<![CDATA[Religion & Faith News | KansasCity.com &]]> http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/ en-us Tue, 22 Dec 2015 18:12:04 CST http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Tue, 22 Dec 2015 18:12:04 CST Faith 60 interactive-ops@herald-leader.com Catholic Church sex abuse complaints up 35 percent, report finds http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/national/article79378942.html#storylink=rss An audit found 838 complaints of abuse by clergy

The Church spent $153.6 million on settlements

Diocesan bankruptcies incentivize reporting of allegations

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Near Gower, Mo., nuns make beautiful music, top-selling albums http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article79209247.html#storylink=rss Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, have released four albums that have been top sellers

They use money to build and maintain a retreat for priests.

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Sun, 22 May 2016 20:40:48 CDT

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Click a button, get a baptism http://www.kansascity.com/living/article78942182.html#storylink=rss The Church of Scotland is looking into administering Christian sacraments online

The organization wants to boost membership

“It shows that the Church is not behind the times”

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Fri, 20 May 2016 17:19:47 CDT

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Pope warns bishops to consult Rome on new religious orders http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/article78849092.html#storylink=rss Pope Francis is warning bishops that they must consult with the Vatican before approving new would-be religious orders or risk having their decisions overturned.

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Fri, 20 May 2016 12:49:03 CDT By NICOLE WINFIELD ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/article78849092.html
University of Miami gets $2.2 million donation for study of atheism http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article79049077.html#storylink=rss Gift comes from former president and chairman of the modeling school Barbizon International

Study of atheism and secularism is only now starting to emerge as an accepted academic field

“I’m trying to eliminate discrimination against atheists,” said donor Louis Appignani

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Sat, 21 May 2016 12:20:35 CDT

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Johnson County pastor Cynthia Meyer could still face trial as Methodists review gay clergy ban http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article78633827.html#storylink=rss Meyer, pastor at Edgerton United Methodist Church, faces losing her job after coming out to her congregation

Delegates at the Methodist General Conference in Oregon have voted to review the church’s policy

But Meyer and others don’t know what will happen to them during the two-year review

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Thu, 19 May 2016 13:32:33 CDT

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Voices of Faith: Does a believer’s past play a role when joining your faith? http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article78627507.html#storylink=rss Baptized Christians are adopted children of God, created in the image of God.

In the Hindu faith, Sri Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita, “Even if one is most sinful, one could go beyond all sin by spiritual wisdom.”

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Methodists trying to avoid church split over gay rights http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article78496847.html#storylink=rss Struggling to avoid a split over gay rights, the top policy-making body of the United Methodist Church on Wednesday narrowly approved a full review of all church law on sexuality, amid an emotional meeting roiled by talk of schism.

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Twin Cities Archdiocese files plan to settle with abuse victims http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article80189717.html#storylink=rss MINNEAPOLIS-The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed its financial reorganization plan in bankruptcy court Thursday, offering a strategy for regaining financial stability while compensating an expected 400 clergy abuse claims.

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Thu, 26 May 2016 03:00:00 CDT By JEAN HOPFENSPERGER ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article80189717.html
Winfrey explores megachurch drama in OWN series 'Greenleaf' http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/article80001112.html#storylink=rss Oprah Winfrey's latest project as both producer and actress continues her exploration of religion and spirituality.

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Thu, 26 May 2016 11:14:02 CDT By SANDY COHEN ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/article80001112.html
Pastor at Saddleback Church turned his life around while serving 25-to-life terms for double murder http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article79737217.html#storylink=rss LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Danny Duchene dropped to his knees as pastor Rick Warren led a prayer over him, the recently named pastor for Saddleback Church's prison ministry.

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Wed, 25 May 2016 03:00:00 CDT By ERIKA I. RITCHIE ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article79737217.html
United Methodists approve commission to study sexuality issues http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article78979332.html#storylink=rss The United Methodist Church's top legislative body meets only once every four years, so the stakes were high as its General Conference met over the past 10 days in Portland, Ore.

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Fri, 20 May 2016 03:00:00 CDT By PETER SMITH ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article78979332.html
United Methodists approve commission to study sexuality issues http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article78980037.html#storylink=rss The United Methodist Church's top legislative body meets only once every four years, so the stakes were high as its General Conference met over the past 10 days in Portland, Ore.

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Fri, 20 May 2016 03:00:00 CDT By PETER SMITH ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article78980037.html
Kansas pastor could still face trial as Methodists review gay clergy ban http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article78735472.html#storylink=rss The decision Wednesday by Methodist bishops to call for a full review of church policy toward gays and lesbians has been hailed as historic and could deter growing talk of a split in the denomination.

