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Feds will not fund temporary shelters for immigrant children in Madison

Despite Mayor Paul Soglin's willingness to find temporary housing in Madison for immigrant children, Wisconsin will not host any temporary shelters, according to Kathleen Falk, the Regional Director for the Department of Health and Human Services. >More
 Millenials to the rescue! Young entrepreneurs could save Madison's economy

Those damn kids. They got trophies just for showing up, won't move out of the house and are always on their phones. They studied dance and philosophy and wonder why they can't get a job. They all want to save the world, as long as they can do it from their mom's house in pajamas and on Twitter. >More
 StartingBlock incubator space for tech startups in the works for Madison

The former Mautz Paint building on East Washington Avenue could soon become the site of a new, 80,000-square-foot co-working space for tech startups. Local entrepreneurs have formed StartingBlock Madison and signed a memo of understanding with the owners of the Kleuter building at 925 E. Washington Ave. to develop it into an "entrepreneur center." >More
 Madison Believers: Luther Memorial Church melds tradition and liturgy with fellowship and music in a historic campus cathedral

While touring Luther Memorial Church before being hired, Pastor Franklin Wilson wondered to himself, "Is Charlemagne tromping around in here?" Walking past the 87-year-old church, located on University Avenue in the heart of the University of Wisconsin campus, it's easy to think some overzealous Lutherans were looking to build a European cathedral in Madison. Walk inside, and the setting is even more striking. >More
 Madison Believers: First Congregational Church practices liberal Christianity with an open door to the LGBT community

I've always wanted to attend a United Church of Christ service, after hearing from friends about what a progressive, open-minded denomination it is. But I didn't expect to find such a dynamic gathering place of the religious left at First Congregational Church, housed in a towering red brick monument on the edge of the UW campus at Breese Terrace and University Avenue. >More
 Madison Believers: UW Hillel overwhelms with friendliness, food and its new community center

Shabbat Shalom! Never before have I heard a phrase uttered so frequently and with such positivity save, perhaps, "Yes We Can!" at an Obama rally. I recently visited UW Hillel at the Barbara Hochberg Center for Jewish Student Life on Langdon Street. >More
 Madison Believers: Holy Redeemer Catholic Church worships traditionally in Latin and English, with crowded and jubilant Spanish Mass

Ornate and traditional, with a focus on glorifying Christ, Holy Redeemer Catholic Church offers English, Spanish and even Latin speakers opportunities for worship and community. Inside this weathered stone church, built in 1857 and located just off State Street, a series of elaborate statues, shrines and stained-glass windows portraying Jesus and his followers indicate the Catholic parish's established presence in Madison. >More
 Madison Believers: Islamic Center of Madison Area offers worship and community for Muslims downtown

Plans for building an Islamic center in New York City and mosques in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Sheboygan, Wis., have noisy ignoramuses around the country raising hell against religious freedom during this acrimonious election season. Here in Madison, though, there are several peaceful places where Muslims can share prayer and community. No minarets, no intrusive evangelism, simply unassuming houses of God for those Madisonians who practice Islam. >More
 Madison Believers: Campus Community Church and Red Village share space and sociable approach near UW campus

Tucked just behind Mickey's Dairy Bar near Camp Randall is a small, yellow house with an unvarnished porch. If not for the sign that reads "Campus Community Church," you would never know that an eclectic mix of Christians meets there Sundays for family-room style worship. For some 25 years, the house has served as church for a predominantly Korean congregation. It is now sharing the space, as a small startup church for college students, named Red Village, moved in this year. >More
 Madison Believers: Blackhawk Church combines hip presentation with conservative Evangelical message

Upon surfacing into the cavernous main floor of Blackhawk Church, I asked my friend, "Where's the Orange Julius?" Heavenly skylights arc over a giant hallway that cuts the top floor in two. Well-stocked coffee carts and smiling churchgoers fill the space like a mall food court. Three large worship venues line the atrium, and smack in the center is a round information table, in case you need help finding the Old Navy. >More
 An introduction to Madison Believers

Madison Believers is a very personal project of mine. Every other week, I'll visit a different religious establishment in town and type up my thoughts, essentially reviewing houses of worship around Madison. By review, I don't mean assigning one to four crucifixes for the post-service lobby treats or assessing how good a particular church is for picking up single women. Although both are fine criteria. >More
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