Less religion, more astrology – part II: The stars say you’re a loser

For young people struggling to embrace their identity, online astrology forums can be a safe space. The use of social media has taken astrology to new heights. Quizzes, guides and other articles written around the Zodiac signs tend to be a running theme on young media sites like Buzzfeed, babe and Refinery29, which are widely circulated on social media platforms.

Facebook groups are popular for users interested in a particular topic, and some of the more dedicated groups can foster a sense of community. Enter “the stars say you’re a loser,” one of the largest and most active astrology communities on Facebook. With 7,000+ members and thousands more added each month, it’s hard to believe that it has only been around for a year.

Jesus wears blue jeans and other stories of near-death experiences

Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, and if I shall die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take

You could say Cynthia Lawson has nine lives. She clinically died from the deadliest kind of heart attack but was resuscitated to tell the tale – recounting details about what exactly happened in the emergency room in the moments that her heart stopped beating. “[The Doctor] looked at me and he said it’s a miracle that you’re here,” Lawson said. She shocked doctors with a play-by-play account of the chaos. And while they were reviving her lifeless body, Cynthia said, she was sucked into a dark tunnel where she was joined by angels, who shared a message.

Could saint candidate be a miracle for UP tourism?

By CARL STODDARD
Capital News Service
LANSING — On a hill overlooking U.S. 41, between L’Anse and Baraga is the towering statue of a man who could become a saint. Frederic Baraga, Michigan’s famous “Snowshoe Priest,” traveled the Great Lakes region in the 1800s spreading the Gospel. He later became the first bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Marquette. Today efforts are underway to determine if his many works make him worthy of sainthood. The process could take years.

Lansing residents anxiously anticipate Easter Sunday festivities

By Kevyn Collier-Roberts
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

For many Christians like Kalen Hulbert and Jesus Battle, they look forward to attending church services on Easter Sunday and spending the holiday with their families. The two Kroger employees are more than anxious to celebrate and receive the day off to spend it with those they love. Hulbert says his favorite part about the Easter holiday is being with his family and attending church on Sunday morning. “My church, the Christian Light Center, puts on a play every year about Resurrection Sunday and after the play the children’s choir sings a few songs. Once the children’s choir is finished with their song selections, we have a Christian dance team that performs for the congregation,” said Hulbert.

Lansing churches not what they were, in more ways than one

By Isaac Constans
Listen Up, Lansing Staff Reporter

It is apparent when meandering through downtown that the urban landscape is dominated by government buildings and churches. And while one makes clear sense in the state’s capitol, the other needs some explication. Churches in Lansing have always been magnets for socialization and meeting places for residents. And despite the falling numbers of churchgoers, the grandiose edifices of worship continue to impact the community. “This is 75,000 square ft.

Diversity: can it be saved in small-town America?

By Courtney Kendler
Holt Journal staff reporter

When you walk into a coffee shop or beauty parlor in Holt, you may not be surprised to see a primarily white demographic. According to statistics gathered from the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau, Holt is 86.3 percent white, 5.6 percent African American and 5.4 percent Hispanic. In that same year, the state of Michigan was recorded as being 78.9 percent white, 14.2 percent African American and 4.4 percent Hispanic. Compared with the state average, Holt has a significantly higher representation of white residents, while the number of African American and other minority groups in the area is lacking. Avni Tokhie, an Indian American and recent transplant to Holt, has taken notice of the lack of diversity in the area.

Getting out of school to study the Bible: released time study is the law

By Diamond Henry
Bath-DeWitt Connection staff reporter

DEWITT — When you think about modern-day public education, religion does not come to mind. In the city of DeWitt, however, that might not be the case. DeWitt Public Schools participates in a program called released time. This program is not school-sponsored, but students in the district are allowed to leave school for up to two hours a month and taken to an off-campus location for Bible study. Not many people are aware of this program.

Michigan ‘religious freedom’ act concerns business leaders

By COLLIN KRIZMANICH
Capital News Service
LANSING — Business leaders in Michigan are wary of proposed legislation that could lead to discrimination against those in the LGBT community. The passage of a similar Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana resulted in a backlash not only from gay and lesbian activist groups, but also business and even some religious leaders. “Economically, it would not be good for Michigan,” said Jennifer Kluge, CEO of the Michigan Business and Professional Association. “It won’t be good for anybody if the economy goes in a negative direction after all the work our legislature and governor have done to move it forward.”

This legislation would provide legal protections for people in Michigan who refuse to provide services to individuals based upon religious beliefs. Opponents of the legislation say it would allow businesses to discriminate against individuals, particularly those in the LGBT–lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender– community.