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Allegheny West: Mentorship Program Aims To Empower Youth

Allegheny West: Mentorship Program Aims To Empower Youth

Young adults gathered at Berean Baptist Church last month to take part in a mentorship program. What started out with singing “This Little Light of Mine” and general announcements turned into a night of group activities where members worked alongside mentors to create a scrapbook. Program members, ages 6-18, meet on the first and third Friday […]

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Allegheny West: A Pastor’s Devotion to Youth Empowerment

Allegheny West: A Pastor’s Devotion to Youth Empowerment

Rev. Maria Lewis has devoted her life to the church and her community through youth empowerment, most recently  as the pastor of youth and young adults at the Berean Baptist Church in Allegheny West. Her leadership and energy has been instrumental in the empowerment of the Berean congregation and the Allegheny West community. As a minister, […]

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Olde Kensington: Imam Aims To Build Stronger Ties Within The Community

Olde Kensington: Imam Aims To Build Stronger Ties Within The Community

Mohamed Shehata, an imam at Al-Aqsa Islamic Society, was born and raised in Egypt. An imam at a mosque typically leads prayer and leads the mosque. Shehata came into the Philadelphia community in 2001 after accepting the offer of leading the Al-Aqsa Islamic Society community. Since then, he has worked on building better relationships between Muslims and […]

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Amateur Sports: Nonprofits Help Homeless Beyond Athletics

Amateur Sports: Nonprofits Help Homeless Beyond Athletics

Street Soccer USA On any given night in the United States, there are approximately 564,708 people who are counted as homeless. On any given night in this country, there are also 39,907 unaccompanied youth between the ages of 18-24. As of 2014, at a local level, between 30 and 40 percent of Philadelphia’s youth live […]

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Center City: Life Through the Lens of an Out Pastor

Center City: Life Through the Lens of an Out Pastor

Inside an Oregon storage unit a few days after their engagement in July, R. Eric Thomas learned something about his fiancé, Rev. David Norse (above), through some old photographs. “We both realized that we were pretty lonely teenagers,” Thomas said. “That is what it is, but I got to see parts of him that I recognized as […]

 

Center City: ‘Come as You are’ at Broad Street Ministry

Center City: ‘Come as You are’ at Broad Street Ministry

When Broad Street Ministry opened in 2005, the staff realized quickly the church had to be different. “We knew right away this needed to be a church for this zip code,” said Rev. Andy Greenhow, minister of stewardship, congregational partnership and belonging. “That has to incorporate three blocks from City Hall. That has to incorporate, too, […]

 

Logan Square: Philadelphia’s Mormon Temple Expected to be Completed by Summer 2016

Logan Square: Philadelphia’s Mormon Temple Expected to be Completed by Summer 2016

It has been nearly three years since The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began constructing its Philadelphia temple (above). Standing tall on Vine Street, between 17th and 18th streets, there are only a few more additions needed before it is open to the public next summer. However, the temple is only one of three […]

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Center City: Valuing the Individual at the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia

Center City: Valuing the Individual at the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia

For Hugh Taft-Morales (above), the closest he came to a religious experience was “Star Trek.” Taft-Morales, the leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia, grew up in an intellectual home with his father a scientist. He attended an Episcopal church for four years. “I was sent there to get musical training, to develop my ear […]

 

Olney: Music School Serves as Cultural Beacon for Residents

Olney: Music School Serves as Cultural Beacon for Residents

Situated on the crowded commercial blocks of Olney dwells one of the last bastions of music education in the community. The Gibson School of Music and Arts seeks to preserve musical tradition in the community through inspiring its youth by teaching them the value of the creative arts. This year marks the institution’s 20th anniversary. According […]

 

Center City: Freedom Church Keeps Their Young Crowd Engaged

Center City: Freedom Church Keeps Their Young Crowd Engaged

Walking by the Prince Theater at 9 a.m. on a Sunday and you will wonder, “What are all those lights doing on so early?” That’s because Freedom Church is preparing for their weekly Sunday morning worship at 9:30 a.m. Rather than a formal church building, this parish uses the performing arts theater for its service, along with […]