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Thu, 19 May 2016 03:00:00 CDT By DONALD BRADLEY ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article78735472.html
Seniors don't let age get in the way of a good song http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/816-north/article78209667.html#storylink=rss Click to Continue »]]> Tue, 17 May 2016 19:42:38 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/community/816-north/article78209667.html Voices of Faith: What is your bucket list for Christian believers? http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article78267572.html#storylink=rss The Rev. Duke Tuffy, Unity Temple on the Plaza: My suggested bucket list for Christians is the same as it would be for any other person, religious or not.

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Father of Scientology's leader: 'I lost my family' http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article77748722.html#storylink=rss One day in 1969, a father took his son to a South Jersey restaurant to see a man about Scientology. Decades later, the revelations that unfolded there steered the father and son into hinterlands of dysfunctions.

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Sun, 15 May 2016 03:00:00 CDT By JASON NARK ]]> http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article77748722.html
Methodists reject new debate format on LGBT issues http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article77508847.html#storylink=rss Small groups had been proposed as a way to prevent bullying

Many of the petitions to be considered at the convention deal with human sexuality

Gathering continues through next Friday

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Voices of Faith: What is your bucket list for Christian believers? http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article77312847.html#storylink=rss The Rev. Duke Tuffy says to practice forgiveness and have no regrets

The Rev. Bob Hill says a bucket list for Christians needs to be fashioned individually, with an eye toward personal fulfillment and compassionate care for others

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Gay Methodist pastor from Johnson County prepares for fight on global stage http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article76588217.html#storylink=rss Cynthia Meyer, pastor of Edgerton United Methodist Church, came out to her congregation in January

The 12.5 million-member United Methodist Church holds that homosexuality is a sin

If change doesn’t come out of this week’s general conference in Portland, Ore., Meyer could face a church trial

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LGBT issues fill agenda at United Methodist Church’s General Conference http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article76465952.html#storylink=rss Issues regarding sexuality have been discussed at every conference since 1972

More than 100 petitions relating to human sexuality have been submitted to the church’s top governing body

The denomination is growing in Africa, where homosexuality is banned in many countries

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Muslim leaders wage theological battle against ISIS http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/national/article76455882.html#storylink=rss Muslim imams and scholars in the West are fighting ISIS through theology

The battle takes place at mosques and Islamic conferences and over social media

ISIS has noticed – and has threatened the inams and scholars

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Old convent in KCK offers new hope for foster kids http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article76442607.html#storylink=rss A family heavily involved in child welfare starts Blue Door Project to help older foster kids as they near aging out

A catalyst is a young woman who lived in 21 foster homes and attended 13 high schools

The Blue Door will be in an old convent in Kansas City, Kan.

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Faith Walk: We can glorify God by being makers http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article75937927.html#storylink=rss Be it creating art, furniture, food` or whatever inspires us

Like the ancient writers of scripture, we can bless others with what we have made

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A few miles from San Bernardino, a Muslim prom queen reigns http://www.kansascity.com/latest-news/article74838792.html#storylink=rss Zarifeh Shalabi was crowned prom queen after her non-Muslim friends campaigned for her

On the morning of the school vote, they wore hijabis and passed out dozens of the colorful scarves

‘I had no idea how much she is really respected and loved at the school,’ Zarifeh’s mother said

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Voices of Faith: Does our anger exist for a reason? http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article74941282.html#storylink=rss Anger should never turn into rage or violence

Most figures central to faith want us to forgive, tolerate and not be vindictive

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Worshippers seek healing for Kansas City diocese torn apart by sexual abuse http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article73942742.html#storylink=rss The diocese and new bishop have been offering healing services

Leaders say they know the wounds are deep and won’t close easily

Dissenters say the services are only a diversion from work that needs to be done

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Passover, the most beloved Jewish holiday, arrives http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article73572292.html#storylink=rss More than 70 percent of Jews in America take part in a seder, its ritual meal

The holiday teaches “equality, pursuing justice and standing up for the rights of the marginalized”

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Voices of Faith: What is the greatest truth in your faith? http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article73206192.html#storylink=rss To be holy and love mankind?

To realize there is no distinction even between “self” and “other”?

Philosophers will continue to debate these points for eternity

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Ecuador quake survivors cite a miracle: Town’s Virgin Mary statue still stands http://www.kansascity.com/living/religion/article73255567.html#storylink=rss Survival of statue of Our Mother of Monserrate has become a symbol of persistence of a town in Ecuador

Statue arrived in the area in the 16th century

Church is “the pride of this town,” a resident says

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