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At the same time, redevelopment of churches without demolition has been fruitful.
According to a report by the Pew Charitable Trusts, nearly 80 of Philadelphia’s sacred places have been adapted for other uses, including apartments and condos. “I wish there was a more thoughtful way this could be done.” But, he continued, “we have lost so many churches in South Philadelphia, and this is a distinctive building.
Jeremiah Wright, the African American minister from Chicago's Trinity Church, had denounced the United States with inflammatory language: "God damn America! While many white voters seemed surprised, puzzled and shocked by Wright's angry rhetoric, African Americans were less so.
" Wright's most famous parishioner was the leading Democratic contender for the presidential nomination, Barack Obama. Obama seized the moment to deliver a profound meditation on race in America, a speech titled "A More Perfect Union." Tracing the deep historical roots of racial inequality and injustice, Obama put Wright's anger into historical context.
Feibush’s decision, which came on the heels of a 5-4 vote by the commission, means the chapel and the associated buildings at 1024 Christian St.
“This is taking equity from this African-American congregation.” Hill said the church planned to appeal the case through the Court of Common Pleas.
She produced and wrote From Jesus to Christ, the First Christians, a four-hour FRONTLINE series that premiered in 1998.
Additional credits include Vietnam: A Television History, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, Castro’s Challenge, The Kennedys, Nixon and Julia! In the fall of 2008, newspapers, talk shows and blogs exploded with news that the Rev.
Hicks had hoped to sell the church and use the funds to expand its ministry and move to a new location.
Now, however, with the building listed as historic, the church’s plans are in flux.
But this time, it will have to be one looking toward renovation — and not demolition.