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Religion

Don Follis: Praying to the one who will never abandon us

In "A Long Way Home — A Boy's Incredible Journey from India to Australia and Back Again," (Penguin Books, 2013), Saroo Brierley tells the story of how he got separated from his older brother Guddu in a train station in western India when he was just 5.

Clergy Corner, April 7, 2017

Last summer, Imam OUSMANE SAWADOGO and the friendly folks at the Urbana's Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center had members of other faith groups over for a memorable meal to mark the end of Ramadan.

Tonight, Champaign's Sinai Temple returns the favor.

Religion calendar, April 7-13, 2017

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'That education church': Champaign's Bethel AME to mark 154 years

CHAMPAIGN — At the corner of Fourth and Park streets, there's plenty of activity on the property that houses Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Contractors and their trucks hog space, putting the finishing touches on renovations that include expansions to the current building that has been standing since 1959. Saws buzz as a building permit is taped to the front door.

Religion calendar, March 31-April 6, 2017

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Top of the Morning, March 30, 2017

Church news to report? Contact J.J. Lockwood at 217-351-5372 or jlockwoo@news-gazette.com.

There's as much incentive to attend Saturday's annual all-you-can-eat dinner at St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Champaign as there is sausage on the griddle (250 pounds), slices of pie (400) and gallons of tea (24).

But here's another reason: You can order to go.

'Love can overcome fear'

Amid a contentious national debate over immigration and travel bans, a Champaign-Urbana group has quietly taken up the religious mission to “welcome the stranger.”

C-U Friends and Allies of Immigrants and Refugees, a coalition of 27 religious congregations of all faiths and 13 other groups, has started taking in refugee families from Africa and the Middle East.

Don Follis: 'What happens after you die?'

I got surprised one day when my kids were small. We had had become friends with some international students from China. One Saturday, the mother and her second-grade son came to our home so the kids could play. Adults and children both were playing together when the topic of dying came up. I don't remember the context, but the young playmate asked my kids, "What happens after you die?"

Religion calendar, March 24-30, 2017

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Clergy corner, March 24, 2017