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  • Local clergy hand out condoms at Aurora Hobby Lobby store Jul 3, 2014 8:16 AM
    A group of local clergy and representatives from Planned Parenthood handed out condoms Wednesday at a Hobby Lobby store in Aurora in response to this week's Supreme Court ruling that the company is exempt from a federal birth control mandate due to religious beliefs. “You can make the religious freedom argument, you can make the argument about contraception, but ultimately, for me, this is about power," said Rev. Mark Winters of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Naperville. “Jesus had a lot of issue with powerful people using power over the powerless.”

  • U.S. Supreme Court grants Wheaton College relief from contraceptive mandate Jul 1, 2014 12:18 PM
    On the same day it ruled Hobby Lobby could hold religious views under federal law, the U.S. Supreme Court granted Wheaton College temporary relief from a mandate to provide contraceptives to female employees, according to a news release from The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. The court’s decision to enter a temporary injunction with the college came Monday night, just hours before the college’s insurance plan went into effect.

  • Private schools to continue active shooter training after new legislation Jun 30, 2014 8:49 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation which requires the state’s 1,800 private schools to conduct annual drills to prepare for potential school shootings. Several private school administrators in the suburbs said, however, that the legislation will only reinforce what they are already doing. “We have been, for several years on an annual basis, going through lockdown drills,” said the Rev. Corey Brost, the president of St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights.

  • Interfaith group hosts Buffalo Grove walk to feed the hungry Jun 30, 2014 5:06 PM
    Summer can be a tough time for local food pantries, as supplies garnered during year-end holiday drives start to run low. On Sunday, a group of suburban churches and synagogues did something about that.

  • Northbrook’s Young Jewish Leadership and Social Fraternity Donates $800 to Susan G. Komen® Chicago Jun 27, 2014 7:05 AM
    Lox Box Fundraiser Goes Above and Beyond

  • Vatican ex-ambassador convicted of sex abuse Jun 27, 2014 11:21 AM
    The Vatican’s former ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been convicted by a church tribunal of sex abuse and has been defrocked, the first such sentence handed down against a top papal representative.

  • Pope Francis again cancels event, citing ailment Jun 27, 2014 11:21 AM
    Pope Francis canceled a planned visit to one of Rome’s main hospitals Friday, the third time this month the 77-year-old has skipped or scaled back an event due to illness or fatigue.

  • Muslim holy month begins Saturday Jun 27, 2014 6:16 PM
    For Muslims around the Chicago area and the world, Ramadan begins at sunup Saturday morning — the holy month when goodwill, generosity and compassion are emphasized.

  • Build people up with your words Jun 26, 2014 9:43 AM
    When we hear negative words spoken to us, they begin to make us feel depressed and discouraged. Pleasant words make us feel victorious and confident.

  • Experts: Mormon excommunication ‘warns everybody’ Jun 24, 2014 10:54 AM
    The decision by the Mormon church to excommunicate the founder of a prominent women’s group marks a stern statement at a time when the church is under pressure to recognize gay rights and allow women into the priesthood. Experts believe the move essentially draws a line in the sand to show church members how far they can go in publicly questioning church practices.

  • St. Charles church changing lives with mass volunteerism Jun 22, 2014 7:55 AM
    About 10 years ago, Christ Community Church near St. Charles started its “Great Day of Service,” and it attracted up to 1,800 volunteers. But church leaders "didn't want it to be just a once-a-year thing where a bunch of people come together and check off a box.” Today, the megachurch runs monthly events, and works to build a relationship with the people served.

  • Interfaith council walk Sunday in Buffalo Grove Jun 22, 2014 4:11 PM
    The Northwest Suburban Interfaith Council is sponsoring a 5K family walk, “I walk to feed the hungry,” 2 p.m. Sunday, June 29. Registration starts at 1:15 p.m. at the south side of Saint Mary Parish parking lot 10-50 N. Buffalo Grove Road, Buffalo Grove.

  • Pope: All mobsters excommunicated from church Jun 21, 2014 7:57 PM
    Pope Francis journeyed Saturday to the heart of Italy’s biggest crime syndicate, met the father of a 3-year-old boy slain in the region’s drug war, and declared that all mobsters are automatically excommunicated from the Catholic Church.

  • Palatine festival serves up authentic Greek food Jun 21, 2014 8:00 AM
    The best in Greek food, music and culture will be on display in Palatine this weekend as St. Nectarios Church hosts its annual Greek Fest celebration. The fest kicked off at 4 p.m. Friday and continues from 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday and noon to midnight Sunday. Festival grounds at are the church, 133 S. Roselle Road, Palatine. Authentic Greek cuisine will, as always, be a highlight of the three-day event, which includes an extensive menu featuring such traditional fare as souvlaki, gyros, pastichio (Greek lasagna), saganaki and loukaniko (Greek sausage).

  • Presbyterian assembly: Gay marriage is Christian Jun 20, 2014 10:57 AM
    The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted by large margins Thursday to recognize same-sex marriage as Christian in the church constitution, adding language that marriage can be the union of “two people,” not just “a man and a woman.” The amendment requires approval from a majority of the 172 regional presbyteries. But in a separate policy change that takes effect at the end of this week’s meeting, delegates voted to allow ministers to preside at gay weddings in states where the unions are legal and local congregational leaders approve.

  • Defrocked Methodist pastor appealing punishment Jun 18, 2014 10:27 AM
    Frank Schaefer lost his job but not his voice. Defrocked by the United Methodist Church six months ago for officiating his son’s same-sex wedding, Schaefer has gained a following among reformers who want the nation’s second-largest Protestant denomination to loosen its policies on homosexuality. Schaefer will appear before a church panel this week to argue that his punishment was illegal under church law. “I’m hoping for a ‘re-frocking,”’ he said.

  • Elk Grove Village program marks 4 years of shipping to packages to the troops Jun 18, 2014 7:38 AM
    When Kathi Mode of Elk Grove Village was shipping packages to her son's friends in the military overseas, she never thought she'd continue to do so after they came home. But as her Packages 4 Patriots program celebrated its four-year anniversary on Tuesday, “Elk Grove is a very military-friendly community,” Mode said. “And, as always, you get more back than you give.”

  • Nuns march on strip club Jun 18, 2014 6:57 PM
    Nuns who’ve been praying for a strip club next door to close, and then sued when it didn’t, on Wednesday did something that anyone who went to Catholic school could have predicted: They marched right over there to let everyone know they mean business.

  • Tour the Jewish calendar during Sunday in the Park with Bagels Jun 18, 2014 12:57 PM
    Big Tent Judaism-Chicago and nine area organizations will answer this question at Sunday in the Park with Bagels, a free, family-friendly event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 29, at Deerpath Park, 299 Onwentsia Road in Vernon Hills.

  • When God disappoints you, still trust in him Jun 18, 2014 1:43 PM
    Has there been something you really believed God should do for you that ended up in disappointment? All of us experience circumstances in our lives that God allows to happen and are beyond our human reasoning or understanding.

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