Says Salem Baptist Church Pastor Claude Shelby: “I’ve never felt that I have done all I’m supposed to do as a minister, and I know that some have the notion of a given age for retirement. However, I’ve decided to continue on as long as the Lord gives me strength.”
Construction work inside the temple at 3104 Windsor Road, C got underway in February, with a goal of completing the renovation project by late August or early September, said Rabbi Alan Cook.
There may be a new normal coming, but there is no longer any going back to normal. The pre-pandemic days are over.
Leasing is under way for a new University of Illinois-affiliated Jewish student housing opportunity opening this fall.
We’re happy to report that Immanuel Lutheran — and many other area churches — are celebrating Easter in-person.
“It’s an exciting and momentous occasion to say that we have overcome the obstacle that was in our way,”says Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist's Keith Thomas. “It’s akin to David slaying the giant.”
A few days after my dad turned 64, my mom called me from the bank where she worked. “Dad got let go this morning,” she said. “He came into the bank a few minutes ago to tell me. His face was ashen. I thought Grandma had died.”
“A single line from the family archivist, who lives in Israel — ‘I know of no European survivors of the Holocaust in our family’ — haunts me as I think of all the paths not taken and where they would have led," says Brett Ashley Kaplan, director of the UI's Initiative in Holocaust, Genocide, Memory Studies.
Four local church pastors and Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike will talk to the community and answer questions about COVID-19 vaccination in a virtual town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Friday.
"I do think Dr. King and the dream are still relevant. It’s going to take all of us — every color, every ethnicity, every economic status — to sit at the table and come up with what the dream looks like."
With the coldest months of winter on the way, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign will be giving away half its Christmas Eve offering to help ease the misery of utility shut-offs.
RANTOUL — Several local churches are offering free internet to students who don’t have access to it for their remote studies during the pandemic.
With COVID-19 cases skyrocketing — and with Advent around the bend — many churches are going back to exclusively remote services. This much is for sure: the holiday season will be decidedly different.
The Rule of St. Benedict has become my good friend during this COVID-19 pandemic. Benedict’s Rule contains 37 guidelines for how to live a full life. Benedict’s wisdom has helped calm my fears. I’d highly recommend John McQuiston’s “Always We Begin Again,” a small paperback with a beautiful …
RANTOUL — One person called Sister Sara Koch Rantoul’s “encourager-in-chief.” Known for calling and visiting people in nursing homes and those too ill to leave their homes, she made it a point of keeping in touch.
The Rev. Sally Fritsche, who began at the church Sept. 1 as associate minister for congregational life, is the first supporting minister to be brought on board in the Urbana church’s 160-year history.
C-U Day of Prayer will be an hour-long, non-denominational and non-political hour of public prayer held from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday in the Lincoln Square parking lot, in the area where the weekly farmer’s market is held.
A few years ago, I helped my mom sort through all the final burial expenses following my dad’s death. They included the cost of having his body flown from Sioux Falls, S.D., to Denver, and having a funeral director make a 500-mile round trip to pick up his body. Mom had two words when she co…
Michael Stoerger grew up on a farm in Sadorus, got an agricultural economics degree from the University of Illinois and worked in the fertilizer and chemicals business for a decade.
Right after most things shut down in March because of COVID-19, I read John Kelly’s “The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time.” Kelly traces how the black death spread across Europe from 1347 to 1353, indiscriminately taking the liv…
'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.'
Talking leadership with the future head of a diocese with about 150,000 Catholics in 26 counties, including Champaign, DeWitt, Piatt and Vermilion.