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Kansas is religiously a microcosm of the world. All of America’s largest religious families – Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, Lutherans, and so on – are well represented, but so are a legion of less populous groups, including not only such familiar names as Jews and Amish and Muslims and Buddhists, but also Swedenborgians, Spiritualists, Theosophists, Pagans, Lawsonians, and Babsonians, to name only a few.

In the fall of 2009, Religious Studies professor Dr. Timothy Miller inaugurated a fieldwork course that sent University of Kansas students out across the state to interview dozens of members of a broad sample of religions. As of July 2015, the Religion in Kansas Project collection included interviews with over 100 Kansans representing a broad cross-section of faiths. This collection is housed by and made accessible through the Moore Reading Room, which is managed by the University of Kansas Department of Religious Studies, and through this website.

Moving forward, the Religion in Kansas Project seeks to expand its collecting scope to become a comprehensive clearinghouse for resources and information documenting the historical and contemporary role of religion in the lives of Kansans, in both the personal and the public spheres, with an emphasis on making resources available online. We hope to partner with libraries, archives, museums, religious communities, and individuals throughout the state to facilitate the digitization and preservation of resources that document the diversity of religious tradition and experience in Kansas. We welcome you to share your stories, photographs, videos, and other resources by uploading them through this website, or to contact us directly with questions or information.

Contact Us:
Patricia Cecil, Religion in Kansas Project Archivist
E-mail: pbcecil@ku.edu
Phone: 785-864-4663

Recent Submissions

  • Greta Valentine Oral History 

    Valentine, Greta; Smyth, Lev (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2018-10-08)
    Oral history with Greta Valentine conducted by Lev Smyth in Lawrence, Kansas on October 8th, 2018. This interview is conducted with Greta Valentine, a parishioner of Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church, an OCA (Orthodox Church ...
  • Father Joshua Lollar Oral History 

    Lollar, Joshua; Smyth, Lev (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2018-09-28)
    Oral history with Fr. Dr. Joshua Lollar conducted by Lev Smyth in Lawrence, Kansas on September 28th, 2018. This interview is conducted with Joshua Lollar, the priest of Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church, an OCA (Orthodox ...
  • Adam Lockridge Oral History 

    Lockridge, Adam; Smyth, Lev (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2018-06-27)
    Oral history with Adam Lockridge conducted by Lev Smyth in Kansas City, Kansas on June 27th, 2018. This interview is conducted with Adam Lockridge, a parishioner of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, an OCA (Orthodox Church in ...
  • Scott Dunkley Oral History 

    Dunkley, Scott; Smyth, Lev (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2018-04-23)
    Oral history with Scott Dunkley, conducted by Lev Smyth in Kansas City, Kansas on April 23rd, 2018. This interview is conducted with Scott Dunkley, a parishioner of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, an OCA (Orthodox Church in ...
  • Michael Swoyer Oral History 

    Swoyer, Michael; Smyth, Lev (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2018-04-23)
    Oral history with Michael Swoyer, conducted by Lev Smyth in Kansas City, Kansas on April 23rd, 2018. This interview is conducted with Michael Swoyer, a parishioner of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, an OCA (Orthodox Church ...
  • Father Timothy Sawchak Oral History 

    Sawchak, Timothy; Smyth, Lev (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2018-03-23)
    Oral history with Father Timothy Sawchak conducted by Lev Smyth in Overland Park, Kansas on March 23rd, 2018. This interview is conducted with Father Tim, the priest of Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, an OCA (Orthodox Church ...
  • Kaitlyn Carr Oral History 

    Carr, Kaitlyn (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2018-02-12)
    Oral history interview conducted with Kaitlyn Carr on February 12, 2018.
  • Church of the Resurrection, Johnson County Oral History 

    Graves, Kathy; Davis, Bonnie; Davis, Janie; Miller, Timothy (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2018-01)
    Oral history group interview conducted by Dr. Timothy Miller in December 2017 with Kathy Graves, Bonnie Davis, and Janie Davis of the Church of the Resurrection in Johnson County, Kansas.
  • Will Bishop Oral History 

