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Religion

Don Follis: God loves you and finds you irreplaceable

An out-of-state pastor recently sought my counsel. As we talked about transparency, I asked him how many people really know him. "Hmm. That's a good question," he said. "What do you mean really know?"

"With how many people are you genuinely transparent?"

"Transparent? Genuinely transparent? Geesh."

Religion calendar, May 9, 2014

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Congregation to say farewell to ministers

The congregation of Champaign's Mount Vernon United Methodist Church will be saying goodbye to the Rev. L. Rachel Berry and her husband, the Rev. John Kraps, on May 18. The celebration of their ministry will start at 10:30 a.m., with Berry's final sermon, followed by a potluck lunch and a performance by the church's praise band, including a sing-along of favorite hymns and songs.

The Big Ten with Jeff D'Alessio, May 4, 2014

We asked 10 pastors, priests, monsignors and ministers: Of all the church services you've given, what's the one memory that would make your congregation chuckle on this Sunday morning?

FATHER ROBERT LAMPITT

Chaplain, St. Thomas More, Champaign

Parochial Vicar, St. Matthew Catholic Church

Religion calendar, May 2, 2014

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Don Follis: We should spend more time praying, less time judging

During my very first semester as a campus minister 30 years ago, I met a guy who knew the New Testament extremely well. He had a Ph.D. in New Testament from an Ivy League divinity school. He was a Christian, but he was not convinced that all the New Testament books were historically accurate.

Sikh students host 2nd 'community kitchen' to promote equality, sharing

CHAMPAIGN — The world's fifth-largest religion brings a whole new meaning to the term free lunch.

In a white tent on the University of Illinois campus, members of the UI Sikh Student Association hosted a Langar — a free community lunch — all day Thursday. By late morning, the scent of home-cooked Indian food wafting out of the tent was drawing a crowd.

Churches celebrate Easter

At dawn the first Easter, Jesus' supporters and family, weary from their night vigil, went to look at his tomb, and found it empty, a massive stone rolled away from the door.

Religion calendar, April 18, 2014

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Good Friday services (April 18):

Don Follis: On Palm Sunday, the human cry is always the same

On Palm Sunday, Christians the world over celebrate the grand entry of Jesus into Jerusalem riding on the back of a donkey. Children wave palm branches as they snake through church sanctuaries. Pastors recite the famous words, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord." Thus begins Holy Week.