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Religion

Local pastor attends ecological conference

Amy Thoren, pastor and director of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church and Campus Center in Champaign, recently attended an ecological conference in New York City, which featured former Vice President Al Gore and his daughter, Karenna.

Religion calendar, Aug. 5-11, 2016

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Little Lamb gears up for school year

CHAMPAIGN — Little Lamb Preschool is getting ready for a new school year — a sidewalk path for tricycles has been put in and now the fencing is going up as part of a new playground.

Head teacher Stephanie Middendorf said Little Lamb has moved into a new classroom in St. John Lutheran School, 509 S. Mattis Ave., C.

Rantoul, Urbana parishes' pending merger already filling pews

RANTOUL — Pastor Wesley Miller can't say why his church is so popular all of a sudden. But for whatever reason, people suddenly feel at home there.

Miller was hired three years ago by the Rantoul Christian Church "with the idea that the church kind of needed to be reborn," he said.

Don Follis: Rushing waters bring forth praise

Sitting on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls and watching the water cascade over "Horseshoe Falls," I uttered one of my regularly offered prayers — "Wow!" The guy to my right with both hands on the rail in front of him must have been praying the same prayer. "Wow," he exclaimed, just seconds following mine.

Call to action: Bell gifted to church

MAHOMET — The gawkers began to gather on Dunbar Street just after 10 a.m. Tuesday, eyes (and cellphone cameras) trained on the sky.

Clergy Corner: Spotlighting area religious leaders — both on the pulpit and off it

A new weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders — both on the pulpit and off it

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Brent Budd, First Christian Church of Arcola

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Religion calendar, July 22-29, 2016

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Don Follis: Always being nice in church has its limits

I grew up in a nice family — a very nice family. My dad and mom genuinely were two of the nicest people you'd ever hope to meet. You would like them. But being nice undeniably had its flat side. In fact, in my dad and mom's view, conflict — generally speaking — was sin. To them, conflict normally demonstrated that people were falling from the straight and narrow.