reform our very economic and social system itself.
NEWS
August 22, 2006
SOME WOMAN'S "ordination" into the Catholic priesthood has op-ed writer Christine Flowers outraged. "Why do we treat only Catholicism as a work-in-progress?" she asks. Perhaps she should attend the synods, conventions and conferences where Protestants regularly re-examine their beliefs. And if "religion is not run by referendum," then could she steer me to where I can get me some extra wives and concubines? She calls the ordination "a travesty" and "an assault on Catholicism.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 1995 | By Bing Mark, FOR THE INQUIRER
Just as a good preacher can't preach without being emphatic, performance artist Tim Miller can't help being enthusiastic about his homosexuality. Miller admits in his newest piece, the autobiographical Naked Breath, that he "does go on about gay men. " He also tells us in a stage aside that he's "guilty as charged" when it comes to embellishing his memories with poesy, and narcissistically cataloguing the beds that he's built as a carpenter and the beds that he's slept in when he walks down a certain lane in New York's East Village.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 2007 | By GLENN WHIPP Los Angeles Daily News
When West London immigrant Kiranjit Ahluwalia poured gasoline on her husband's bed as he slept and lit it on fire in 1989, it was the culmination of a decade of physical and mental abuse. Was her action murder or manslaughter? Was she provoked? The British courts came down hard, sentencing Ahluwalia to life in prison for the murder of her husband. "Provoked" takes up Ahluwalia's case, which turned into a landmark in English criminal law in 1992, when "battered wife syndrome" was recognized as a valid defense for murder.
NEWS
June 17, 2001 | By David O'Reilly INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It is not for nothing that Protestant clergy are often called "preachers. " For many a congregation, the homily is the centerpiece, even the measure, of Sunday worship. "In a lot of churches, the sermon is perceived as this homiletic ocean liner, surrounded by a lot of little liturgical tugboats," observes the Rev. F. Russell Mitman, regional conference minister for the United Church of Christ. But "the sermon is not the only means of communicating the word of God," insists Mr. Mitman, an accomplished homilist who last month preached a service at the National Cathedral in Washington.
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
April 4, 2007
Sermon at St. Martin's in the Fields (philadelphia?) In the name of God, our Creator, our Redeemer, and our Friend along the way. Amen. Good morning. I am thrilled to be back here, and preaching on the 10th anniversary of my ordination to the permanent Deaconate. Ten years ago, it was raining cats and dogs this day, so I've been praying hard for good weather! But, No matter what the weather is, I want you to know that I love St. Martin's, and I love all of you, so it's very good to be here.
LIVING
January 2, 2000 | By Kristin Holmes, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It is a rare opportunity for those called to lead the brethren. Not all clergy have the chance - and the challenge - of delivering the first sermon of a new epoch. Though the next century and millennium do not officially begin until 2001, much of the public is giving the arrival of 2000 epochal treatment. It is also giving rise to bang-up sermons this weekend. A sample of clergy contacted in recent days said they would address their congregations about crises and responsibility, hope and commitment, peace and violence.
NEWS
May 27, 2011
THE MAYOR DROPPED the bomb about five minutes into his save-our-schools sermon. He took the pulpit yesterday at St. Matthew AME Church, at 57th and Race streets, and began preaching about the importance of education and the need for a renewed public commitment "to our children. " Then, in an abrupt change in the order of service, he interrupted his sermon to prepare the congregation for the offering. "Yes," he said in a thinly veiled reference to possible tax hikes. "You may have to dig in your pocket a little bit deeper.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2000 | By Rashod D. Ollison, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When you go to a black gospel concert, you may as well bring your Bible because the music is usually interspersed with plenty of Scripture quotes, preaching and testimonies. The Sisters in the Spirit concert at Temple's Liacouras Center on Saturday felt like a church service, with more sermon than song from Yolanda Adams, dance and praise from Mary Mary, and testimony from Shirley Caesar. This is a history- and money-making tour, featuring some of gospel's top female artists.
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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
April 13, 2014 | BY BECKY BATCHA, Daily News Staff Writer batchab@phillynews.com, 215-854-5757
AS HOUSEHOLDS in and around Philadelphia spring-clean and hunt down asparagus recipes in preparation for Easter and Passover, religious leaders are crafting their Easter Sunday sermons and their remarks for congregational seders. We asked faith leaders who've appeared in our weekend "Where We Worship" stories to share some of what's on their minds and in their word processors going into Holy Week and Passover. The Rev. Clifford Cutler, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill. Easter Sunday services at 8, 9 and 11 a.m. April 20. Moral and theological issues I'm asking the congregation to consider: Cutler plans to explore the curious repetition of tears and "weeping" in the Easter Gospel from John.
