Faith

Development

Once-blighted corner of 27th and Prospect achieves new ray of hope

The opening of the Morningstar Youth & Family Outreach and Career Development Center was celebrated Sunday at the former blighted corner of 27th Street and Prospect Avenue in Kansas City. Where drunks and drug dealers once tossed bottles and needles, a new facility will offer educational programs for youths and services for seniors.

Olathe & Southwest Joco

Olathe church thrives with East Africa roots

Neema Community Church recently moved from its location in Overland Park to a larger building in Olathe to accommodate its increasing membership. The church has more than 200 members and sometimes sees up to 400 people at a service and draws people from cities ranging from Gardner to North Kansas City to Lee’s Summit.

Local

A century-old KC Catholic school is renovated to house more students

Our Lady of the Angels is now Our Lady of Hope, and it looks a whole lot different on the inside. With the financial support of Lamar Hunt Jr. and his wife, Rita, and through their charity, the Loretto Foundation, the more than 100-year-old school building has been renovated to give students a freshened space when they return to classes Monday .

Faith

Gay pastor agrees to leave her post at Johnson County church

Cynthia Meyer, pastor at Edgerton United Methodist Church, came out to her congregation in January. That’s a fireable offense in the denomination. A policy change that she hoped for at the Methodist General Conference in May didn’t happen. To avoid a trial, she agreed to leave her post at the end of August.

Videos

Volunteers pack food to ‘act in love to combat hate’

Volunteers spent Saturday morning filling sacks with shelf-stable food. The lunches will help fight hunger in the area and aid Harvesters in its work responding to disaster areas.
Laura Bauer The Kansas City Star
Volunteers pack food to ‘act in love to combat hate’ 1:39

Volunteers pack food to ‘act in love to combat hate’

A Johnson County pastor and a Kansas City pastor talk about race 3:14

A Johnson County pastor and a Kansas City pastor talk about race

Thomas Jay Oord talks about temptation 1:26

Thomas Jay Oord talks about temptation

Overland Park Torah procession 1:29

Overland Park Torah procession