    Bishop, William; Guerrero, Diego A. (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2017-03-22)
    Oral history with Will Bishop conducted by Diego Guerrero on May 16, 2017. A 37 year old KU graduate, college instructor and Idaho native, Will Bishop was born and raised in a Mormon family from pioneer stock. He has had ...
  • Susan Christensen Oral History 

    Christensen, Susan; Guerrero, Diego A. (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2017-03-13)
    Oral history interview with Susan Christensen conducted by Diego Guerrero on May 16, 2017. A 29 year old private school teacher, Susan Christensen is a lifelong Mormon and Kansas native. Her perspective is that of a white, ...
  • Skylar and Jacob Oral History 

    Guerrero, Diego A. (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2017-04-08)
    Oral history interview conducted by Diego Guerrero on April 8, 2018. A young, recently married couple. Skylar is a special education teacher at a private school and Jacob works as a state employee. Skylar has experience ...
  • Dr. Paul Markham Oral History 

    Markham, Paul Leon; Guerrero, Diego A. (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2017-04-08)
    Oral history interview with Paul Markham conducted by Diego Guerrero on March 8, 2017. A 64 year old Associate Professor of Education at the University of Kansas, Dr. Markham is originally from the American west but has ...
  • Dave Buhler Oral History 

    Buhler, Dave; Guerrero, Diego A. (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2017-03-24)
    Oral history interview with Dave Buhler conducted by Diego Guerrero on March 16, 2017. A convert to the Mormon religion, Dave Buhler is a man in his early 70’s who had experience working various jobs and living all throughout ...
  • Beth Buhler Oral History 

    Buhler, Beth; Guerrero, Diego A. (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2017-03-30)
    Oral history interview with Beth Buhler conducted by Diego Guerrero on March 30, 2017. A native of New Mexico and Mormon convert from Roman Catholicism, Mrs. Buhler is a school teacher at a local school and has also had ...
  • Peggy Beatty Oral History 

    Beatty, Peggy; Grender, Aspen (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2016-02-22)
    Oral history interview with Peggy Beatty conducted by Aspen Grender in Lawrence, Kansas, on February 22, 2016. This interview features Peggy Beatty, who offers mindfulness and contemplative meditation workshops at the ...
  • Paul Porter Oral History 

    Porter, Paul; Grender, Aspen (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2016-05-11)
    Oral history interview with Reverend Paul Porter conducted by Aspen Grender by phone on May 11, 2016. This interview features Reverend Paul Porter, a minster in the Disciples of Christ Church in Independence, Kansas. Porter ...
  • Kimberly Hunter Oral History 

    Hunter, Kimberly; Grender, Aspen (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2016-10-28)
    Oral history interview with Kimberly Hunter conducted by Aspen Grender in Rosedale, Kansas on October 18, 2016. This interview features Kimberly Hunter, a resident of Rosedale, who is involved in the Rainbow Mennonite ...
  • Peeter Saarna Oral History 

    Saarna, Peeter; Grender, Aspen (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2016-12-08)
    Oral history interview with Pastor Peeter Saarna conducted by Aspen Grender in Kansas City, Kansas, on December 8, 2016. This interview features Peeter Saarna, a member of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification ...
  • Kitty Degler Oral History 

    Degler, Kitty; Grender, Aspen (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2016-11-19)
    Oral history interview with Kitty Degler conducted by Aspen Grender in Lawrence, Kansas, on November 19, 2016. This interview features Kitty Degler, a resident of Olathe and co-founder of Gaia Community Unitarian Universalist ...
  • Rosemary Williams Oral History 

    Williams, Rosemary; Grender, Aspen (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2016-11-08)
    Oral history interview with Rosemary Williams conducted by Aspen Grender in Olathe, Kansas, on November 8, 2016. This interview features Rosemary Williams, a resident of Olathe and member of the Gaia Community Unitarian ...

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