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By Nicholas Garton – Capital Times – Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church, a predominantly Black church in Madison, is looking for a new home after an alliance it formed with the mostly white Lake Edge United Church of Christ fell apart. Christ the Solid Rock has a congregation of about 300 total members, with approximately 150 attending worship services on Sundays. Lake Edge UCC currently has a membership of around 50 people. The two congregations share a building at 4200 Buckeye Road on Madison’s east side. Read more of this story.

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By Jim Polzin – Wisconsin State Journal – It’s easy to assume that Will Pauling’s transition to the University of Wisconsin football program was a seamless one. Pauling’s results during the 2023 season certainly support the idea that he arrived in Madison 16 months ago and hit the ground running, that he’d passed through the transfer portal and landed in his comfort zone, that it was easy to produce on the field because he was at peace off it. CJ Williams had come to the same conclusion. He, too was part of Luke Fickell’s first transfer haul, and nobody from…

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By TIM SULLIVAN – MADISON, Wis. (AP) — It was the music that changed first. Or maybe that’s just when many people at the pale brick Catholic church in the quiet Wisconsin neighborhood finally began to realize what was happening. The choir director, a fixture at St. Maria Goretti for nearly 40 years, was suddenly gone. Contemporary hymns were replaced by music rooted in medieval Europe. So much was changing. Sermons were focusing more on sin and confession. Priests were rarely seen without cassocks. Altar girls, for a time, were banned. At the parish elementary school, students began hearing about abortion…

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The Madison Christian Giving Fund (MCGF), which has raised and disbursed over $1 million to local Christian ministries over the past decade, is in a leadership transition. Fred Grossenbach, who has been a key MCGF leader and most recently served as executive director, is stepping down. “Due to unexpected health issues that have prevented Fred from being at 100% capaciity, he has decided to step away from his leadership role at MCGF,” reports an April 13 post on the MCGF website. The article includes a lengthy reflection from Fred on why MCGF was begun, on what it has accomplished in…

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A PowerPoint presentation packed with graphs showing the decline of religious observance in America filled the fellowship hall at Madison’s Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Saturday morning. “I take no joy in showing you any of these graphs,” said Eastern Illinois University political science professor Ryan Burge. “This is me.” For the past 17 years Burge has also been the pastor of an American Baptist Church in central Illinois, but it’s planning on closing this summer. “We had eight people in worship last Sunday,” he said. “Polite Religion” is Burge’s term describing the seven mainline Protestant churches which used to dominate…

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By Chris Rickert – Wisconsin State Journal – By day, he’s a key member of a conservative law firm known for being at the center of some of the state’s most contentious policy and culture war battles. The rest of his time, he’s a husband and the father of three sons who attend the local public schools in perhaps the most politically progressive city in the Midwest. Luke Berg, 39, first came to Madison from his hometown of Stevens Point to attend UW-Madison, where he studied philosophy, math and computer science. He’d long had his eye on the law, though……

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Several hundred attendees and late stragglers at the Madison Farmers Market heard the pleas and prayers of the Don’t Mess With Our Kids Prayer Rally at the Wisconsin state capitol, Saturday afternoon, April 13, 2004. Simultaneous rallies were taking place at state capitols across the country, as part of a nationwide campaign to help parents defend their children against pressures that are tearing apart families and society. Jeane Wagner, local rally organizer and emcee, said, “We kicked God out of our nation. We need to bring Him back, that’s what this is about. It’s about standing up. Forgive us for…

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The Rev. John Clark, who pastored Madison’s Evangel Life Center for 25 years, has passed away in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he retired with his wife Julie in 2016. The church, now known as Life Center Madison, is located on Femrite Drive just east of Stoughton Road. An announcement posted on pastor Clark’s Facebook account stated, “John F. Clark went to be with Jesus, his Savior of 53 years, on April 4th after suddenly being overcome with metastatic melanoma. He was 70 years old. Clark was Principal Bassist of the Utah Symphony for 12 years after graduating from the University…

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – A Madison church held an inclusive Easter service Sunday, as everyone is invited to join in the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Music blared and people danced, sang, and prayed at the Fountain of Life Covenant Church Sunday morning. “We put a little extra secret sauce on it for Easter Sunday,” long-time Pastor Reverend Dr. Alexander Gee said. “It’s dancing, it’s singing, it’s poems, it’s good food. It’s being with family because it’s just good to be reminded that we’re not on our own and that we have this energy that comes through the…

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By Todd Richmond — MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Exemptions that allow religious organizations to avoid paying Wisconsin’s unemployment tax don’t apply to a Catholic charitable organization because its on-the-ground operations aren’t primarily religious, a divided state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The outcome of the case, which drew attention and concern from religious groups around the country, raises the bar for all religions to show that their charity arms deserve such exemptions in the state. The Catholic organization’s attorneys immediately promised to appeal directly to the U.S. Supreme Court. If that court agrees to hear the case, any ruling could have…

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