Gracia and Martin Burnham were missionaries in the Philippines when they were taken hostage by a Muslim extremist group. After a year of being held captive, Martin was killed and Gracia was wounded during a rescue attempt. In the 15 years since, Gracia has traveled the world speaking about her ordeal.
Pope Francis' long awaited document on family life amounts to an exultation of traditional marriage while recognizing that life, in his own words, isn't always "perfect." Yet rather than judging, he commanded, the church should be a pillar of support.
The ecumenical Eighth Day Institute that seeks to renew culture through faith and learning is using the Paris Climate Conference and Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on the environment as a backdrop to its 2016 symposium, “Soil and Sacrament: The World as Gift.”
Wichita State University President John Bardo, responding for the second time since Monday to criticism about the school’s renovated chapel, asked a committee to study interfaith chapel practices nationally, and to consult with campus and community people concerned.
Linda K. Wertheimer, an award-winning journalist, examines how several communities across the nation, including Wichita, dealt with religious-engendered controversies in their public schools and the fallout that followed.