religion http://kcur.org en The Role Of Churches And Social Clubs In African-American Communities http://kcur.org/post/role-churches-and-social-clubs-african-american-communities <p>In an age before the internet—and in an environment that in some ways promoted isolation and disconnection—African-Americans in Kansas City in the early 20th century still found ways to find connection and community.</p><p>Churches and social clubs have been called the “glue” that held the black community together, alongside families and schools, and a new exhibit at the Black Archives of Mid-America chronicles some of that important history.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li>Michael Sweeney, collection librarian for the Black Archives of Mid-America</li></ul><p></p><p></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:03:25 +0000 Brian Ellison & Matthew Long-Middleton 53302 at http://kcur.org The Role Of Churches And Social Clubs In African-American Communities The Common Objects Among Different Religions http://kcur.org/post/common-objects-among-different-religions <p>It’s no secret that people of different religions often clash over their differences. But when you look closer, the similarities jump out, especially when it comes to significant objects.&nbsp;</p><p>On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, our Religion Roundtable takes a look at why objects such as stones, crosses, bread, drums and incense have places of prominence in spiritual observance and how their function differs in each religion.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:43:17 +0000 Brian Ellison & Beth Lipoff 53223 at http://kcur.org The Common Objects Among Different Religions What It's Like To Be A Religious Minority In America http://kcur.org/post/what-its-be-religious-minority-america <p>Many politicians declare the United States to be a Christian nation-- but it’s not, even though the majority of the population is part of some stream of Christianity. The Founding Fathers, while using religion as a basis for some of their decisions, were very clear about making this a country with no official religion.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 17:51:52 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 51913 at http://kcur.org What It's Like To Be A Religious Minority In America Contentious Views Dominate Female Bishop's Tenure http://kcur.org/post/contentious-views-dominate-female-bishops-tenure <p>The Episcopal Church’s first female presiding bishop has experienced her share of strong reactions to her progressive views on gay marriage, immigration and more.</p><p>In the first part of Tuesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, Katharine Jefferts Schori joins us to talk about her positions on these issues. We also talk about what’s next for the 110 church dioceses she oversees.</p><p><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong></p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:22:43 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 51739 at http://kcur.org Contentious Views Dominate Female Bishop's Tenure Missouri House Gives First-Round Approval To 'Health Care Conscience' Bill http://kcur.org/post/missouri-house-gives-first-round-approval-health-care-conscience-bill Medical personnel who wish to opt out of participating in procedures that violate their religious or personal beliefs are one step closer to being allowed to do so legally in&#160;Missouri.<p>The Missouri House granted first round approval Wednesday to <a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1430&year=2014&code=R">House Bill 1430</a>, which i<span style="line-height: 1.5;">s sponsored by <a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2014&district=110">House Speaker Tim Jones</a>, R-Eureka.&#160; It's one of his top priorities for the 2014 legislative session, and he said it's need Thu, 13 Feb 2014 15:34:24 +0000 Marshall Griffin 51225 at http://kcur.org Missouri House Gives First-Round Approval To 'Health Care Conscience' Bill A Fellowship Of The Questioning And Unbelievers - Oasis http://kcur.org/post/fellowship-questioning-and-unbelievers-oasis <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There is a growing trend of atheists who also recognize the importance and impact of the communal nature of faith based worship. As a result <a href="http://sundayassembly.com/">Sunday Assemblies</a> have popped up throughout the United States. Now their popularity is spurring others to offer even different options, with even less of a focus on communal worship. <a href="http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/kansas-city-oasis-launch">Oasis</a> is one such group that will begin meeting in April. