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KU Dining Services, KU Chabad team up to open university's first kosher kitchen

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0600

Oliver Hall is now home to the “first entirely kosher kitchen” on the University of Kansas campus, KU announced recently.

Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation to host Blintz Brunch this weekend

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 14:54:13 -0500

The Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation will host its 54th annual Blintz Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the LJCC, 917 Highland Drive.

In wake of shootings, KU's Chabad House launches campaign to inspire random acts of kindness

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500

With the tragedies of the Las Vegas and downtown Lawrence shootings still weighing heavily on the University of Kansas campus, KU’s Chabad House launched a campaign for positivity about three weeks ago that’s still going strong.

Lawrence church hosting active-shooter response training designed for business, organization leaders

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0500

A Lawrence church is hosting an upcoming active shooter response training workshop for members of the public.

Vandals cut cross off Lawrence's Indian United Methodist Church

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:03:28 -0500

When Esther Harjo arrived last Thursday at the Lawrence Indian United Methodist Church to begin preparations for the congregation's monthly taco dinner, she thought she saw a body on the ground.

Ex-Westboro Baptist Church member discusses her book, her estranged family and life after leaving

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Libby Phelps Alvarez, 34, has written a book about growing up in the Westboro Baptist Church — and what made her decide to leave at age 25 and start a new life for herself in Lawrence. Here, in an edited and condensed version of the Journal-World's interview with the first-time author, the surprisingly bubbly and, for lack of a better word, normal Phelps Alvarez speaks openly about her childhood, her life post-WBC and why she still holds out hope for her estranged family. (Even "Gramps," as Phelps lovingly refers to the late founder of Westboro Baptist Church, supposedly had a change in heart just before his death.)

Northeast Kansas archdiocese to sever ties with Girl Scouts over 'virtues and values'

Mon, 01 May 2017 18:24:56 -0500

The archdiocese covering the Kansas City, Kan., region and much of the eastern part of the state said Monday it is severing ties with Girl Scouts and urging an end to cookie sales, citing philosophical concerns with the organization.

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