Church Worldwide: Redesigning Sacred Spaces to Serve Their Communities

Department: Author: Religion News ServiceInfill Philadelphia is a design competition hosted every couple of years in the city to improve community spaces. This year’s competition, Sacred Places/Civic Spaces, focused on three religious properties—the Philadelphia Masjid, a mosque in the Mill Creek n

Championing Youth Ministry in Illinois: Big Night of Worship

Department: Author: Greg ChandlerAndy Pasek doesn't wear a cape and he doesn't claim any superhero powers.But for the two dozen or so churches in Classis Northern Illinois, a regional group of Christian Reformed congregations, Pasek is a champion when it comes to youth ministry.Pasek, who has been

Persistent Faith, Patient Work, Prolonged Partnership in India

Department: Author: Eliza AndersonIn October a team from New Hope Fellowship Christian Reformed Church in Monroe, Wash., visited an orphanage under construction in southern India. Pastor Rob Jansons and four others went as part of an ongoing partnership with local believers determined to care for t

Task Force Recommends Refinements for Annual Synods

Department: Author: Gayla R. PostmaShorter speeches. More delegate and leadership training. More time for intentional dialogue.Those are some of the recommendations coming from the Synod Review Task Force, appointed by Synod 2016 to review the principles and practices of the Christian Reformed Chur

Canada Reverses Abortion Rights Proviso to Summer Jobs Program

Department: Author: Religion News ServiceFaith-based organizations in Canada are welcoming changes to the federal government’s summer jobs program that remove language interpreted by many to require support for abortion.Related:Controversial Attestation for Canadian Job Grants Adds Politics to Summ

Church’s ‘Breathing Space’ Offers Yoga, Psalms

Department: Author: Susan Vanden BergTake a deep breath. Slow down. Unplug for awhile. With North American culture’s relentless pace and high levels of anxiety, who couldn’t benefit from these suggestions? That’s partly why Ken Bieber, pastor of outreach and discipleship at River Terrace Christian

Top 10 Most Read Banner Online Articles in 2018

Department: Author: These news stories, features and columns from 2018 made the top 10 in reader engagement, as counted by The Banner’s web analytics software. Thanks for reading!1 Eating toward Shalom: Why Food Ethics Matters for the 21st-Century Church (Feb. 2018)In theory and in practice, says p

Three CRC Members Elected to Ontario Township Council

Department: Author: Alissa VernonAs the Ontario municipality of Emo held its first meeting with its newly elected municipal council in December, three members of Emo Christian Reformed Church were sworn in to new or continuing roles. Harrold Boven, Lori Ann Shortreed, and Warren Toles make up 75 pe

Art Teacher Participates in Dakota 38+2 Memorial Ride of Reconciliation

Department: Author: Alissa Vernon“Good horses. Good friends. Good day. Very thankful. Spiritual strength. A day of prayer.”That was Elmer Yazzie’s Facebook post 12 days into a 330-mile journey on horseback through South Dakota and Minnesota. Yazzie, a Navajo man, Christian, and art teacher at Rehob

Chaplains Deliver Christmas Comfort to Sailors in Port

Department: Author: Jenny deGrootThe Vancouver, B.C., skyline seen from Burrard Inlet is beautifully lit at night—and never so brightly or so welcoming as at Christmas time. But hundreds of sailors aboard the ships unloading and loading cargo in the Vancouver ports will never get onto the city stre

At Wheaton Summit, Evangelical Leaders Share Stories of Abuse

Department: Author: Religion News ServiceFor popular Bible teacher Beth Moore, the church always has been a safe harbor.That was especially true when she was growing up. Church was a place where she could escape from the sexual abuse she experienced at home, she said.“I’ve seen glimpses with my own

Chicago Ministry Offers Christmas Gift Shop for Families in Need

Department: Author: Elizabeth DrummondBeginning in 2000, Grace and Peace Community Center, a ministry in Chicago, Ill., associated with a Christian Reformed congregation of the same name, began giving toys and winter coats away during the holidays. In 2011, after more than a decade, Grace and Peace

Caroling Hayride Brings Cheer to California Community

Department: Author: Elizabeth DrummondA caroling Christmas hayride, designed to bring music to people who are homebound or have difficulty getting out, has become a tradition for Immanuel Christian Reformed Church in Ripon, Calif. Dec. 16 was to be their third annual event, but it was canceled beca

Poll: Canadians Show Broad Tolerance for Religion in Public Life

Department: Author: Religion News ServiceCanada may appear very secular compared with its southern neighbor, but a new poll suggests there is more openness to religion than appears on the surface, especially among younger Canadians.The survey, called Faith in the Public Square, by the Angus Reid In

In Memoriam: Rev. John Allen Nash (1947-2018)

Department: Author: Janet A. GreidanusJohn Nash was a trailblazer, a pastor and church planter at a time when there were few African American leaders in the Christian Reformed Church. He was also part of the team that developed the annual Black and Reformed Conference. Nash died on Nov. 3 after a t

Kalamazoo Dairy Project Contributes to Hunger Relief

Department: Author: Anita BeemA unique dairy-based “rent a cow” project has brought three Christian Reformed churches in Kalamazoo, Mich., together with Growing Hope Globally (formerly Foods Resource Bank) and World Renew to help alleviate hunger around the world. Since 2007, Kalamazoo’s Grace CRC,

Christmas with Style Comes to Edmonton Church

Department: Author: Janet A. GreidanusIt was snowing heavily on December 2 when two 24-passenger buses and another 30 cars set out to pick up 96 women from nine city shelters. The gargantuan task had taken many weeks of preparations, much fund-raising, and the participation of almost 150 volunteers

First State Win in Football for Unity Christian

Department: Author: Greg ChandlerDespite finishing third in their league during the regular season and being an underdog for most of their postseason games, Unity Christian High School in Hudsonville, Mich., has won the state Division 5 high school football championship.It’s the first state title i

South Dakota Church Delivers Thanksgiving Dinner

Department: Author: Kyle HoogendoornThe people at First Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Falls, S.D., care about people. That’s why they call their annual Thanksgiving meal delivery program Caring About People—CAP. For the past 14 years First CRC has gathered the essentials to make a holiday meal

Church Focuses Community Support on Family Leadership

Department: Author: Greg ChandlerOn Tuesday nights throughout the fall and winter, Lee Street Christian Reformed Church in Wyoming, Mich., hosts a community outreach program designed to help kids succeed in school and help their mothers and fathers become better parents.Through its Family Leadershi