Religion

Religion

Local mosque denounces Paris terrorist attack

URBANA — The Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center has issued a condemnation of the recent terrorist attack that killed 12 people, including eight journalists and two police officers, at a French satirical publication.

Pastor hopes new church transforms North End from 'notorious' to 'glorious'

CHAMPAIGN — The new Church of the Living God in Champaign shines like the sun, but inside there's work to be done.

A lot of work, according to the church's pastor, Bishop Lloyd Gwin.

It's his prayer that the new building will be ready for worshipers sometime in 2015.

Inside the gleaming structure, workers are installing drywall, insulation and electrical systems.

Don Follis: Mastering the art of listening

At my birthday party in late December someone described me as a good listener. Talk about music to my ears. To this day, I cringe when I think about my early days in the ministry. I was more of an answer man than a listener. I seemed to have a Bible verse for everything. But of course people with the right answers often are terrible listeners.

Religion calendar, Jan. 2, 2015

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12 stories of Christmas: Nun traded fisticuffs for happy habit

CHAMPAIGN — Sister Maryann Schaefer was dressed modestly in a simple gray habit and fleece vest, hands folded on her lap. Though the short, gray-haired nun now has a reputation around St. John's Catholic Newman Center for being especially kind and affectionate toward others, she once used her hands to hurt.

Don Follis: Giving gifts to our enemies is the right thing to do

One of the first heart-to-heart discussions I remember having with my mother centered on forgiveness. It happened between Thanksgiving and Christmas when I was in the fourth grade when the teacher, Miss Karnes, chose me to be the only one in the class to go with her during lunch period to pick out a Christmas tree for the class. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Religion calendar, Dec. 19, 2014

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Don Follis: This is not the Nativity scene you grew up with

Without realizing it, 20 years ago I found a house for some friends to rent that just happens to be on Candlestick Lane in Urbana, very near the intersection of East Fairlawn Drive and Grant Place. Each December, 30 or 40 residents in this area lavishly decorate the outside of their homes for holiday viewing.

12 stories of Christmas, Day 1

CHAMPAIGN — When Beth Wendling sold a handful of her books online, she was just looking to get rid of some household clutter.

Then she got a life-changing idea: Why not try to sell a whole bunch of used books to raise money to help orphans and other vulnerable kids?

Religion calendar, Dec. 12, 2014

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