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Religion

Don Follis: Opening the doorway to inner peace

Thirty years ago in the back of a coffee shop where I hung out with my coffee, Bible and journal at 6 a.m., I developed an unexpected relationship with a construction worker nearing retirement. While I'm not sure he ever knew it, he got me thinking about my own emotional well-being in ways that I have been exploring ever since.

Religion calendar, July 3, 2015

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Events

Chicago's archbishop calls for compassion toward gay people

CHICAGO (AP) — Archbishop Blase Cupich of the Archdiocese of Chicago has asked his congregation to be compassionate toward gay people following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last week to legalize gay marriage nationwide.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes set two sports camps

DANVILLE — Area youth can improve their athletic skills and grow in their faith at two new sports camps in Vermilion County this summer.

The Eastern Illinois Fellowship of Christian Athletes will host three-day "power camps" at Danville High School, Aug. 3-5, and at Hoopeston Area High School, Aug. 6-8.

The camps are for incoming fifth- through eighth-graders.

Religion calendar, June 26, 2015

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Vatican sets stage for family debate with working document

NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press

'How do you overcome hatred?'

From the north end of Champaign to houses of worship across South Carolina, religious services carried a similarly somber theme this weekend.

Don Follis: No strikeouts on Father's Day

Without really comprehending it, on Father's Day when I was 11 years old, I experienced one of the outstanding features extolled by the father in the story of the prodigal son — generosity. You know the story found in Luke 15. The son persaudes his father to give him his inheritance early. The boy then promptly blows everything.

Pastors focus on healing in wake of Charleston shooting

When Pastor Charles Nash speaks to his congregation Sunday at the New Hope Church of God in Christ in Champaign's north end, his sermon will be unlike any he's ever given.

"It is time for all of us to pray — like never before," he said Thursday evening, less than 24 hours after the mass murder of nine people who'd gathered for Bible study at a renowned black church in Charleston, S.C.

Unity in sacrifice

URBANA — The Muslim holy month of Ramadan began Wednesday evening at sunset. For the next 27 days, practicing Muslims will fast from dawn to dusk, with no consumption of food or drink — including water.