Religion

Religion

Philadelphia Muslims make a statement with opening of first purpose-built mosque

Ever since 9/11, American Muslims have struggled with whether they should stay under the radar or assert their identity. Despite the discrimination that has risen to the surface since that terrible day, their ranks in the U.S. have grown substantially, and there are twice as many mosques operating today as there were in 2000. Yet the majority of those new sanctuaries have burrowed into existing buildings – former churches, synagogues, movie theaters, and storefronts.

Crime & Courts

First Christian Church of Sedgwick

Curtis and Summer Peters have teenage children who used to attend a youth group at First Christian Church of Sedgwick. The church's pastor, Kevin Berry, was arrested July 13 and charged with aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

Church hopes to update organ built in the 1950s

The Church of the Blessed Sacrament in College Hill is trying to raise money to update its organ that was put in when the church was built in the 1950s. The cost to repair the organ could range from $250,000 to $1,000,000.