To the editor:
Shortly after coming to Kansas University in 1969, I learned of and became associated with Ecumenical Christian Ministries (ECM) near the campus. First and foremost, ECM was a space where students and others could search their faiths, question their faiths and live their faiths in an open and inviting atmosphere.
In the ’70s, ECM became a safe space for those seeking and advocating for racial equality, for those who had deep convictions regarding the war in Vietnam and for those who were seeking a voice for the LGBT community. Violence was right outside of the door, but never invaded the ECM building.
Over the years, it has continued to be a place where all voices can be heard, where questioning is valued and encouraged, where knowledge is valued and where difference and diversity will find a safe place. ECM is about to complete its capital campaign to provide improvements to its facility and insure the presence of ECM in the lives of students and the Lawrence community for the future. It is an anchor in the lives of many students and a continuing presence for many people in Lawrence. I would encourage anyone who values ECM and cares for its role in the community to support our campaign as it comes to an end on May 24. If we reach our financial goal we qualify for a significant grant opportunity that will make our efforts a success.