Category: Religion

Hesham Shehab

Meaning of Good Friday prior to Easter personal exploration

Good Friday this year, it was more than 150 years since Abraham Lincoln’s death. Had he lived to finish his second term, the history of the United States would no doubt have been far different. Some historians believe that if Lincoln had lived, he would probably have been more successful…...

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Signs across the street from Wayside Cross Ministries, 215 E. New York Street, Aurora, call attention to the residence of a convicted murderer recently let out of prison after completing his 35-year term. Emotions have run high the last two weeks. Protesters, between 35 to 40, held a rally Friday, April 5. They crossed the street and walked to City Hall and the Water Street Mall for another rally. Carter Crane/The Voice

Protest of convicted murder living at Wayside Cross Ministries in downtown Aurora

Signs across the street from Wayside Cross Ministries, 215 E. New York Street, Aurora, call attention to the residence of a convicted murderer recently let out of prison after completing his 35-year term. Emotions have run high the last two weeks. Protesters, between 35 to 40, held a rally Friday,…...

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Most difficult calling: Grace for everyone, even unworthy

By Deena Sherman –  Practicing Christianity is not easy. Jesus’ words in scripture warn us of that repeatedly. So as my heart breaks for those whose lives were directly affected by the evil acts of Tom Kokoraleis in 1981-1982, I am reminded of the most difficult calling of Christians: To…...

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Responses to criticism from Wayside Cross in Aurora

A response to recent news articles: Wayside Cross Ministries (WCM) did not seek out Thomas Kokoraleis upon his release from prison. He came to us seeking our help. Ours being a Bible-based, Christ-centered ministry, we are mandated by our Lord Jesus Christ to love our neighbors. According to Luke 10:25-37,…...

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Oswego residents Barbara and Rick Kayer, right, Sunday receive Oswego's Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist United Methodist Women 2019 Service Award. Presenters, left, are Carol Dodd, Yorkville; and Janet McCarty, Oswego, Church of Good Shepherd UMW president. Al Benson/The Voice

United Methodist Women 2019 Service Award presented to Barbara and Rick Kayer

Oswego residents Barbara and Rick Kayer, right, Sunday receive Oswego’s Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist United Methodist Women 2019 Service Award. Presenters, left, are Carol Dodd, Yorkville; and Janet McCarty, Oswego, Church of Good Shepherd UMW president. Al Benson/The Voice… This content is for 30 Day Free Trial,...

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Rabbi Edward Friedman gives remarks in front of windows representing the 12 tribes of Israel during a “Meet Your Jewish Neighbor” program Sunday at Temple B’nai Israel in Aurora. Al Benson/The Voice

“Meet Your Jewish Neighbor” program at Temple B’nai Israel in Aurora

Rabbi Edward Friedman gives remarks in front of windows representing the 12 tribes of Israel during a “Meet Your Jewish Neighbor” program Sunday at Temple B’nai Israel in Aurora. Al Benson/The Voice… This content is for 30 Day Free Trial, 3 Months for 99 Cents and One Year Subscription subscribers...

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One A-Chord choir sings at Oswego's Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist's UMW 150 years of service observance Sunday, March 24. Sue Gilla of Aurora supplied organ and piano music. Guest preacher was Dottie Priddy of Channahon, former Aurora District UMW president. Al Benson/The Voice

Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist’s UMW 150 years of service observance

One A-Chord choir sings at Oswego’s Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist’s UMW 150 years of service observance Sunday, March 24. Sue Gilla of Aurora supplied organ and piano music. Guest preacher was Dottie Priddy of Channahon, former Aurora District UMW president. Al Benson/The Voice… This content is for...

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The Islamic Foundation in Villa Park remembers and prays for the victims and families of the New Zealand Mosque shooting Sunday. The Islamic Foundation is at 300 W. Highridge in Villa Park. The theme was: Come join us in prayer and stand united with us against hate. We show solidarity with those who were lost in New Zealand in a brazen Islamophobic act. Mohammad Imran Khan, 37, owner of a restaurant in New Zealand, was one of 50 killed in the shooting. His family attends The Islamic Foundation. Nate Sippel photo

Peace and Unity vigil in Villa Park:

The Islamic Foundation in Villa Park remembers and prays for the victims and families of the New Zealand Mosque shooting Sunday. The Islamic Foundation is at 300 W. Highridge in Villa Park. The theme was: Come join us in prayer and stand united with us against hate. We show solidarity…...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

Fasting and Feasting: 40 ways, days, to the Golden Rule

Spiritual and religious themes are relevant in the Spring, a time of planting seeds, growth, rebirth. They coincide. Firm roots, greenery developed from the brown, care, and nurturing, offer hope and positive thoughts. It is cyclical. Tending to religious matters is personal. Most serious religions offer a consistent strain of…...

