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Going Gesu House


Yole was Gesu Houses’ first performers on Jan. 24.

Yole band members include:

Good words & music


As a demographic, the Millennial generation — so called because they were born after 1980 and began to come of age at the turn of the century — are less likely to be affiliated with a particular church than their parents’ and grandparents’ generations.

They may not be affiliated with any church at all.

Spotlight on Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church


Church name: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

Location: 7104 39th Ave., Kenosha

In Sri Lanka, crowds seek contact with Pope Francis


COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — They came to hear him, to see him. They came from mansions in Colombo, from concrete apartment buildings in Kandy, from little villages in the hills of Sri Lanka. And how could they not come? To the faithful, Pope Francis is the Vicar of Christ, the successor to St. Peter, the embodiment of the Catholic church and everything it stands for.

So more than anything, the estimated 800,000 people who saw him in Sri Lanka came hoping for a touch. A blessing, maybe. A hand laid upon a baby’s head.

Reviving the tabernacle


DOWAGIAC, Mich. — At the zenith of its fame the tabernacle, constructed in 1890, held thousands of worshippers who came by train and horse-drawn wagon to attend revivals at Crystal Springs, Michigan’s oldest religious camp.

Today, the nearly 125-year-old Stella Cooper Memorial Tabernacle continues to welcome many young people to summer camps, as well as hosting weddings and other events.

Crossing time: 90-year-old descendant seeks to mark family’s 19th century graveyard


LOS ANGELES — An unusual crop is sprouting in Ernest Marquez’s backyard in West Hills: nearly two dozen 2-foot-high concrete crosses.

The 90-year-old graphic designer wants to fulfill his long-held dream of creating nearly three dozen grave markers for his family’s 19th century burial ground in Santa Monica Canyon.

Church-based institutions ponder same-sex benefits


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Universities, charities and hospitals affiliated with churches that oppose same-sex marriage are facing the thorny question of whether they have an obligation — morally or legally — to extend health care benefits to spouses of gay and lesbian employees in states where they now are allowed to marry.

Many religious-based institutions are making no changes or sitting on the sideline, perhaps waiting to see if the U.S. Supreme Court will settle whether gay couples should be able to marry in every state. But they now face greater pressure to make a choice amid the dramatic expansion of same-sex marriage.

Bringing light into darkness: Menorah symbolizes the miracle of Hanukkah


As a Jewish icon, there is probably no more well-known symbol of Hanukkah than the menorah, the candelabra of nine branches.

Hanukkah celebrates the victory of right over might in the story of the Maccabees’ struggle to overcome the oppressive forces of the Syrian Greeks in ancient times.

Hanukkah events, menorah lighting ceremonies planned

Beth Hillel Temple, 6050 8th Ave., will be lighting a solar-powered menorah on the front steps of the synagogue on each of the nights of the holiday, and the public is invited.

The Menorah will be kindled according to the following schedule:

Peace message


VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis urged governments and legislatures to do more to end modern-day slavery, calling for better laws and policies to prevent human trafficking, protect its victims and prosecute those responsible.

Francis also urged businesses to ensure their distribution chains are free of slave labor and asked consumers to think twice about buying goods that may have been produced by child workers or other victims of undignified working conditions.

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