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Faith

Faith Forum: Why do you think so many young people are more comfortable now identifying as non-religious?
June 7, 2014
David Berkowitz, Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation, answers.
Faith Forum: What can faith communities do to help achieve justice in our Society?
May 25, 2014
Joanna Harader, Peace Mennonite Church, and John McDermott, Morning Star Christian Church, answer.
Faith Forum: What does a just society look like?
May 18, 2014
Matt Cox, EastLake Community Church, and Tom Brady, First United Methodist Church, answer.
Faith Forum: Is there a mandate for justice in your scriptures?
May 11, 2014
Mike Scully, Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church, and Mark Rich, Trinity Lutheran Church, answer.
Lawrence congregations move forward with social justice ministry
May 5, 2014
What could happen if Lawrence were a city for justice? That’s what Justin Jenkins, pastor at Velocity Church, asked at a recent meeting of local religious leaders who have come together to make Lawrence what they describe as a more socially just community. The group, which had its orientation in March, includes leaders from 22 local congregations who have been gathering monthly to discuss what the tentatively titled Lawrence Justice Ministry might look like. This month, several of the clergy members will be giving “City on a Hill” sermons in which they will outline to their congregations what the scriptures say about social justice. By Giles Bruce
Dialogue and Friendship Dinner celebrates social responsibility
April 29, 2014
More than 200 Lawrencians of all walks of faith celebrated multicultural tolerance and understanding at the Dialogue and Friendship Dinner Tuesday night at the Kansas Union. The event, sponsored by local interfaith education group Dialogue Institute of the Southwest, the Raindrop Foundation and scientific and spiritual thought magazine “The Fountain,” was held to promote and recognize social responsibility in the community.
Indian tacos raise money, fill bellies at church’s monthly sale
April 3, 2014
Monthly Indian taco sales have been a tradition for more than 30 years at the Lawrence Indian United Methodist Church. Not only do they help the church raise needed funds, they give locals a chance to indulge in an Indian specialty rarely found on restaurant menus. By Sara Shepherd
Faith Forum: What is the significance of Lent?
March 22, 2014
Vincent Krische, Corpus Christi Catholic Church, answers.
Lawrence congregations unite to fight social injustices
March 5, 2014
Several Lawrence congregations have joined to tackle the community’s most prevalent social injustices. Members of the interfaith council, still in its infancy, hope to address the root causes of social problems such as poverty, illness and crime to prevent them from festering. By Giles Bruce
History alone not enough to sustain two AME churches
Merged congregation counts on youth, universal message for strong future
February 22, 2014
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
Faith Forum: Are hunting and fishing consistent with Christian values?
February 16, 2014
Judy Carman, author of “Peace to All Beings: Veggie Soup for the Chicken’s Soul,” answers.
Faith Forum: Why do you think there is hostility between different religious groups in all regions of the world?
February 8, 2014
John McFarland, Christ Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church, and Gary O’Flannagan, Cornerstone Southern Baptist Church, answer.
Born again: Old Lawrence churches converting to new purposes
January 11, 2014
Several pre-1900 Lawrence churches are finding new life after once-thriving congregations abandoned them. Tenants love the typically light, airy spaces, and architecture buffs love seeing the unique buildings carry on, despite often costly and challenging renovations. Here are five of Lawrence’s oldest churches, reborn. By Sara Shepherd
Lighting of ice menorah highlights local Hanukkah events
November 26, 2013
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: I’m supposed to give the blessing at Thanksgiving dinner this year. What do I say?
November 23, 2013
David and Edna Mosher, Unity Church of Lawrence, and Dana Ortiz, Lawrence Family Promise, answers.