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For nearly 30 years, Barb DeVries’ young students from Grand Haven Christian School have visited Grand Haven Garden House around the holidays.

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This past Sunday evening, our church hosted an ecumenical offering of “Advent Lessons & Carols.” I was blessed by the area pastors who joined in reading Scripture, the sense of unity as Christians from a variety of denominations gathered together for song and reflection. And the music, o…

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I know this will surprise regular readers (even reluctant ones, you know who you are), but I’ve recently come to the conclusion that I was wrong about something I’ve been rather militant about. And it’s funny to me that I didn’t realize it was wrong until it sort of hurt me.

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MINNEAPOLIS — They arrive with a crucifix, a book of prayers, holy water and a conviction that the Holy Spirit is at their side.

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As the holiday season gets underway, there’s a concert this coming weekend aimed at providing peace.

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The re-creation of the town of Bethlehem in the time of Jesus’ birth is coming back to Grand Haven.

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More than 40 international cities, including Grand Haven, will be uniting around the sculpture “Homeless Jesus” in various events to honor the World Day of the Poor on Sunday, Nov. 17.

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MUSKEGON — Four Lutheran churches in Muskegon soon will become one when a multi-year effort by Muskegon Metro Ministries culminates in the creation of Harbor of Grace Lutheran Church at 540 Houston Ave.

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DEARBORN HEIGHTS — “Brothers and sisters,” the seminary instructor tells his class, don’t believe in God because of your parents’ beliefs but because “you know why God exists.”

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There are 2.2 million people in our country’s nations and jails – a 500 percent increase over the past 40 years. We incarcerate a greater proportion of our own citizens than any other nation in the world. Just behind us are El Salvador, Rwanda and Russia. The amount of people incarcerated in…

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SPRING LAKE — The gymnasium at St. Mary’s was buzzing with activity earlier this week as participants in the Catholic church’s Youth Ministries packed personal hygiene kits complete with shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, shaving cream, socks, toothbrushes and Chapstick.

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The Atrium Art Gallery at Second Christian Reformed Church is featuring artistic expressions in many media in a new exhibit, “A Myriad of Talents: Art by the members of Second Church.”

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Benjamin Bosch has worked in the family business, Bosch’s Best Bushes, for his entire life. But in recent years, he’s heard a higher calling.

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I read an interesting devotional article the other day that made me sit up and take notice. It was on the subject of prayer. Specifically, it was on the subject of praying for our leaders.

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The Tri-Cities Climate Strike is scheduled to take place in Grand Haven’s Central Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20. Held as one of hundreds of demonstrations globally, the local event is being organized by St. John’s Episcopal Church of Grand Haven.

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LOS ANGELES — Three Muslim men are suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, alleging they were denied access to an observant diet and proper religious garments and texts, while the same accommodations were made for inmates of other faiths.

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti met with Pope Francis on Aug. 9 in a private meeting at the Vatican, where they discussed climate change, youth, poverty and immigration.

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ROME — Matteo Salvini slipped the rosary out of his pocket right before Premier Giuseppe Conte began his speech to Parliament. He took it out and kissed it again midway through the address, just as Conte began admonishing him for exploiting his Catholic faith for political ends.

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A budding Lutheran church in Kingston, Jamaica, is getting a helping hand from Lutheran congregations from across the United States. And, this fall, a team from a Grand Haven church will join the fix-up mission.