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First Lutheran Church of Plano preschool students reflect how disciples bask in a bright light. From left, Greyson, Gaige, Bo, Elizabeth, Maddie, and John. Submitted photo

Plano preschool students reflect how disciples bask in a bright light

First Lutheran Church of Plano preschool students reflect how disciples bask in a bright light. From left, Greyson, Gaige, Bo, Elizabeth, Maddie, and John. Submitted photo… This content is for 30 Day Free Trial, 3 Months for 99 Cents and One Year Subscription subscribers only.Log In Register...

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Vocalist at Trinity Episcopal Church in Aurora March 17

Trinity Episcopal Church, 218 East Benton Street, Aurora, 2019 Concert Series will present Paul Kraus and a St. Patrick’s Celebration and Cabaret Gregory Gyllsdorff, accompanist. They will play Irish songs starting at 3 p.m. Sunday March 17. Suggested donation is $25, cash or check only. Money raised will help benefit…...

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Fired CNN contributor speaker at American Muslim event

By Hesham Shehab –  Recently-fired CNN contributor Marc Lamont Hill will be keynote speaker for a Chicago-based group the Israel government recently declared “terrorists in suits.” Hill, who was fired as a contributor for CNN following a speech at the United Nations where he used the anti-Israel eliminationist rhetoric “from the…...

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Scout Sunday at Flowing Forth United Methodist Church in Aurora

Scout Sunday at Flowing Forth United Methodist Church in Aurora

Boy Scouts Austin Parmalee, from left, Ethan Tarver and Seth Tarver, Batavia residents, lead congregants during Scout Sunday, Feb. 24, at Flowing Forth United Methodist Church in Aurora. Al Benson/The Voice… This content is for 30 Day Free Trial, 3 Months for 99 Cents and One Year Subscription subscribers only.Log...

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Legalizing recreational marijuana roadblock by Catholic bishops

By Peter Hancock –  Supporters of legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois will face stiff opposition this year from leaders of the State’s largest religious denomination. The six Catholic bishops in Illinois issued a joint statement Monday urging lawmakers to reject any attempt to legalize marijuana. “As lawmakers consider this issue,…...

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Plano Family Center opens

The United Methodist Church of Plano is a partner with P.H. Miller Elementary School, principal Laurel Mateyka, instructional coach Brittany Pezold, family support workers Sherri Rachford and Maritza Herrera as the host site for the new “Plano Family Resource Center”. P.H. Miller is the only Preschool program in Kendall County…...

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Radical Islam inspires fanatics, hides in ideology

By Hesham Shehab –  Islam is a religion, a culture, a personal faith, and a political system that produced a modern ideology. It is an ocean of information that has been sending its waves in the world for more than 1,400 years. After the end of the Cold War and the…...

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First Lutheran preschool students, from left, Gaige, Ahlivia, Elizabeth, Maddie, and John. Submitted photo

Fire theme on a cold day in Plano

On a cold, snow-filled January day, students in the pre-school class of the First Lutheran Church of Plano Sunday School warmed themselves by making little s’more decorations. They talked about how fire is one of the most powerful themes in the Bible and read about Jesus’ journey on Earth.  The…...

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Recent added persecution of Iraqi Christians devastating

By Hesham Shehab –  On this Christmas season, Christian communities in the Middle East are suffering from persecution and displacement. This situation should be a concern for Western Christians more than the wholesale embracing of the globalized and commercial version of Christmas. The Christian communities in Iraq, in particular some…...

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The 67th year of Lehnertz Avenue Christmas display receives a blessing of the crib Sunday in Aurora from Father Jerome Leake of St. Joseph’s Parish. The Nativity scene and lights and information on houses and property is a tradition in the community. Jason Crane/The Voice

Lehnertz Lights:

The 67th year of Lehnertz Avenue Christmas display receives a blessing of the crib Sunday in Aurora from Father Jerome Leake of St. Joseph’s Parish. The Nativity scene and lights and information on houses and property is a tradition in the community. A video of the event can be seen…...

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Beth Carter of Aurora, third from left, lights the third of four Advent candles at Aurora's Flowing Forth United Methodist Church Sunday, Dec. 16. From left are Aurorans Paul Eggert, Allison Carter, Beth Carter, and Tom Carter. Flowing Forth UMC, meets at Aurora Christian School, and invites a church family to light candles each Sunday in Advent, the season leading up to Christmas Day. Al Benson/The Voice

Advent:

Beth Carter of Aurora, third from left, lights the third of four Advent candles at Aurora’s Flowing Forth United Methodist Church Sunday, Dec. 16. From left are Aurorans Paul Eggert, Allison Carter, Beth Carter, and Tom Carter. Flowing Forth UMC, meets at Aurora Christian School, and invites a church family…...

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