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Spirituality

September 14, 2001

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Promise Keepers come to KC

Promise Keepers, the international Christian ministry for men, will make its fourth visit to the Kansas City area and its first since 1999 for a two-day conference Sept. 21-22 at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo.

This is the 10th two-day conference event on Promise Keepers' 16-city "Turn the Tide" 2001 tour.

Event organizers expect the event to draw thousands of men from across Kansas and Missouri for a time of encouragement, accountability and biblical principles on living out an "extreme faith."

Individuals and small groups of men from Lawrence congregations plan to attend the conference, according to area church officials.

The event at Kemper Arena will feature music from The Katinas, as well as messages by Promise Keepers founder Bill McCartney and several popular Christian speakers.

For registration information, see www.promisekeepers.org or call (800) 888-7595.

New Unitarian Universalist president aims for growth

The freedom of choice Unitarian Universalism offers attracts spiritual seekers, from atheists to Jews.

But they aren't being drawn in large numbers. Membership is 220,000 among the smallest Protestant denominations in the country.

William Sinkford, above, recently elected as the first black president of the Boston-based Unitarian Universalist Assn., hopes to change that.

The obstacles are many, not the least of which is uniting a denomination with some members who don't even believe in God. Sinkford, who believes in God, argues the church's diversity is a major reason it can grow.

"We have lived the experience that difference need not divide," Sinkford said. "That's a pretty powerful piece of good news for the world outside our sanctuaries."

New pastor joins Assembly of God in Williamstown

Williamstown The Rev. Rick Burcham is new pastor at Williamstown Assembly of God. Sunday was his first day of services at the church.

Burcham comes to Williamstown after serving for 13 years at Caldwell Assembly of God in south-central Kansas. He is the Junior Bible Quiz coordinator for the Kansas District of the Assemblies of God and is on the District Credentials Committee.

Burcham has challenged the congregation to move forward in its plan to build a new facility. The church owns approximately 5 acres at the corner of U.S. Highways 24 and 59, northwest of Lawrence.

Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. and morning worship is at 10:15 a.m. at Williamstown Assembly of God, 1142 Oak St.

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