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.
Cleaning out my office this week, I found letters I wrote to my wife before we were married, more than 40 years ago.
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.
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.”
In the years leading up to his 85th birthday, Don Ehlers decided to slow things down. Now, he preaches a sermon twice a month in the tiny, unincorporated town of Osman, where around 60 people from the surrounding towns come to the church.
Joel Quintas, a deacon at Iglesias El Shaddai, a Christian Pentecostal church in Champaign, died Saturday at age 38 after struggling for more than a month with the disease.
With a shelter-in-place order in effect the last 12 weeks, I got a jump on some of the books that would have been pushed to my summer reading list. Here are a few that have jumped to the fore.
To reopen or not reopen: That’s the question facing faith leaders across the area as the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to decline. Here’s a sampling of how local houses of worship are handling a delicate decision, courtesy Editor JEFF D’ALESSIO.
The moment many local faith leaders and congregants alike have all been waiting weeks for is either here or near — worship services face to face, not streamed on Facebook Live.
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…