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Bill on Bible colleges fails in Senate committee

SPRINGFIELD — Legislation that would have permitted a religious institution to grant degrees without approval by the Illinois Board of Higher Education failed in the Senate Higher Education Committee.

The measure, SB 1609, was rejected, 7-3, on a party-line vote.

Religion calendar, March 20, 2015

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Updated: No punishment for Ash Wednesday incident

CHAMPAIGN — The choir teacher involved in the Ash Wednesday incident at Centennial High School last month will not be reprimanded for her role in the event.

Rantoul church to open twice-monthly food pantry

RANTOUL — A second food pantry will open in Rantoul.

Grace and Truth Church, 1281 Eater Drive, will begin offering food to low-income families twice a month.

The pantry will be open from 10 a.m. to noon the second Saturday of the month and 3 to 5 p.m. the fourth Saturday of the month.

Eligible for food will be residents of Rantoul, Fisher, Ludlow and Thomasboro.

Don Follis: There is no rest on the journey until we find our rest in God

In Christianity Today's March "Leadership Journal," Pastor Dave Ferguson from Community Christian Church in Naperville describes watching people move toward faith through five observable "patterns of awakening."

Religion calendar, March 13, 2015

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Religion calendar, March 6, 2015

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Don Follis: We mortals do well to keep confessing sins during Lent

On Ash Wednesday, I received ashes placed on my forehead by Pastor Chuck Carlson at the First Presbyterian Church in Champaign. In the candle-lit sanctuary, he placed the ashes on my forehead in the form of a cross as he recited these words of Jesus: "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."

He asked me, "Is there anything for which you would like prayer?"

Religion calendar, Feb. 27, 2015

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Speakers support teacher in Ash Wednesday event

CHAMPAIGN — Seven community members of different religious backgrounds addressed the Unit 4 school board Monday night, and several others sat in support of a Centennial High School teacher who is currently being investigated for helping accommodate students with an Ash Wednesday ceremony at the school last week.