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Laura Ziegler, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 51112 at http://kcur.org Committee To Debate Kansas Religious Freedom Bill http://kcur.org/post/committee-debate-kansas-religious-freedom-bill <p>A committee in the Kansas Legislature could vote this week on a controversial religious freedom bill. It says businesses, individuals and other groups with strong religious beliefs can't be forced to recognize same-sex marriage and provide employment or other services to same-sex couples.</p><p>Michael Schuttloffel&nbsp;is with the Kansas Catholic Conference. He uses the example of a photographer asked to photograph a same-sex wedding ceremony.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 14:13:08 +0000 Stephen Koranda 50680 at http://kcur.org New Documentary Claims Missionaries Are Exporting Anti-Homosexual Values To Africa http://kcur.org/post/new-documentary-claims-missionaries-are-exporting-anti-homosexual-values-africa <p>A new film, now playing in Kansas City, makes a startling case – that American evangelicals, in the name of doing mission work, have triggered something in Africa that’s very different from prayer and worship and medical help for the needy. Instead, the film suggests, they’ve influenced governments and societies to discriminate against gay and lesbian people … or worse.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:30:19 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 47267 at http://kcur.org New Documentary Claims Missionaries Are Exporting Anti-Homosexual Values To Africa Why Wicca Is A Misunderstood Religion http://kcur.org/post/why-wicca-misunderstood-religion <p>Friday, June 21 will be the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. And for one religious group it's a time to celebrate the Oak King falling to the Holly King.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 23:31:12 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Ross Stinemetz 38830 at http://kcur.org Why Wicca Is A Misunderstood Religion Looking At The Larger Context of MLK's 'Mountaintop' http://kcur.org/post/looking-larger-context-mlks-mountaintop <div>Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Mountaintop" speech from Memphis is famous for its ending and because he was assassinated the next day. However, much of the speech doesn't receive a lot of attention today.&nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 38668 at http://kcur.org Looking At The Larger Context of MLK's 'Mountaintop' Rez Downtown Builds Urban Church Community http://kcur.org/post/rez-downtown-builds-urban-church-community <p></p><p>The renaissance of downtown that has happened in recent years has attracted more than restaurants and real estate developers. As more and more people have come to live, work and hang out downtown, churches have also had their eyes on the area.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 22:05:52 +0000 Alex Smith 38688 at http://kcur.org Rez Downtown Builds Urban Church Community Overland Park Mosque Plans Big Expansion http://kcur.org/post/overland-park-mosque-plans-big-expansion <p>Kansas is home to thousands of Muslims, but just a handful of mosques. Mon, 20 May 2013 16:54:29 +0000 Alex Smith 37056 at http://kcur.org Overland Park Mosque Plans Big Expansion The Religious Diet http://kcur.org/post/religious-diet <p>As we find ourselves in the midst of Lent and with Passover on the horizon, the idea of food and the role it plays in various religions is on many people's minds. Why do Catholics not eat meat on Fridays, why do Jews not let their bread rise and why do members of Islam have permanent restrictions on what they can eat?</p><p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 05:00:00 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 33353 at http://kcur.org The Religious Diet Good Samaritans Found In A War Zone http://kcur.org/post/good-samaritans-found-war-zone <p>When three Americans found themselves caught up in the <strong>2003 invasion of Iraq</strong>, they found sanctuary with the <strong>local Muslim community </strong>of Rutba, which <strong>sheltered them, despite their religious differences</strong>. Sat, 02 Mar 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 32801 at http://kcur.org Good Samaritans Found In A War Zone Kansas Army Base Hosts Shariah Class http://kcur.org/post/kansas-army-base-hosts-shariah-class <p>In Kansas, the Islamic code of laws called Shariah has drawn a lot of suspicion and debate during the past year.