churches http://wrvo.org en Learning center teaches English to students from 20 countries http://wrvo.org/post/learning-center-teaches-english-students-20-countries <p>The Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board approved the removal of six wooden and concrete crosses on the outside of Holy Trinity Church which is being renovated into a mosque. But the controversy overshadowed the mission of the North Side Learning Center, which bought the Syracuse property.</p><p>"Salam alaikum everyone! Oh, the classroom is getting packed now!”exclaimed Abdulilah Al-Dubai, one of the founders of the North Side Learning Center. The center has eight classes that teach English to 150 students, who range from age four to 80 and come from more than 20 countries.</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 13:41:08 +0000 Tom Magnarelli 56344 at http://wrvo.org Learning center teaches English to students from 20 countries Church closures become a sign of changing times, demographics http://wrvo.org/post/church-closures-become-sign-changing-times-demographics <p></p><p>Americans are generally thought of as a religious people. But in some areas, church closings are becoming a not uncommon event, as fewer young people join to replace the older generation. That's what happened recently with one Mohawk Valley congregation.</p><p>From the time more than a century ago when two dozen German immigrants turned an old armory in Little Falls into a place of worship, prayer and music have provided comfort and inspiration and peace to the congregation of Christ Lutheran Church.</p><p>Terry Monahan knows the feeling.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:33:30 +0000 David Chanatry 51316 at http://wrvo.org Church closures become a sign of changing times, demographics Closing church auctions not only items, but memories http://wrvo.org/post/closing-church-auctions-not-only-items-memories <p></p><p></p><p>As ringing bells herald this Christmas season, another city church has gone silent. The West Genesee&nbsp; United Methodist Church in Syracuse has closed its doors, and last week it auctioned off its contents.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 15:13:15 +0000 David Chanatry 47989 at http://wrvo.org Closing church auctions not only items, but memories Sacred places symposium draws attention to churches impact on Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/sacred-places-symposium-draws-attention-churches-impact-syracuse <p></p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:38:49 +0000 Tom Magnarelli 47428 at http://wrvo.org Sacred places symposium draws attention to churches impact on Syracuse