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Published: Mon, 11 Apr 2016 10:05:13 GMT

Last Build Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2016 10:05:13 GMT

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Why Pennsylvania Dutch language is still thriving

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 10:01:52 GMT

At one time in the Lehigh Valley, many people spoke the Pennsylvania Dutch dialect. There were sections of the paper devoted to the dialect, and speakers gathered at Versommlings and Grundsau Lodsch to speak and sing in dialect.

Today there are still groups in the region dedicated to preserving...




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Faith and Values: The Golden Rule is a standard of many faiths

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 23:36:00 GMT

In a March "Faith and Values" column, Fatima Kermalli thanks those supporting the Muslim community in this time when anti-Muslim sentiment regrettably is high. In return, I would like to thank her for bringing to my attention a quotation of the Prophet Mohammed — "There are as many paths to God...




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Theater: Sing for America presents 'Godspell' under big top

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 17:22:46 GMT

Under a red and white striped big top tent on the grounds of Christ Lutheran Church in Hellertown, a small band of actors will perform a series of parables and songs with messages of kindness, love and tolerance.

"Godspell," opening Wednesday, will be the 13th production for Sing for America, made...




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Faith and Values: Act quickly, humbly to correct 'bad blood'

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 22:18:05 GMT

We are beginning a new series of messages on Sunday at my church entitled "Bad Blood." In this series we are addressing how our relationships can become infected with bad blood. Let's be honest, we all have had or currently have some kind of relationship in our life that unfortunately would be...




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For one day only, Bethlehem will let public view its original deed

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 19:15:36 GMT

Thomas Riddle came to the Lehigh Valley in the 1970s as a football recruit for Lafayette College.

Raised in western Pennsylvania, the newcomer met his future wife here and they decided to stay in Bethlehem, where he earned a master's degree in business administration and later raised a family....




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Church preservation battles heat up in Pennsylvania

Sun, 27 Mar 2016 15:13:57 GMT

PHILADELPHIA — It's not a match made in heaven: Religious institutions and preservation groups are repeatedly clashing in Pennsylvania over what to do with unneeded or crumbling churches of historic significance, even as experts say the trend nationally has been toward greater collaboration.

Church...




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Sunday Go Pick: Jewish & Israeli film series kicks off

Sun, 27 Mar 2016 03:05:00 GMT

The Jewish & Israeli Film Series of the Allentown Jewish Community Center kicks off Sunday, March 27, with an Israeli Academy Award nominee that explores a difficult subject with a sense of humor.

"The Farewell Party" tells the story of a group of friends at a Jerusalem retirement home who decide...




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Faith and Values: Spring is the season of redemption

Fri, 25 Mar 2016 22:17:59 GMT

I recently saw a cartoon of a caterpillar with a beautiful monarch butterfly flying above its head. The caption in the bubble attached to the caterpillar's mouth reads, "You're never going to get me up in one of those things."

The cartoon speaks volumes about the human condition. Living in our present...




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A chilly St. Patrick's Parade in Allentown

Mon, 21 Mar 2016 00:30:00 GMT

The wearing of the green included pink noses and rosy cheeks as the crowds braved chilly temperatures Sunday afternoon for the 59th Annual Allentown St. Patrick's Parade.

Although the nor'easter that had been forecast for the weekend was a no-show, crowds still huddled beneath heat lamps up and...




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Faith and Values: Words can tear down and destroy

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 22:32:11 GMT

Religion scholars often point out that in the Hebrew Bible, the legal tradition focused attention on danger areas in human life. Commandments deal with such things as money and sexuality — clearly danger areas — but the worries expressed in the various instructions for good behavior extend also...




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Paska bread, an Easter tradition, is made by Catasauqua church

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 22:05:12 GMT

The folks at Holy Trinity Orthodox Catholic Church in Catasauqua make a lot of dough with their annual paska bread sale.

More than 200 loaves of bread worth.

The church in North Catasauqua has been carrying on the yearly Easter tradition of making paska bread for a long time, even if it was simply...




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Catholic church's secret archives key to exposing sex abuse scandal

Sun, 13 Mar 2016 03:29:00 GMT

Huddled in a law office on Hamilton Street, the district attorneys of the five counties in the Allentown Catholic Diocese spent days poring over files that detailed nearly two dozen allegations that priests had sexually abused children over several decades.

That unprecedented step came in May 2002...




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COMING SUNDAY: Should the Catholic Church's secret archives be opened for all to see?

Sat, 12 Mar 2016 08:00:00 GMT

In an office on Hamilton Street in 2002, the district attorneys of the five counties in the Allentown Catholic Diocese pored over files that contained allegations of sexual abuse by a number of priests. The files came from a secret archive that church law requires every diocese keep. Stored under...




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Faith and Values: Show of support for Muslims is appreciated

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 23:44:00 GMT

Thank you. Thank you for your support. As a Muslim living in a period when Islamaphobia is on the rise along with enmity, based on ignorance, toward Islam and Muslims, which is increasing across the nation, and around the world, it is truly very welcoming and comforting to find support from different...




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Faith and Values: Don't expect a reward for doing the right thing

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 22:34:00 GMT

As a teen I rode my bicycle everywhere and one summer's day I spied a bulging wallet in a ditch along a rural route.

The wallet contained more than one hundred dollars in cash, as well as important identification cards. I pedaled to a nearby friend's home and phoned the police. As we waited for...




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Faith and Values: People of faith should work to overcome evil with good

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 23:06:00 GMT

In his apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis describes an absence of collective responsibility and engagement in our society. The chapter entitled "Amid the Crisis of Communal Commitment" addresses this void and serves as a call for Christians to think as a community and move together...




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Faith and Values: Positive thoughts can bring joy, love, peace

Fri, 19 Feb 2016 23:55:00 GMT

Is your life a positive flow of good, or do you seem to attract the negative here and there? Is it possible to stem the flow of problems and, therefore, to improve our life experience? The answer is a hearty YES! We can control our lives to a very great degree.

We can cling to negative thoughts,...




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Faith and Values: Defining what make something 'good' can be tricky

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 21:02:00 GMT

I've moved. I'm in residence near Bayou Teche in Louisiana. I'm good!

That's a very pliant term – good. We have good friends, good families, like good teams and good deals. Good weather appeals to us and will say good riddance to those glacial mounds left by the recent storm. It's good to be in...




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Trexlertown fire company carries on Fastnacht-making tradition

Sat, 06 Feb 2016 21:00:00 GMT

TREXLERTOWN — At midnight, it was time to make the fastnachts in Trexlertown.

With 30 people on each six-hour shift, families and friends of the Goodwill Fire Company packed the firehouse Saturday to make the Pennsylvania Dutch treat for its annual fundraiser. They manned boiling pots of cubed...




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Faith and Values: The difference between forgiveness and reconciliation

Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:46:00 GMT

"I forgive him. I just don't want anything to do with him any more!"

What should we do when we feel obligated to forgive but too deeply hurt to restore a relationship with the one who hurt us?

Sometimes people feel this way because they don't understand the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation....




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