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Wednesday, February 6th, 2019


"We spent 25 years in Turkey and someday we hope the conditions will be right for us to go back," he said.

Andrew Brunson, back in US after detention, hopes to return to Turkey one day

by: Adelle M. Banks, Feb 6, 2019 WASHINGTON (RNS) – Pastor Andrew Brunson, the American evangelical imprisoned in Turkey for almost two years, says he’d like to return to that country someday. For now, he is grateful to be on U.S. soil. “We would love to go back. We love the people because we believe God loves the people there and we want to show God’s love to them,” he said Wednesday (Feb. 6), recalling fondly the decades he and his wife spent there before he was sent to prisonRead More

But other moments in the speech offered a reminder of the partisan divide that has riven Washington in recent years...

Trump’s State of the Union garners mixed reactions among faith groups

Catholic vote important for Trump

by: Jack Jenkins, Feb 6, 2019 WASHINGTON (RNS) – Religious leaders and people of faith offered mixed reactions to President Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday evening (Feb. 5), which was billed as a unifying message but which some say maintains a polarized status quo in Washington. Standing before Congress, Supreme Court justices, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other dignitaries, the president did not offer a lengthy discussion of faith in his speech. But he did sprinkle his rhetoric with intermittent references to religion. “We can make ourRead More

Series at Flowing Forth UMC

Aurora Methodists to explore Bible’s little known books

Aurora Methodists to explore Bible's little known books such as Esther

AURORA, Ill., Feb. 5, 2019–Little known books of the Bible will be explored in February sermons at Flowing Forth United Methodist Church services at Aurora Christian School, 2255 Sullivan Rd. in Aurora. The public is invited. Admission and parking are free. Sunday worship services are held at 10 a.m. Rev. Derek Rogers, Flowing Forth UMC pastor, said his sermon schedule, titled “Small but Mighty,” is: Feb. 10: Habakkuk Feb. 17: Esther Feb. 24: Philemon Mar. 3: Titus Rev. Rogers explained, “We’ll be looking at the small books of the Bible, theRead More

Aurora church to host Habitat for Humanity pancake-breakfast

Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity at work

AURORA, Ill., Feb. 5, 2019–Aurora Advent Christian Church, 905 N. Edgelawn Drive, will host a 27th annual pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, to benefit Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity . The public is invited. The menu includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee, and orange juice. The event is sponsored by the church’s outreach committee. Admission is $7. Children under 10 are free. The breakfast will benefit Faith Build 2019, a partnership of Kane, Kendall and DuPage-county faith communities to build a Habitat house inRead More

"It was a slap in the face," Shahbaz, a Muslim, said.

“We’re not the enemy”: Muslim fans respond to Chicago Cubs patriarch’s emails

Chicago Cubs patriarch Joe Ricketts

by: Aysha Khan, Feb 5, 2019 (RNS) – Imran Shahbaz, a 40-year-old Chicago native, grew up watching the Cubs play baseball. He and his father, a Pakistani immigrant, bonded by watching games on TV. His mother, a Mexican immigrant, used to get them standing-room tickets to games at Wrigley Field. “It was our thing growing up,” he told Religion News Service. “It was our American thing to do together.” So it felt a bit jarring for him to read Joe Ricketts’ emails. A series of leaked emails from the billionaireRead More