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A year after denomination accepted gay clergy, some local Lutheran churches appear to be leaving

The face of Lutheranism in East Central Illinois will change this fall.

Three small-town congregations that have been part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – the largest Lutheran denomination in the U.S. – for 22 years are switching affiliations.

The dispute pits orthodox, or traditional, ministry against progressive changes.


ELCA seeing decrease in income since decision on homosexuals

Individual Lutherans may be informally "voting" against their current denomination with their checkbooks.

Last November, the national Evangelical Lutheran Church in America church council, or board of directors, had to cut spending by nearly $7.7 million and eliminate the equivalent of 40 full-time jobs.


Lutherans have history of offshoots

The Lutheran faith is the oldest Protestant denomination.

A monk named Martin Luther, who never intended to start a new faith, has been considered the founder ever since he protested the Roman Catholic sale of indulgences – the removal of temporal punishment for sins – in 1517.


Professor in talks to return to Newman Center

CHAMPAIGN – An adjunct professor who got his job back with the University of Illinois last week may also be returning to the Newman Center.


Urbana High graduate spends five months absorbing Egyptian culture

URBANA – Cody Bralts, who recently turned 18, can't remember a time when the Mideast didn't dominate U.S. politics.

So when he applied for a scholarship from the National Security Language Initiative for Youth, he designated Egypt as his first choice.

And that's what he got.


UI offers Kenneth Howell teaching job again

CHAMPAIGN – Kenneth Howell has been offered his job back teaching Catholicism, but from now on the University of Illinois will pay his salary, the UI said Thursday.

He has until Aug. 6 to respond.


UI offers to rehire Catholicism prof, ends funding from Newman Center

Kenneth Howell has been offered his job back teaching Catholicism, but from now on the University of Illinois will pay his salary, the UI said Thursday.
He has until Aug. 6 to respond.


The long path of Ken Howell, instructor who lost UI position

CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois scholar who lost his job over his exposition of Catholic teachings has walked a winding path that includes a decades-long conversion, leaving other positions, including one as a Presbyterian minister, and facing down an armed man who shot at him five times.


Danville's Holy Family School begins final year before Catholic academy opens

DANVILLE – Though most students were still enjoying their summer break on Wednesday, fourth-grader Jonathan Gilbreath was back at Holy Family School.


Despite letter from UI, religion instructor doesn't expect to teach this fall

URBANA – A letter from the University of Illinois says controversial Professor Kenneth Howell could be back in the classroom this fall, pending a review by a faculty senate committee.

But Howell said that's not what he's been told.