Roxane B. Salonen
FARGO — Along with their labor, many of the teens involved in the Project Serve event last weekend shared loads of lightness and laughter as they helped the community.
FARGO — Immaculee Ilibagiza's personal spin on the "Eat, Pray, Love," theme would likely be, "Pray, Dance and Bring Flowers."
FARGO — Rick Solarski was only 16 when he started selling movie tickets and sweeping up buttered popcorn for cinema lovers here. Through the years, he's seen a lot of changes in the business, including the relatively recent surge in faith-based films. "It's definitely been an evolution," says Solarski, general manager at West Acres Cinema. "Forty years ago, if you'd said 'faith-based film,' it was likely a Billy Graham Crusade sermon."
NEW YORK, N.Y. — The message Immaculee Ilibagiza will bring to Fargo next month took root in her heart while huddling in a bathroom with seven other women for three months in 1994, at the height of the Rwandan genocide. "It's really about forgiveness and to realize that forgiveness does not mean making yourself a victim," she says. "Forgiveness belongs to you, the person who's been hurt. And sometimes, reconciliation follows."
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — In the third century of the Christian church, in the Roman province of Africa, a theologian named Tertullian wrote of his vision for the people of God. In "To the Gentiles and Apology," Tertullian imagined the world observing Christians in action and saying, "Look how they love one another." This vision will be shared at this year's Redeemed conference, hosted by the Diocese of Fargo and open to all, on April 7 at the Scheels Arena in Fargo — particularly by one of its keynote speakers.
KINDRED — When her daughter Carly started BIO Girls several years ago, Lori Pearson couldn't foresee how transforming it would be. But in one of the weekly sessions, Carly learned about a back-and-forth journaling process — in this case between mother and daughter — that turned a difficult time around.
FARGO — In a windowless, basement room of Sts. Anne and Joachim Church, they gather weekly, religiously, with their spools, fabric and scissors. As the quilters fire up their sewing machines, needles bob and prayers flow. "We like to quilt, we like to sew and we love the fact that (the quilts) are being given away to people from our parish or in nursing homes," says parish quilter Betty Fraase.
FARGO – Jemima Heppner finds herself drawn to the simple, whether in food choices, parenting focus, or prayer approach. “My faith is not complicated,” the 38-year-old says. “It’s something a child could understand, and we’d all do best keeping it at that level, in my opinion.” God is real, she says, and made us for a purpose. Though others may let us down, God won’t.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On the 24-hour bus ride home from our nation's capital, where she'd participated in the 45th Annual March for Life, Shanley High School junior Michaela Doescher was still processing the personal nature of this year's march theme, "Love Saves Lives." "I'm lucky to be alive," she shared through a microphone at the front of bus three, noting that her parents, teens who were young and fearful at the time of her pregnancy, had considered aborting her.
FARGO — He'd just returned from a thrilling elk-hunting trip when Steve Bulat's world began to turn sideways. "I was in great shape and felt great," he says. But at 63, he knew he needed to keep the annual physical appointment his wife, Ella, then a receptionist at Sanford, had made for him. "The bloodwork didn't look right," he recalls. "They thought it might be ulcers or anemia." After some tests at Roger Maris Cancer Center in January 2015, Steve was handed a grave diagnosis — acute myeloid leukemia and an 8-percent survival rate.