Religion

Religion

Clergy Corner, Feb. 17, 2017

A few years back, Hoopeston St. Anthony Pastor PATRICK O'NEAL presided over the wedding of two Civil War re-enactors — "complete with hoop skirts for the ladies and authentic reproduction uniforms for the guys," he says. "Yes, they were all Yankees."

Religion calendar, Feb. 17-23, 2017

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Don Follis: Hymns that sustain people with courage, hope

Two weeks ago, my wife and I led a marriage retreat for pastors and church leaders at the Chiara Center in Springfield. The Chiara Center is a ministry of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, an international religious community that followers the in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi.

Clergy Corner, Feb. 10, 2017

A path that started with a stretch as an altar boy at the African Methodist Episcopal Church in his hometown of Cape Girardeau, Mo. — and was interrupted in his 20s by addiction to drinking and drugs — continues today for the Rev. ERVIN WILLIAMS, founder of Champaign's Restoration Urban Ministries.

Religion calendar, Feb. 10-16, 2017

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Since You Asked: World Hijab Day at Champaign Central

TODAY’S ONLINE QUESTION: Why were Champaign Central students allowed to participate in World Hijab Day, but a Centennial teacher was reprimanded for hosting an Ash Wednesday service in her classroom?

It's not an Islam-versus-Christianity issue.

Getting Personal: Bruce Swartz

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 67-year-old Champaign resident Bruce Swartz chats with The News-Gazette's Paul Wood. Swartz has been active with Restoration Urban Ministries, served as a sidekick to comedian Tony Clements and has been official statistician for the Illini football team since 1984.

Where did you grow up?

Uni students march to show Muslims 'they're not alone'

URBANA — University Laboratory High School junior Isandro Malik and his family have never practiced a religion, and he has never set foot inside of a mosque.

But that didn't stop him from joining more than 150 of his classmates, and a few teachers, in a solidarity march to the Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center in Urbana ahead of Friday prayer, called Jum'ah for Muslims.

Religion calendar, Feb. 3-9, 2017

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Clergy Corner, Feb. 3, 2017

This week's column is brought to you by the Book of Proverbs. Chapter 17, Verse 22.