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Vatican mystery: Where did gay welcome originate?


VATICAN CITY — It’s one of the great mysteries of the meeting on family life taking place behind closed doors at the Vatican this week: Just where did the authors of a draft report come up with such ground-breaking language that gays had gifts to offer the church and that even homosexual partnerships had merit?

Officially speaking, the draft report was a synthesis of the interventions from more than 200 bishops, a starting point for small working groups to propose amendments, elaborations, additions and subtractions to the drafting committee preparing a final report that will be released today.

But conservative cardinals have said their views were not reflected in the draft, they blasted the report as “unacceptable” and said it was in sore need of an overhaul.

‘We’ll see who God sends us’


One thing you can pretty much count on when you go to church is that the coffee will be — well — bad. So that’s one of the many things that the founders of Kenosha’s new DayBreak Church are hoping to fix.

“We want to serve good coffee,” Brit Windel said. “It’s part of our theory of ‘radical hospitality.’”

Pastor connects with students


The Rev. Kara Baylor, 44, became campus pastor at Carthage College in January and was formally installed in that post in a ceremony in the Siebert Chapel on Sept. 28.

She brings more than 20 years of experience in youth ministry to lead the Center for Faith and Spirituality at Carthage.

Spotlight on Southport Baptist Church in Bristol


Church name: Southport Baptist Church

Spotlight on Southport Baptist Church in Bristol


Church name: Southport Baptist Church

No barriers: Nun directs Dominican literacy program to help women assimilate


CHICAGO — “There are two kinds of people — battery chargers and battery drainers,” said Amy Manion of Sugar Grove, Ill. “Sister Kathleen (Ryan) is a battery charger. She inspires the students and tutors.”

Ryan, 68, is director of the Dominican Literacy Center (dominicanliteracycenter.org), a nonprofit organization in suburban Aurora, Ill., that teaches women, most of them immigrants, to learn to read, write and speak English. The center currently has a staff of seven. Manion is past president of its board.

Laundry Love


Every month, Mitchell would trek to a local laundromat and take advantage of Laundry Love, a growing faith-driven movement that helps those who are homeless or financially struggling by washing their dirty clothes for free.

Amid the comforting routine of fluffing and folding, volunteers befriend their patrons and often find ways to help that go beyond free soap and quarters.

The Maker’s Place


PITTSBURGH — The triplex of row houses in the city was notorious for its active crack scene before the Rev. John Wallace’s church bought it in 2005 and renovated it.

Today, the triplex is, among other things, The Maker’s Place, a hub of production for middle and high school students in the Oasis Project.

Spotlight on Christ the King Church in Kenosha


Church name: Christ the King Church

Carrying on for the Community


After the death of a pastor Bradford Community Church had for 12 years, the Board of Trustees for the church selected the Rev. Lillie Mae Henley to fill in as interim minister for two years. Former pastor the Rev. Georgette Wonders died April 11.

Growing up, Henley knew she wanted to be a minister but didn’t see any female ministers to look up to. However, she did see a lot of female missionaries, so she decided she would pursue that instead.

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