'The truth is that no matter how many Bible verses I quote, how many great books I read and post, how morally excellent I am, what degrees I hold, or any other trait that is 'successful,' none of that can shield me from the perceived tragedy of being Black.'

Having served in the ministry in the Champaign-Urbana area for more than 40 years, I know that the ministry is not for the faint of heart. Still, sometimes I look back on my early days of campus ministry at the University of Illinois and say, “Ah, the good old days.”

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Of all the riveting scenes from Monday’s peaceful, purposeful protest that spanned Urbana and Champaign, the site of 89-year-old Rev. Claude Shelby marching alongside his much younger peers might top them all.

The pastor at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Arcola and Forty Martyrs in Tuscola who is marking 40 years in the priesthood with his first-ever live-streamed service this Sunday caught up with staff writer Alexandria Kobryn.

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. RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administe…

Does the right of the exercise of religion under the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment allow one to disregard Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s emergency orders on public gatherings?

Three Hierarchs Greek Orthodox Church is helping its parishioners and the most vulnerable at the same time, ordering 25 meals a day three or four times a week from Merry Ann's and Sam's Cafe, owned by members Katie Pomonis and Sam Issa, and delivering them to CU at Home, Christie Clinic, Carle Foundation Hospital and the local blood bank.

U.S. Judge John Lee’s decision sheds some light on the legal back-and-forth now underway in connection with J.B. Pritzker's three lockdown orders that have dramatically restricted citizen and business freedoms and wrecked the state’s economy.

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way faithful Muslims will practice and worship during Ramadan, their special month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community, which began at dawn today.

Four times since mid-November I have driven to Whitewater, Kan., just north of Wichita. I went to see my mom. Her health is rapidly declining. I had hoped to return during Holy Week, but because of COVID-19, care facilities everywhere are on strict lockdown, including the Mennonite Wheat Sta…

We reached out to 100-plus houses of worship this week to find out how things would be different (and collect masked selfies). Here’s some of what we discovered.

Unit 4 delivered meals to around 700 students, and the rest drove up to Garden Hills Academy, Jefferson Middle School and Booker T. Washington STEM Academy to collect breakfast and lunch for the week. The number of pickups wound up doubling the administration’s expectations.

Out in the Protestant church in the High Plains of Northwestern Kansas where I was raised, I don’t remember ever hearing the word Lent. When I went off to college, though, I discovered Lent by taking a small risk that I never have regretted.

In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, staff writer Alexandria Kobryn talks with Jordan and Kristen Simmons, pastors and hosts of the new Move x New Generation mobile ministry.

In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, Editor Jeff D'Alessio talks with local pastors about the most unique blessings they've been asked to perform.

In our weekly feature spotlighting area religious leaders, staff writer Alexandria Kobryn talks with Michael DeLeon, founder of Steered Straight Inc., who will bring his 'Vaping Me Crazy' presentation on youth e-cigarette and vaping prevention to 10 area schools next week.