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Area congregations to host vigil for Jewish shootings

In the wake of last week's fatal shootings at an Overland Park Jewish community center and retirement community, several Lawrence congregations will gather Monday at 7 p.m. for an "Interfaith Vigil For Community, Solidarity and Hope."

Jewish congregations in Lawrence increase security for Passover services

After news broke about the shooting spree that killed three people at a Jewish community center and retirement complex in Overland Park, leaders of Jewish congregations 35 miles away in Lawrence began taking measures to heighten security at upcoming Passover events. By Nikki Wentling

History alone not enough to sustain two AME churches

Merged congregation counts on youth, universal message for strong future

In the late 1800s tiny Lawrence was home to two thriving AME churches whose congregations, at times throughout the years, numbered in the hundreds. After membership dwindled, St. James in North Lawrence closed and merged with St. Luke in East Lawrence, where a small but lively congregation now looks to ensure it’s solidifying the church’s future. By Sara Shepherd

Lighting of ice menorah highlights local Hanukkah events

The theme of this year’s community Hanukkah celebration is fire and ice, and the key feature will be a menorah made of ice that will be set alight. By Sara Shepherd

Faith Forum: Can religion cure addiction?

The Rev. David Rivers and the Rev. Darrell Brazell answer.

Shamanic healing has a foothold in Lawrence

From 'soul retrieval' to transformative dance, believers say spiritual practice fills a void

Shamanic healing has a foothold in Lawrence, and followers of the practice say it seems to be growing here as it grows in Western culture as a whole. Shamanism is not widely accepted as effective, but those who practice it say it's filled voids in their lives they previously couldn’t quite put their fingers on. By Sara Shepherd

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Ecumenical Campus Ministries pastor Holcombe retiring after 22 years of listening

Thad Holcombe has overseen a capital campaign that raised $835,000, watched a weekly vegetarian lunch program grow to serve hundreds of students and helped provide a place for a retired professor to continue a human sexuality course that had come under attack. But the most important part of his job, he says, has been to just listen. Holcombe, the minister at Ecumenical Campus Ministries just off the Kansas University campus, will retire this summer. By Matt Erickson

Chaplain from Kansas to receive Medal of Honor 62 years after his death

In the cold, barren hills of Korea more than 60 years ago, two teary-eyed soldiers stood in a prisoner of war camp where their chaplain lay dying.

Seder dinner tells story of Passover through food — bitter, flat and otherwise

A holiday story that can be passed down from generation to generation through a slice of horseradish root? Taste can be a powerful thing. A chunk of the bitter root — joined by other symbolic foods — graced each table Tuesday at the Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation’s Seder dinner, the first the congregation has organized in several years. By Sara Shepherd

Church plans parade in new neighborhood

The Palm Sunday celebration at Family Church of Lawrence won’t be a typical service held inside the church building, 1601 New Hampshire St. By Meagan Thomas

Jordan Leroy Hanson is the mustard man

Jordan Leroy Hanson and fellow members of KU Campus Christians hand out more than 400 hot dogs for free on most Friday nights during the school year. Hanson discusses wearing a mustard bottle costume on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011.

ReasonFest organizer Conrad Hudson

Conrad Hudson, organizer of the first ReasonFest held at KU, discusses whether God exists. The two-day event explored atheism and was sponsored by the Society of Open-Minded Atheists & Agnostics. ReasonFest wraps up tonight at a fundraiser at Wilde's Chateau, 2412 Iowa, beginning at 9 p.m. The $2 entry fee will benefit the Douglas County AIDS Project.

Nelson Krueger's Shepherd I trip: Boston

Nelson Krueger, Lawrence resident, was on the flight crew for Shepherd I, Pope John Paul II's aircraft for his first visit to the United States in 1979. The six-day trip started in Boston, where Krueger took the pope's cape and dried it using an air vent.

Nelson Krueger's Shepherd I trip: New York City

During the New York branch of the trip, Krueger and the flight crew had to deal with a bomb threat to the aircraft. Nelson Krueger, Lawrence resident, was on the flight crew for Shepherd I, Pope John Paul II's aircraft for his first visit to the United States in 1979.

Nelson Krueger's Shepherd I trip: Philadelphia

While waiting for the plane to be investigated by drug-sniffing dogs after the bomb threat, Pope John Paul II used Krueger's guitar to play "Silent Night" in the plane. Krueger, Lawrence resident, was on the flight crew for Shepherd I, Pope John Paul II's aircraft for his first visit to the United States in 1979.

Nelson Krueger's Shepherd I trip: Des Moines, Iowa

Pope John Paul II wanted to add a stop in Des Moines, Iowa, last-minute to his flight path because he wanted to visit Living History Farms. Nelson Krueger, Lawrence resident, was on the flight crew for Shepherd I, Pope John Paul II's aircraft for his first visit to the United States in 1979.

Nelson Krueger's Shepherd I trip: Chicago

Pope John Paul II's visit to Grant Park in Chicago prompted one of the largest gatherings of people in the city ever for his mass: 1.5 million people. Nelson Krueger, Lawrence resident, was on the flight crew for Shepherd I, Pope John Paul II's aircraft for his first visit to the United States in 1979.

Nelson Krueger's Shepherd I trip: Washington D.C.

On the way to Washington, Pope John Paul II sat on the jumpseat in the cockpit and signed personal items for the crew, including family Bibles. Nelson Krueger, Lawrence resident, was on the flight crew for Shepherd I, Pope John Paul II's aircraft for his first visit to the United States in 1979.

Nelson Krueger's Shepherd I trip

Nelson Krueger, Lawrence resident, was on the flight crew for Shepherd I, Pope John Paul II's aircraft for his first visit to the United States in 1979. The Pope is set to be beatified on May 1, the last step before he's able to become a saint.

Newspaper Church in a teepee

Lawrence resident Ron Helmick has a teepee on his property on East 15th, where friends gathered Sunday, Dec. 12, for some conversation and what they call Newspaper Church.