Religion

Religion

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?"

Clergy corner, March 24, 2017

Religion calendar, March 24-30, 2017

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Today's Special: Pair helping increase C-U's kosher options

CHAMPAIGN — One local restaurant began offering certified kosher food this weekend, and a second eatery is expected to follow suit next month.

A UI Jewish educator from the Orthodox Union Jewish Learning Initiative, Rabbanit Ahava Schachter-Zarembski, and her husband, Rabbi Shlomo Schachter, have been working with the Illini Hillel to create kosher dining options in Champaign-Urbana

Religion calendar, March 17-23, 2017

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Clergy Corner, March 17, 2017

What's that line Wisconsin Bishop William Callahan used to describe Catholic priests and the vow of celibacy?

"He said: 'The priest needs one bride — and like Jesus, that bride is the church,'" says the Rev. JIM HENNING, pastor at Sacred Heart of Farmer City, St. John of Bellflower and St. John the Baptist of Clinton.

Don Follis: Let God give you the gift of forgiveness

Driving along farm fields east of Peoria last week, my mind took me back to when I worked as a teen-age farm hand for a mumbling, short-tempered man. On my last day before starting high school football practice, the man handed me a paycheck and shook my hand. With a wry smile, he said, "Good luck, boy. You're the first kid ever to work for me that I couldn't teach how to do this job."

The Big 10 with Jeff D'Alessio, March 12, 2017

How many lives did the late WILLIE SUMMERVILLE touch as a beloved music teacher and maker?

So many that his celebration of life will be a three-day affair — a public viewing Wednesday at Urbana High's gym, a concert Thursday at Mount Olive Baptist and a service Friday at The Vineyard.

We asked 33 of those fortunate enough to have known him for their favorite Willie T. memory.