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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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By Kyle Pozorsky – News 3 Now — It was on March 14, 2005 when Madison’s Catholic community was left in shock. The historic St. Raphael’s Cathedral burned to the ground in horrifying fashion, just months after a new million-dollar spire was placed on top the 150 year old building. This past January, the Diocese of Madison finally announced their intentions to name a new cathedral, putting to rest the question of whether to rebuild or replace. On this anniversary, News 3 Now is looking back into the past and forward into the future of Madison’s cathedrals. Read more of…

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By Jamie Langrehr- Channel 3000.com – MADISON, Wis. — Madison private school St. Ambrose Academy is relocating to inside the Diocese of Madison’s Holy Name Heights building, the school and Diocese announced Monday. St. Ambrose Academy, a 6th-12th grade school first founded in 2003, will move from its current location at 3 Point Place next to the Beltline to the space formerly occupied by Catholic Charities at Holy Name Heights off of S. High Point Road. Read more of this story.

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By Barry Adams – Wisconsin State Journal – The pews are gone. So, too, are the altars, baptismal font and the pipe organ. The concrete floor will soon be removed in favor of a thicker slab and the roof replaced with thousands of imported Luigi Italian tiles. Two pre-World War I pipe organs are being readied in Missouri, new pews are being built in Rochester, New York, while the furnishings — like ornate railings, the sprawling and towering high altar, and the bishop’s chair, referred to as the “cathedra,” will be hand-crafted from oak in a garage on Madison’s East…

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