April 1, 2011 |
A former adjunct professor who was forced to leave Chestnut Hill College because he is gay is co-teaching a course at the University of Pennsylvania. The Rev. James St. George said Thursday night that he had co-taught several of the Monday classes in the course Religion, Social Justice, and Urban Development with professor Andrew Lamas. St. George said Lamas had invited him to co-teach the course this semester and was directly compensating him. He said Penn had not hired him. Penn spokesman Ron Ozio said Thursday night he was unaware of the arrangement until informed by reporters and could not immediately comment.
March 31, 2011 |
Father Jim St. George, the Chestnut Hill College adjunct professor who was fired in February for being gay, has moved to the Ivy League. St. George is co-teaching a course on religion, social justice and urban development at the University of Pennsylvania with Penn urban-studies professor Andrew Lamas, who offered the position to St. George after hearing of his travails. "It feels good to be teaching again," said St. George, pastor of St. Miriam Old Catholic Church in Blue Bell.
March 4, 2011
I am a graduate of Chestnut Hill College, with master's degrees in spirituality and psychology. My spiritual formation and life were formed by teachings in moral theology, social justice, and ethics, and through the example of the Sisters of St. Joseph. I thought they lived as they taught, with integrity and concern for the principles of social justice as reflected in the life of Christ. Learning about the manner in which the Rev. James St. George has been treated by the school has been shocking to me, not only his firing but the inhumane and dishonest way this situation was conducted ("Students backing former instructor," Wednesday)
February 11, 2011 |
Love is a lot like death: Cupid doesn't discriminate. And, it seems, he has struck again: US Weekly claims Scarlett Johansson , 26, is "smitten" with Sean Penn , who at 50 is 24 years her senior. This comes just weeks after ScarJo split up with hub Ryan Reynolds (whose dad, by the way, was with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police). Guess both are on the rebound: Sean, not so long ago, re-broke-up yet again with the divine Robin Wright after 14 years of marriage.
January 15, 2011 |
Mia Farrow, the actress and humanitarian whose persistent advocacy of human rights in sub-Saharan Africa has earned her international recognition, will receive the Marian Anderson Award in May, Mayor Nutter announced Friday. The prize is named for the Philadelphia-born contralto who used her celebrity to effect social change. Since 1998, it has been given to entertainer/activists such as Bill Cosby, Sidney Poitier, and Gregory Peck. When Anderson (1897-1993), the celebrated African American singer, met with racial intolerance, she gracefully fought for social justice.
December 14, 2010 |
Caroline "Cary" Isard, 91, of Drexel Hill, an advocate for social justice, died of pneumonia at Delaware County Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, Dec. 1. Her husband of 68 years, Walter Isard, died Nov. 6. In 1956, Mrs. Isard and her husband, an economist who had just joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, moved to Drexel Hill. The corner property with seven bedrooms had plenty of room for their large family and a history appropriate for the new owners, who were Quaker civil rights activists.
August 15, 2010
African American Women and Religion By Bettye Collier-Thomas Alfred A. Knopf. 695 pp. $37.50 Reviewed by Marla Frederick Bettye Collier-Thomas' Jesus, Jobs and Justice is a tour de force for the study of women and religion. It navigates within and beyond the walls of institutional religion to delineate the tremendous contributions of African American women of faith to the larger American project. Collier-Thomas, professor of history at Temple University, makes the convincing argument that it was, indeed, the amazing networks of organizations that women developed in the 1920s and '30s that laid the foundation for the success of the civil rights movement.
August 5, 2010
BETHLEHEM - The Eagles and the NFL should just concern themselves with the rehabilitation of Michael Vick as a football player. If that were the case, things would be easy. It simply would be a matter of whether the quarterback could still play. The other stuff - saving his soul, changing his culture, creating an agent of social change - is way beyond their pay grade. Humans have tried for millions of years to bridge the gaps of cultural differences, so that we can better understand and help one another navigate difficult times.
June 7, 2010 |
Phyllis Brown, 84, formerly of Cherry Hill, co-owner of the popular Paperback Forum Cherry Hill Books when the Cherry Hill Mall opened and through the early 1980s, died of emphysema Tuesday, May 25, at her home in Oakland, Calif. For the first 15 years of Ms. Brown's marriage to her ex-husband Stanley Pogran, she focused on raising a family. But they both had envisioned owning a little bookstore one day, their daughter Lynn Kahn said. When the couple heard about Cherry Hill Mall's opening, they jumped at the chance to open a bookstore there.
October 13, 2009 |
Perhaps, by sheer volume or the absence of merit, blogs that allow anyone to publish and cell phones that make photographers of us all ultimately will dull our reactions to the strife that surrounds us. But if that happens, don't blame Harvey Finkle. A documentary photographer whose black-and-white stills are extensively exhibited and published, Finkle records the struggles of individuals in need and the activists who rally on their behalf. At demonstrations where the cause was accessibility for the disabled, justice for the criminally accused, protection for workers, or respect for cultural difference, Finkle, now 75, has stood vigil for more than 30 years on Philadelphia's streets, training his lens on emotions that exceed words.