A bishop was ordained in southern Chile on Saturday amid shouts and scuffles between supporters and protesters who accuse him of covering up crimes of a mentor the Vatican has sanctioned for abusing young boys.
Rabbi Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Not quite, but when a Jewish nonprofit asked the Supreme Court justice to write a commentary for Passover, she agreed and added a feminist twist: It would raise up the often overlooked women of the Exodus story.
After decades of trying and retrying, work finally is underway to open Linwood Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, closed for decades, as a hub of community service organizations. “It’s a symbol of hope for the community,” said Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council executive director Margaret May, echoing a chorus of others.
A majority of the church’s 171 regional bodies approved a change in the church’s constitution to broaden the definition of marriage. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), with 1.8 million members, is the largest of the nation’s Presbyterian denominations. The issue is part of a schism locally at the Presbyterian Church of Stanley, where two factions now share a building, pending a civil trial.
The Kansas City Plan Commission unanimously rejected the Catholic diocese’s latest proposal for student housing near Rockhurst University, but that doesn’t mean the plan is dead. This is the third time since 2012 that the diocese has encountered heavy neighborhood opposition to a student housing project on the site of the former St. Francis Xavier School, on the west side of Troost Avenue near 53rd Street.
Last week, the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection at 9100 Mission Road in Prairie Village installed a new digital organ donated by two congregants. The state-of-the-art organ is touted as “the instrument of the future.“
Diego was the shy one in Father Silverio Mura’s class; a 13-year-old, olive-skinned and handsome, who spent his free time indoors watching cartoons. He walked to school alone in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, stopping first to pray to a statue of the Virgin Mary in the rose garden in front of his apartment building.
For someone unaffiliated with any church, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has become an unlikely advocate for the religious, from supporting the right of Orthodox Jews to use oral suction during circumcision to closing schools on Muslim holidays.
As they await their day in court, two factions in uneasy truce share the building of the Presbyterian Church of Stanley in Overland Park. Many members have voted to split from the national Presbyterian Church to join a more conservative church. Both sides say they should get the building at 148th Street and Antioch Road, along with other property.
"I believe in the big bang theory," Suzanne Conaway writes. "I believe in evolution. I am not a Bible literalist. I figure if God put in all that scientific stuff, there wouldn’t be room for the spiritual stuff. So I read science books for scientific truths and the Bible for spiritual truths."