Religion

Religion

Don Follis: In the end, trust is all a pastor really has

Every month I receive calls from pastors trying to figure out how to best relate to church leaders. This shocks you, I realize. This week a call came from a pastor puzzled at his perception of the indecisiveness of the church leaders at a recent board meeting.

Clergy Corner, Sept. 8, 2017

This just in from the Public Religion Research Institute: Only 43 percent of Americans now identify as white and Christian (down from 81 percent in 1976) while the country's non-Christian religions still represent less than one in 10 Americans combined (Jewish Americans make up 2 percent of the public; Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus represent only 1 percent each).

Religion calendar, Sept. 8-14, 2017

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Entertainment listings, Sept. 7-14, 2017

EVENTS

This weekend

17TH INTERTRIBAL POWWOW

What:Dancing, food, native crafts and jewelry, corn maze, children's activities, and a chance to visit the bison herd.

When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 9 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 10.

Ministry hopes to have new venture in place in November

URBANA — If a fundraising campaign goes as well as Executive Director Nathan Montgomery hopes, Salt and Light Ministries could move into its second location in November.

The Champaign-based non-profit plans to increase its space by nearly seven times when it opens at the old County Market on Philo Road in Urbana.

Clergy Corner, Sept. 1, 2017

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Tell someone who doesn't go to Champaign's Copper Creek Church that you spent your summer vacation in a part of Africa with no cell service and spotty power, and the conversation quickly careens into something like this:

Religion calendar, Sept. 1-7, 2017

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Entertainment listings, Aug. 31-Sept. 7, 2017

EVENTS

This weekend

THE 74TH ANNUAL NATIONAL SWEETCORN FESTIVAL

What: Presented by Hoopeston Jaycees. National Sweetheart Pageant, midway, beer tent, flea market, display area, car show, 5K, truck and tractor pull, demo derby, contests, entertainment including Jo Dee Messina with Forgotten Highway at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2, and more.

Don Follis: Pass along what you wish older people had told you

Every day on my summer bike ride, I rode through a Scottsdale, Ariz., cemetery next to the condo I rented during my summer study break. One morning just outside the cemetery office, 10 concrete burial vaults sat next to the building. That seemed odd, until the next day when 10 white hearses pulled into the graveyard and parked alongside 10 newly dug graves.

Look ahead: Top picks from Melissa Merli for the week to come

Krannert Art Museum's Opening Night

Krannert Art Museum's Opening Night from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday will include a public reception to celebrate the exhibitions, with a welcome by Allyson Purpura and Prita Meier, curators of "World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean," which will travel to the Smithsonian and UCLA and has been a few years in the making.