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Who is welcome?

Should it be illegal to offer communion (bread and grape juice) and a fellowship hour (with coffee and pastries) to homeless people?

No, said Violet Little, pastor of The Welcome Church, where the majority of worshipers are homeless men and women. Little and three other faith groups are part of a federal lawsuit claiming that Philadelphia's feeding ban for homeless people violates freedom of speech and religion.

The Welcome Church offers prayer meetings, Bible study, a choir, tea and conversation, employment help and computer classes.


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