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Community open house planned Saturday at Islamic Center

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 11:28:07 -0500

Members of the Lawrence and University of Kansas Muslim community are planning a “neighborly” event this weekend. A community open house is set for 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Islamic Center of Lawrence.

Whether it be jail issues or racism, Justice Matters vows to be voice of the 'unheard'

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0600

As it looks to its fourth year since its formation, the Lawrence interfaith group Justice Matters points to victories won through its mobilization of “people power” and vows to carry on the fight for advances on local issues its members have identified.

KU Student Senate forming committee to address rights for religious minorities on campus

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:22:53 -0500

The University of Kansas Student Senate is forming an ad hoc committee to explore and improve issues faced by religious minorities on campus.

Banners supporting Black Lives Matter unfurled at Ecumenical Campus Ministries

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:23:51 -0500

Two banners were unfurled Sunday in the front of the Ecumenical Campus Ministries building in support of the Black Lives Matter movement after a series of speakers spoke out against white privilege and systematic racial oppression.

Lesbian pastor, United Methodist Church agree to separation

Sat, 20 Aug 2016 17:54:30 -0500

A lesbian pastor has agreed to go on involuntary leave from her United Methodist Church in Edgerton to avoid a church trial over her sexual orientation.

Justice Matters event to feature nationally known religious scholar

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 15:11:01 -0500

Justice Matters, a consortium of local religious organizations working to address justice issues, will host an "evening to dance, sing, reflect and support justice" Thursday at 7 p.m. at Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts St.

Ecumenical Campus Ministries regains tax-exempt status

Tue, 31 May 2016 00:00:00 -0500

After operating roughly a year without its tax-exempt status, Ecumenical Campus Ministries has regained its 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS, leaders say.

Theologian in Residence program announces 2016 Visiting Scholar in Religion

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 15:53:14 -0500

The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, a "leading Christian thinker on issues of gender, sexuality and trauma," will pay a visit to Lawrence early this month as the Theologian in Residence program's 2016 Visiting Scholar in Religion, the program announced Monday.

Man convicted in Jewish site killings sentenced to death

Tue, 10 Nov 2015 18:59:48 -0600

A judge followed a jury’s recommendation and sentenced an avowed anti-Semite to death Tuesday for the fatal shootings of three people at Kansas Jewish sites. Johnson County District Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan imposed the sentence for Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., who was convicted of one count of capital murder, three counts of attempted murder, and assault and weapons charges for the April 2014 shootings in Overland Park.

Quiet spaces: Danforth Chapel, Reflection Room cover religious bases on KU campus

Mon, 09 Nov 2015 00:00:00 -0600

At Wichita State, renovations to the on-campus chapel sparked anger, and anti-Muslim comments propelled the story into national news. At Kansas University, there are two separate on-campus spaces designated for prayer or meditation, and both — while drastically different — seem to have evolved without public controversy.

Haskell group plans road trip to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia

Wed, 23 Sep 2015 13:06:25 -0500

Connor Veneski was raised Catholic but only recently started to get more involved in the church. His inspiration, he said, has been Pope Francis, the “humble,” proletariat-friendly Latin American pope who took over the papacy in 2013. “Seeing him sparked it in me,” said Veneski, a Haskell Indian Nations University junior and Cayuga Nation of New York tribe member from Yuma, Ariz. “You look at Mother Teresa, she had her own time, so now I was looking for some kind of leader.” Veneski is part of a two-van cohort of Haskell students and affiliates who plan to hit the road Friday afternoon and drive nearly 20 hours to see Pope Francis Sunday in Philadelphia. Haskell Catholic Campus Center is sponsoring the trip for the students and a handful of other church family members. By Sara Shepherd

Nuns on the Bus bringing message of inclusion to Kansas in advance of Pope Francis' visit to U.S.

Fri, 11 Sep 2015 15:11:11 -0500

Sister Simone Campbell, who leads the national Catholic social justice lobby group called NETWORK, will bring her "Nuns on the Bus" tour to Topeka on Saturday where she and other nuns will visit a homeless shelter and hold a town hall meeting. The group's "Bridge the Divide" tour is stopping in several state capitals in the central U.S. in advance of Pope Francis' visit to Washington. By Peter Hancock

KU designates 'reflection room' for students of all faiths or no faith to pray, meditate

Sun, 28 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500

A corner inside the library. An empty classroom. A low-traffic stairwell. Shegufta Huma said she and other Muslim students at Kansas University have had to use those and whatever other spaces they can find for the 10- to 15-minute prayer sessions they pause for multiple times a day. That will change starting this fall. Alcove A, a small conference room in the Kansas Union, will be reserved as a non-denominational “reflection room” for Muslim and any other KU students, faculty or staff to pray or meditate while on campus. By Sara Shepherd

Lawrence religious organizations joining to 'go upstream'

Sun, 08 Feb 2015 22:09:26 -0600

The Rev. Verdell Taylor explains the difference between mercy and justice with a fable. In it, a man goes to the river every day and rescues a baby who has drifted downstream in a basket, said Taylor, of St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church. Taylor calls that an act of mercy. Justice would involve going up river to determine the cause and fixing the problem. By Caitlin Doornbos

Local religious leaders begin new organization focusing on local justice issues

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:56:19 -0600

Religious leaders in Lawrence have founded a new organization tasked with addressing local justice issues.

For Jewish KU students, local Rosh Hashana celebrations make Lawrence feel like home

Sun, 21 Sep 2014 20:39:56 -0500

KU's roughly 2,000 Jewish students, as well as as the Jewish community in Lawrence as a whole, will have plenty of opportunities to celebrate Rosh Hashana later this week. KU Chabad, KU Hillel and the Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation are all having activities to kick off the Jewish new year, which is Thursday. By Giles Bruce

Lawrence Justice Ministry to begin citywide listening process Monday

Sun, 21 Sep 2014 20:34:12 -0500

The Lawrence Justice Ministry will kick off a six-month listening process Monday that will consist of small-group meetings in people's homes, as well of canvassing of neighborhoods, to pinpoint which social-justice issues the group should work to solve. The ministry hopes to hear from at least 1,500 residents. By Giles Bruce

First-ever Torah scroll written in Lawrence to be started at Sunday ceremony

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:55:00 -0500

The Jewish community in Lawrence will have a special opportunity to buy a letter in a Torah scroll and see it written at a Torah-writing ceremony at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Chabad Center, 1203 W. 19th St.

Supreme Court says some businesses may refuse to offer contraceptives

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:48:44 -0500

The Supreme Court dealt a setback to President Obama’s health-care law Monday and ruled that Christian business owners with religious objections to certain forms of birth control may refuse to provide their employees with insurance coverage for contraceptives.

Catholic bishops hint at changes in voting guide

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:14:49 -0500

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted this month to begin making "minor changes" to a document meant to guide Catholic voters in U.S. elections. The changes may reflect the more moderate teachings of Pope Francis I, but bishops in Kansas are still stressing conservative ideals on issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage. By Peter Hancock