Religion

Illinois Disciples Foundation offering grants for social justice work

CHAMPAIGN – Flush with money from the sale of its old building, the Illinois Disciples Foundation decided to spread the wealth.

The organization will award grants of up to $50,000 to nonprofit groups in Champaign County that work toward social justice, with priority given to health care, education, economic justice and peace/anti-war efforts.


English filmmaker's recruiting effort upsets Amish

ARTHUR – A British filmmaker visiting Arthur to recruit Amish teens and young adults for a film is not getting a warm welcome from the Amish community.

In fact, some of the leaders in the Amish community have suggested he leave town.


Westville Catholic school to remain open through 2009-10

WESTVILLE – When 12-year-old Morgan Wright heard that St. Mary's School might close this year, she told her parents she wouldn't attend seventh grade anywhere else.

Tara Wright said her daughter, a sixth-grader, and son Garett, a second-grader, have gone to St. Mary's since they were in the 3-year-old preschool program.


With trip canceled, volunteers lend a hand locally

Quick action by a Mahomet contractor kept his church's spring work trip from being canceled and also benefited an Urbana rehabilitation center.


Diocese considers closing St. Mary's in Westville

WESTVILLE – Community members are holding out hope that St. Mary's School, Westville's longtime Catholic school, will continue to educate young people as it has for many decades.

But Brother William Dygert, superintendent of schools in the Peoria Diocese, said on Wednesday that St. Mary's School is being considered for closure, referring more specific questions to the local parish priest, the Rev. Timothy Sauppe, who was out of town Wednesday and could not be reached for comment.


Contents sold as parish in Pesotum closes

PESOTUM – Ray Hawkins clutched a portable heater and a stack of faded towels as he left the rectory of St. Joseph Church for the last time on Thursday.

His wife, Margaret, reminisced about regularly visiting the house to eat meals with nuns who lived there and taught next door at St. Joseph School in the 1930s.


Believers draw hope from gathering at West Side Park

CHAMPAIGN – Like most Americans during these uncertain economic times, cartoonist-musician Dave King is "just up for everything getting better."

So on Thursday evening he joined 40 people in the Circle of Hope at West Side Park in Champaign, holding hands and verbally expressing hope for prosperity for everyone in Champaign County.


Campus interfaith groups plan dinner

CHAMPAIGN – Six campus religion groups will sponsor a dinner Thursday to discuss and honor people who promote peace.

A Student Interfaith Dinner, with the theme "Heroes of Peace," will be at the Cohen Center for Jewish Life, 503 E. John St., C, starting with a reception at 6:30 p.m. Short presentations from each of the groups, on people who have made contributions to world peace, will start at 7 p.m. The dinner and discussion are from 7:45 to 8:30 p.m.


UI interfaith campus groups schedule dinner Thursday

CHAMPAIGN – Six campus religion groups will sponsor a dinner Thursday to discuss and honor people who promote peace.

A Student Interfaith Dinner, with the theme "Heroes of Peace," will be at the Cohen Center for Jewish Life, 503 E. John St., C, starting with a reception at 6:30 p.m. Short presentations from each of the groups, on people who have made contributions to world peace, will start at 7 p.m. The dinner and discussion are from 7:45 to 8:30 p.m.


School of Metaphysics project aims to gather good thoughts

CHAMPAIGN – A project to raise the hopes and expectations of people in Champaign County is being organized by the School of Metaphysics.

"The Power of Thought/The Power of the Mustard Seed" project plans to gather people in Champaign's West Side Park at 6 p.m. March 19 and April 21.


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