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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, […]

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Pope in Philly: One Faith’s Celebration is Another’s Inconvenience

Pope in Philly: One Faith’s Celebration is Another’s Inconvenience

Hugh Taft-Morales didn’t expect this. “I knew it was going to be big,” he said. “It’s well beyond what I thought it was going to be. Clearly, Philadelphia’s got a lot of Catholic tradition and heritage.” Taft-Morales is not Catholic, nor is he from Philadelphia. The leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia, he […]

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The Pope In Philly: “My Spiritual Practice Helps me Figure out Where my Place in the Universe is,” says R. Eric Thomas.

The Pope In Philly: “My Spiritual Practice Helps me Figure out Where my Place in the Universe is,” says R. Eric Thomas.

R. Eric Thomas is the program director at the William Way LGBT Community Center, which is holding a “Celebration of Inclusive Family” on Sept 26 and 27 during the papal visit. Thomas may be new to the center—he’s been there for two months—but he’s already contributing to the cause. When did the idea of the papal celebration […]

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Arts & Entertainment: Thomas Finds Home in First Person Arts

Arts & Entertainment: Thomas Finds Home in First Person Arts

R. Eric Thomas had been living in Philadelphia for about three years, not having found what he had moved here for. Then, one day, something caught his eye. “I just saw an ad in the newspaper,” Thomas said. “I didn’t even know storytelling existed before I became a part of the organization.” The organization Thomas […]