A Publication of WTVP

October 2023

MIA in the pews

Young people don’t have the same sense of belonging as their folks, and it’s most evident at church When my parents were in their 20s, if it wasn’t a bowling league night, it was their fraternal organization meeting night. And if it wasn’t a fish fry at their church, it
Anthony Hopp is the vice president and chief purpose officer at Samaritan Ministries in Peoria

An alternative to health insurance

Peoria-based Samaritan Ministries is part of a rising trend of health care consumers choosing sharing ministries to pay medical bills Anthony Hopp turns a bit sheepish when recalling the first time he depended on Samaritan Ministries International to cover medical claims. At the time, the Peoria-based health care sharing ministry,
Jennifer Innis

Everyone Is Equal Before God

So believes the Unitarian Universalist Church, where embracing diversity,  in religious thought and everything else, is in the DNA Asked to summarize the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church, the Rev. Jennifer Innis cuts right to the chase: “We are a community of fully human people working from a foundation of love
Imam Osama Alrefai at the Islamic Center of Peoria on Charter Oak Road

‘The will of Allah’

‘Whatever he tells us to do, we do it,’ says the imam at Peoria’s growing Islamic Center During a sweltering Thursday evening amid a mid-August heat wave, the Islamic Center of Peoria hummed with activity. It was Orientation Night for the upcoming year at Daarul Uloom School, the private Islamic
The book on Rosh Hashanah

A religion, a culture, a ‘way of life’

Central Illinois has a small but energetic Jewish population, with two synagogues and a faith that provides a roadmap for how to act The Peoria area’s small Jewish community, estimated in the hundreds, differentiates itself by being a diverse community despite its size, with observant and non-observant Jews, mixed religion
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