Faith Files

New evidence in military religious freedom case

This is from the Associated Press today:By JOHN MILBURN Associated Press Writer TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A religious freedom foundation has uncovered evidence it says bolsters its federal lawsuit claiming that the military is permitting widespread violations of religious freedom at installations ...

Author to discuss women who ‘do too much’

Patricia Sprinkle thinks some women simply do too much."Women tend to be nurturers, either by nature or by training," she says. " Therefore, I find that women often do too much because other people impinge on our lives more than they seem to do on men's lives. You don't find many male lawyers ...

Lutherans celebrate 100 years of campus ministry

Shawn Norris figures not much has changed through 100 years of Lutherans providing ministry on college campuses."Worship is still at the heart of what we do, with students learning and growing and serving as disciples," says Norris, director of Lutheran Campus Ministry at Kansas University. "We ...

Addition planned for Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi Catholic Church is about to break ground on a $3.6 million addition to its campus in West Lawrence.Church members will gather at 6:30 Thursday evening at the church, 6001 Bob Billings Parkway, for a ceremony kicking off construction.The new facility, which will be a free-standing ...

$2.9 million award in Fred Phelps suit

This from the Associated Press wire this afternoon:BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal jury on Wednesday awarded the father of a fallen Marine $2.9 million in compensatory damages after finding an anti-gay Kansas church and three of its leaders liable for invasion of privacy and intent to inflict ...

TV series examines world issues through faith

What would Jesus do today?It's a new spin on a question first posed in 1896 by Topeka minister Charles Sheldon in his book "In His Steps."Starting tonight, Topeka's public television station will begin airing a series of locally produced documentaries that examine contemporary issues through ...

Rare young pastor to be ordained in Lawrence

Something of an anomaly will occur Sunday in Lawrence - a pastor under the age of 30 will be ordained.The Rev. Josh Longbottom, the 29-year-old associate pastor at Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt., has his ordination service scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday. He is a native of Manhattan and ...

Day of Prayer and Reflection is Sunday

Going into its third year, Lawrence's Day of Prayer and Reflection might not be a huge religious rally.The convocation in South Park - where people of all faiths are encouraged to gather and talk about how their beliefs can help those in need - has drawn only about 20 people each of the past ...

Religious implications in Korea over KU degree controversy

The national outrage in South Korea over an art curator who allegedly faked degrees from Kansas University and Yale now apparently has religious implications.Shin Jeong-ah has been accused of faking degrees to get her jobs as art professor at Dongguk University and curator for the Sunggok ...

Clay Aiken concert causes stir in Wichita church

This from today's [Wichita Eagle][1]:Apparently, Central Christian Church, Wichita's largest Protestant congregation, is facing some controversy over its decision to have former "American Idol" star Clay Aiken play a Christmas concert there.The National Enquirer reports this week that "the ...

It’s time for Pagan Pride

As Lawrence-area pagans gather Saturday for the city's first Pagan Pride event, they have some misconceptions they want to clear up.Like, for instance, what a "pagan" is."There are two huge misunderstandings about our religion," says Kerry Johnson, who is organizing the event. "The biggest one ...

Conference hopes to expand Bible translations

It might be a conference about translating the Bible, but David Collins compares it to a rock concert."Consider the rock star," he says. "The fans buy the rock star's music because they love to listen to it, and when in concert the fans cheer the rock star in person."Well, those of us who ...

KC, area churches entering into immigration debate

Daniel Romero thinks the people of God have an obligation to help illegal immigrants whose families face being split up by deportation."The faith community realizes there are higher laws, such as saving lives or saving children," Romero said. "With the kinds of conditions the families we're ...

Christian book recommendations

Signs of Life Books, 722 Mass., has put together a "Terrific Ten," which it describes as "10 books we think belong in everyone's library."They are:¢ "Desiring God" by John Piper¢ "True Spirituality" by Francis Schaeffer¢ "Trusting God" by Jerry Bridges¢ "Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis¢ ...

Danforth Chapel open house is Saturday

Danforth Chapel is back in business.The newly remodeled and expanded chapel at Kansas University started playing host to weddings again in early September. On Saturday, it will open its doors for a rededication and open house.The dedication - an invitation-only event - is at 2:30 p.m. The ...

Christian hip-hop group offers rap alternative

Nick Smith says God spoke to him in prayer in 2003."The Lord spoke to me in prayer to start a Christian rap group," Smith says. "He made it clear to me that I was to go after the people who listen to the pretty-boy rappers, and provide them with an alternative that's not preaching sex, drugs ...

Busy weekend planned at Trinity Lutheran

This will be a busy weekend at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1245 N.H. On Saturday, the church is hosting a regional workshop for the Stephen Series Caring Ministry. That runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.Stephen Ministry trains members of churches to provide extended care to those in need, such as those ...

Jewish High Holidays, Ramadan start today

The Jewish High Holidays kick off at sundown tonight, when Rosh Hashana - the Jewish New Year - begins.There are seven holidays between now and Oct. 5, according to [Chabad.org][1], the Web site for the Jewish organization Chabad Lubavich. Those include Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which ...

How will Olympics affect Chinese human rights?

With less than a year until the 2008 summer Olympics in China, you might think the Chinese government - with a troubled history of human rights abuses - would be cleaning up its act in preparation for the global spotlight.But John Kennedy, an assistant professor of political science at Kansas ...

Saint Margaret’s pastor is leaving

The leader of one of Lawrence's largest and fastest-growing churches is leaving for Texas.The Rev. Darrel Proffitt, lead pastor of Saint Margaret's Episcopal Church, 5700 W. Sixth St., has announced he'll become the rector at Church of the Holy Apostles in Katy, Texas, a suburb of ...