</p><p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 18:32:01 +0000 Alex Smith 26804 at http://kcur.org Kansas Army Base Hosts Shariah Class Atheists Shed Stereotypes http://kcur.org/post/atheists-shed-stereotypes <p>In Kansas and Missouri, it’s now common for a lot of to politicians to not just proclaim their faith, but to openly push a pro-religious agenda. But for the past year, a Kansas City-based group has been trying to push back, although in a friendly way.</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 18:31:22 +0000 Alex Smith 26023 at http://kcur.org Atheists Shed Stereotypes Drepung Gomang Monks / LGBTQ Youth Activism http://kcur.org/post/drepung-gomang-monks-lgbtq-youth-activism <p>On Thursday’s <em><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard" target="_blank">Central Standard</a>,</em> special guest host <strong><a href="http://kcur.org/people/brian-ellison" target="_blank">Brian Ellison</a></strong> is joined by a group of <strong>Tibetan monks</strong> currently touring the city. We'll talk about their simplistic, yet powerful values. Plus, hear some chants for peace and healing.</p><p>Then, later in the hour, we’ll talk with an ambitious group of young people about <strong>LGBTQ activism</strong> in schools and in the community. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 14:11:18 +0000 Tomeka Weatherspoon & Brian Ellison 24423 at http://kcur.org Drepung Gomang Monks / LGBTQ Youth Activism Religion Roundtable: Weddings http://kcur.org/post/religion-roundtable-weddings <p>Whether as participant or observer, sooner or later we all go to a wedding.&nbsp; And whether under a mandap or chuppah, at the altar or in the parsonage, ceremonies in any faith are marked by one common denominator: a couple embarking on a life together. Fri, 31 Aug 2012 05:16:25 +0000 Brian Ellison & Danie Alexander 23749 at http://kcur.org Religion Roundtable: Weddings Kansas City Sikhs Seek Tolerance http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-sikhs-seek-tolerance <p>While the Wisconsin shooting that took place on August 5th is the most dramatic attack on Sikhs in recent memory, members of the faith often experience harassment and discrimination. On Wednesday evening, Kansas City’s Sikh community hosted a vigil to remember the Wisconsin victims and promote tolerance.</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 17:19:22 +0000 Alex Smith 22728 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Sikhs Seek Tolerance Missouri Amendment 2: 'Right To Pray' Or Redundant Rights? http://kcur.org/post/missouri-amendment-2-right-pray-or-redundant-rights <p>On Tuesday, Missouri citizens will vote on Amendment 2, the so-called “right to pray” ballot measure. The amendment would guarantee Missouri residents the right to express religious beliefs and also would allow students in public schools to pray and acknowledge their religion voluntarily.</p> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 02:48:56 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Brian Ellison 22227 at http://kcur.org Missouri Amendment 2: 'Right To Pray' Or Redundant Rights? KC Catholics Caught Between Vatican And Nuns http://kcur.org/post/kc-catholics-caught-between-vatican-and-nuns <p>In mid-April, the Vatican issued strong criticism of its largest organization for American Catholic nuns, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.</p><p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 16:16:11 +0000 Alex Smith 20385 at http://kcur.org KC Catholics Caught Between Vatican And Nuns Local Presbyterian Pastor Becomes Advocate For Gay Rights http://kcur.org/post/local-presbyterian-pastor-becomes-advocate-gay-rights <p>Probably the most volatile fault line in America&rsquo;s shifting opinion on gay rights is in churches. Both those who support gay rights and those who don&rsquo;t claim that their beliefs are supported by their church&rsquo;s teachings.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 15:18:50 +0000 Alex Smith 19572 at http://kcur.org Local Presbyterian Pastor Becomes Advocate For Gay Rights Interpreting Shariah Law Across The Centuries http://kcur.org/post/interpreting-shariah-law-across-centuries Sadakat Kadri is an English barrister, a Muslim by birth and a historian. His first book, <em>The Trial</em>, was an extensive survey of the Western criminal judicial system, detailing more than 4,000 years of courtroom antics.