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Theologian in Residence program announces 2016 Visiting Scholar in Religion

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

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.

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

Recent changes to Wichita State's chapel sparked controversy

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.

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Haskell group plans road trip to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia

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.

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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.