There will be a lecture on April 27 entitled God and Natural Disasters. With the knowledge that something like 200 tornadoes tore up the Midwest in just one 24 hour period and the memory of the devastation caused by the tsunami in Japan, fresh in our minds, this seemed like a good topic to let people know about.
A lot of people are disillusioned with organized religion, but the monthly email from my denomination reminded me that religious institutions do many good things which spiritual individuals can't do on their own.
LaNell Mahler and Jerry Koenig both lost their spouses in 2009. LaNell and Jerry got married a year later. Their story seemed to be a concrete example of death and resurrection, a theme very much on the minds of many of us this weekend.
I interviewed Forest Park resident Sarah Reich about her wearing a Muslim headscarf for a week as a way to understand her Muslim classmates at UIC better. The articles contains exerpts from the story I wrote for the Review.