<p>In his new book, <em>Heaven on Earth</em>, Kadri turns his sights east, to centuries of Shariah law. The first parts of his book describe how early Islamic scholars codified — and then modified — the code that would govern how people lead their daily lives. Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:26:00 +0000 editor 16038 at http://kcur.org Interpreting Shariah Law Across The Centuries Inside The New Mormon Temple http://kcur.org/post/inside-new-mormon-temple <p>On this Wednesday&#39;s <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/centralstandard"><em><strong>Central Standard</strong></em></a>, learn what the erection of the new Mormon temple means for area Mormons, and join us for a virtual tour.</p><p> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 13:00:27 +0000 Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 15799 at http://kcur.org Inside The New Mormon Temple 'When God Talks Back' To The Evangelical Community http://kcur.org/post/when-god-talks-back-evangelical-community While attending services and small group meetings at The Vineyard, an evangelical church with 600 branches across the country, anthropologist T.M. Mon, 09 Apr 2012 15:10:00 +0000 editor 15680 at http://kcur.org 'When God Talks Back' To The Evangelical Community Assailing 'Disobedience,' Pope Says Women Will Not Be Ordained http://kcur.org/post/assailing-disobedience-pope-says-women-will-not-be-ordained In a Mass today at St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Benedict XVI delivered a scathing homily that reiterated the Catholic Church's ban on female priests.<p>He also criticized a group of priests who have called on their colleagues to ignore Rome. NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty filed this report for our Newscast unit:<p><blockquote><p>"On Holy Thursday, the Catholic Church commemorates the day that it says Jesus instituted the priesthood. Pope Benedict took the opportunity to say nothing will change. Thu, 05 Apr 2012 22:43:00 +0000 editor 15524 at http://kcur.org Assailing 'Disobedience,' Pope Says Women Will Not Be Ordained Philosopher Alain de Botton On Religion For Atheists http://kcur.org/post/philosopher-alain-de-botton-religion-atheists <p>Philosopher <strong>Alain de Botton</strong> says it&rsquo;s time for those who believe in religion and those who don&rsquo;t to stop denigrating each other and find common ground on art, community and morality. Mon, 12 Mar 2012 22:00:37 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Brian Ellison 14080 at http://kcur.org Philosopher Alain de Botton On Religion For Atheists Midwest Muslims Work To Change Anti-Shariah Movement http://kcur.org/post/midwest-muslims-work-change-anti-shariah-movement <p>In the last year, a movement to limit or outlaw Shariah, or Islamic Law, has been gaining momentum in the U.S. Legislators in more than 20 states, including Kansas and Missouri, have introduced new laws they say are needed to prevent the spread of fundamentalist Islam. And many of the Republican presidential candidates have spoken out in favor of these laws. According to critics, however, these efforts are anti-Muslim, and in the past couple of months, they’ve been working to change the tide in the Shariah debate.</p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 18:55:25 +0000 Alex Smith 12899 at http://kcur.org Midwest Muslims Work To Change Anti-Shariah Movement The Struggle Over Teaching Evolution http://kcur.org/post/struggle-over-teaching-evolution <p>From the Scopes trial of the 1920s to intelligent design today,&nbsp; <strong>teaching evolution</strong> remains a most divisive issue in America. &nbsp; Across the battlegrounds of pulpits, classrooms and courtrooms, opposing forces have struggled with what the curriculum should include.</p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 14:05:38 +0000 Steve Kraske, Kathleen Pointer & Danie Alexander 12566 at http://kcur.org The Struggle Over Teaching Evolution KC Baha'is Fight Iranian Persecution http://kcur.org/post/kc-bahais-fight-iranian-persecution <p>Every 19 days, members of <a href="http://www.kcbahai.org/">Kansas City&rsquo;s Baha&rsquo;i </a>religious community gather for a potluck and a traditional service they call a feast. It&rsquo;s a remarkable diverse mix of races, ages and backgrounds celebrating a 150-year-old gospel of global unity. But the optimistic spirit of many of Kansas City&rsquo;s Baha&rsquo;is has been tested. Many have fled for their lives in order to practice their religion.</p><p> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 19:22:29 +0000 Alex Smith 9363 at http://kcur.org KC Baha'is Fight Iranian Persecution