In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, staff writer Tim Mitchell looks at the 28th CROP Walk for Hunger, which steps off at 2 p.m. Oct. 13 outside Wesley United Methodist Church in Urbana.

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In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, staff writer Tim Mitchell chats with the Rev. Clyde Snyder, who serves as chairman of the board for the food pantry at Urbana's Wesley United Methodist and pastor of Allerton United Methodist.

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In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, staff writer Tim Mitchell chats with the Rev. Ethan Durst, associate pastor of Faith Church in Urbana.

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In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, staff writer Tim Mitchell chats with the Rev. Kyle Lucas, a former University of Illinois student who is the new assistant chaplain at St. John's Catholic Newman Center on campus.

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In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, staff writer Tim Mitchell chats with the Rev. Larry Lewis, pastor of Champaign's Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, who is set to retire at the end of the month.

After spending time with my mom in Wichita, Kan., last month, I drove 300 miles to my northwestern Kansas birthplace to take care of some personal business, including visiting the graves of relatives at the Hoxie, Kan., cemetery. On the hot afternoon I drove into Hoxie, where I spent my firs…

In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, staff writer Tim Mitchell chats with Pastor Randall Robinson of St. James United Methodist Church in Danville, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary on Sept. 22.

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For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Kraemer, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 15 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, call 217-359-6500.

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In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, staff writer Tim Mitchell chats with the Rev. Gary Gritton, who is marking 40 years as pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Urbana.

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As recently as three years ago, the REV. MATT BAHNFLETH wouldn’t have dared do something as strenuous as mountain climbing.

DANVILLE — For 44 years, Trinity and Immanuel Lutheran churches in Danville supported and operated a parochial school, serving K-8, and later pre-K, students.

The first street-basketball event five years ago on Hedge Road in Champaign saw eight kids attend. Today, it draws dozens, with three courts for elementary, middle and high school players.

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In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, staff writer Tim Mitchell chats with the Rev. SEAN FERRELL, rector of the Chapel of St. John the Divine on the UI campus, about his recent pilgrimage to Europe complete the 550-mile Camino de Santiago de Compostela by foot.