NEWS
April 9, 2012 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
They woke up early - very, very early - to put on their Easter Sunday best. They traveled from Yeadon and Haverford and Camden and West Philadelphia, retired teachers and young professionals, grandfathers and children rubbing sleep from their eyes. At 6 a.m., while the sun, still moon-cool and pearly, backlit the stained-glass windows, they filled the pews of Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church in Philadelphia and turned to the altar. The Rev. Mark Kelly Tyler, wearing gold-embroidered white robes, greeted the nearly 100 worshippers in the hallowed church, one of the first African American churches in the nation.
NEWS
September 12, 2011 | By Anthony Campisi, Inquirer Staff Writer
On his first Sunday as spiritual leader of the region's 1.5 million Catholics, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput exhorted worshipers to follow God's example of "radically generous and exaggerated love" by offering unconditional forgiveness - even to the terrorists responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks. Chaput (pronounced "shap-you") spoke at an annual Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul commemorating jubilee anniversaries of the archdiocese's priests, nuns, and brothers.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 2011
DEAR ABBY: We have a problem - our pastor. He uses the pulpit to criticize and put people down, and he offers no compassion. A person can only take so much. The problem is, if you say anything to him, you can bet the next sermon will be about what you discussed. How can I talk to him without making him angry? - All Fire and Brimstone DEAR A.F. AND B.: Your pastor's behavior gives new meaning to the term "bully pulpit. " Rather than approach him yourself, you and others who feel as you do should take your complaint to the governing board of your church.
NEWS
May 27, 2011
THE MAYOR DROPPED the bomb about five minutes into his save-our-schools sermon. He took the pulpit yesterday at St. Matthew AME Church, at 57th and Race streets, and began preaching about the importance of education and the need for a renewed public commitment "to our children. " Then, in an abrupt change in the order of service, he interrupted his sermon to prepare the congregation for the offering. "Yes," he said in a thinly veiled reference to possible tax hikes. "You may have to dig in your pocket a little bit deeper.
SPORTS
March 5, 2011
76ers Notes In addition to being a walking double-double, Minnesota Timberwolves forward-center Kevin Love provided some indirect inspiration to the 76ers. Love has 49 consecutive games of double figures in points and rebounds after doing it again Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center. But he also served as an example in a speech that coach Doug Collins gave the team when the Sixers were at their low point this season. The Sixers were 3-13, and Collins told the players how disappointed he was in the start.
NEWS
November 15, 2010 | By Kia Gregory, Inquirer Staff Writer
From the pulpit of St. Paul's Baptist Church in Spring Garden, the Rev. Leslie Callahan preached a message of urgency that many churches have shied away from. "The reason why the issue of AIDS is a matter of emphasis, the reason why the issue of HIV is a matter of emphasis in the city of Philadelphia today, is because there is a crisis," Callahan, dressed in a white robe, told the congregation in a slow, stirring cadence. "It is a crisis of knowledge. " "Unbelievable," she continued, "that after 30 years of AIDS being in the public eye there are still folks who lack knowledge about how AIDS is transmitted.
NEWS
March 15, 2010 | By Dianna Marder INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Michael Nutter got a copy of Good News for Modern Man for a freshman religion class at St. Joe's Prep, never knowing he'd need it as mayor of Philadelphia lo these many years later. "This is probably the only book I still have from high school," he said yesterday, clutching the tattered paperback, a version of the Bible. "I had no idea it would come in this handy. " Yesterday was part of Census Sermon Weekend and the mayor was on a road trip "as a census evangelist," he said, asking churchgoers to complete the U.S. census forms scheduled to arrive in mailboxes starting today.
NEWS
January 17, 2010 | By John Timpane
Every Martin Luther King's Birthday sees hundreds of TV specials, many replays of the "I Have a Dream" speech, thousands of school assemblies and community-service projects. Schoolchildren make drawings and write poems. We celebrate "I Have a Dream," a noble prophecy that has changed us for good. What we don't celebrate, what we suppress, is King's other great teaching: that if we wish to throw off the racism and militarism that have stained our history, we must reform our very economic and social system itself.
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