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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

  • Religious Collections in Kansas 

    Hobson, Katie; Bowman, Nathan; Claxton, Haley; Kolavalli, Chhaya; Brown, Diana; Manley, Katie; Stratton, Emily; Fisher Isaacs, Melissa (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2015)
    During the summers of 2014 and 2015, the Summer Fieldwork interns for the Religion in Kansas Project visited small repositories--mostly county historical societies and public libraries--across the state of Kansas to compile ...
  • Kelsang Namdrol Oral History 

    Namdrol, Kelsang; Bowman, Nathan (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2015)
    Oral history interview with Kelsang Namdrol, an ordained nun in the New Kadampa Tradition and director of the Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Center in Wichita, Kansas. This interview was conducted on June 19, 2015, at Kalpa ...
  • David Whitaker Oral History 

    Whitaker, David; Bowman, Nathan (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2015)
    Oral history interview with David Whitaker, member of the Kansas Zen Center in Lawrence, Kansas. This interview was conducted on July 24, 2015, at Smith Hall on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, Kansas. This ...
  • Mike Malcolm Oral History 

    Malcolm, Mike; Bowman, Nathan (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2015)
    Oral history interview with Mike Malcolm, co-director of Wichita Karma Thegsum Chöling (KTC) in Wichita, Kansas. This interview was conducted on July 16, 2015, at Malcolm’s home in Wichita, Kansas which is also the location ...
  • Liz Lawlor and Don Riley Oral History 

    Lawlor, Liz; Riley, Don; Bowman, Nathan (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2015)
    Oral history interview with Liz Lawlor and Don Riley of Southwind Sangha, an affiliate of the Soto Zen Buddhist Association, in Wichita, KS. This interview was conducted on June 20, 2015, at Panera Bread near the group’s ...
  • Chuck Stanford Oral History 

    Stanford, Chuck; Bowman, Nathan (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2015)
    Oral history interview with Lama Chuck Stanford, co-founder and director of the Rime Buddhist Center in Kansas City, Missouri. This interview was conducted on June 4, 2015, at a Starbucks near Stanford’s home in Southern ...
  • Kansas Cowboy Church Survey 

    Claxton, Haley (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2015)
    As part of her 2015 summer fieldwork internship with the Religion in Kansas Project, Haley Claxton conducted a survey of congregation members of the five Kansas Cowboy churches that she studied. The survey was distributed ...
  • John Paul Oral History 

    Paul, John; Claxton, Haley (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2015)
    Oral history interview with John Paul conducted by Haley Claxton at God’s Country Cowboy Church in Haysville, Kansas, on June 28, 2015. This interview features Pastor John Paul of God’s Country Cowboy Church. Pastor Paul ...
  • Frances Garrett Oral History 

    Garrett, Frances; Claxton, Haley (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2015)
    Oral history interview with Frances Garrett conducted by Haley Claxton at Rutlader Outpost Cowboy Church in Louisburg, Kansas, on June 15, 2015. This interview features Francis Garrett; Ms. Garrett is a member of the ...
  • Chris Bray Oral History 

    Bray, Chris; Claxton, Haley (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2015)
    Oral history interview with Chris Bray conducted by Haley Claxton at Prairie Trail Cowboy Church in Haysville, Kansas, on June 28, 2015. This interview features Pastor Terry Newell, Senior Pastor of Crossroads Cowboy Church. ...
  • Carl Garrett Oral History 

    Garrett, Carl; Claxton, Haley (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2015)
    Oral history interview with Carl Garrett conducted by Haley Claxton at Rutlader Outpost Cowboy Church in Louisburg, Kansas, on June 15, 2015. This interview features Carl Garrett, the Senior Pastor of Rutlader Outpost ...
  • Scott and Teresa Day Oral History 

    Day, Scott; Day, Teresa; Claxton, Haley (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2015)
    Oral history interview with Scott and Teresa Day conducted by Haley Claxton at Day Insurance in Topeka, Kansas, on June 22, 2015. This interview features a married couple, Scott Day and Teresa Day, who are members of ...
  • Terry Newell Oral History 

    Newell, Terry; Claxton, Haley (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2015)
    Oral history interview with Terry Newell conducted by Haley Claxton at Day Insurance in Topeka, Kansas, on June 22, 2015. This interview features Pastor Terry Newell, Senior Pastor of Crossroads Cowboy Church. He discusses ...
  • Tresa Mote Oral History 

    Mote, Tresa; Garrett, Carl; Claxton, Haley (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2015)
    Oral history interview with Tresa Mote conducted by Haley Claxton at Rutlader Outpost Cowboy Church in Louisburg, Kansas, on June 15, 2015. This interview features Tresa Mote, band director of Rutlader Outpost Cowboy Church. ...
  • Stan Norman Oral History 

    Norman, Stan; Claxton, Haley (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2015)
    Oral history interview with Stan Norman conducted by Haley Claxton on June 28, 2015. This two-part interview features Pastor Stan Norman of New Trail Fellowship in Abilene, Kansas. Pastor Norman discusses the start of New ...
  • Mike Nichols Oral History 

    Nichols, Mike; Brown, Diana (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2014)
    Oral history interview with Mike Nichols conducted by Diana Brown at the Latte Land coffee shop in Kansas City, Kansas, on July 6, 2014. Mike is the author of The Witches’ Sabbats, taught classes on Paganism for decades, ...
  • Marilyn Evans and Jonathan Hutchins Oral History 

    Evans, Marilyn; Hutchins, Jonathan; Brown, Diana (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2014)
    Oral history interview with Marilyn Evans and Jonathan Hutchins at their home in Kansas City on July 20, 2014. Marilyn edited and Jonathan was on the staff of the second incarnation of The Rune, a Pagan magazine published ...
  • Cheryl Locke Oral History 

    Locke, Cheryl; Brown, Diana (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2014)
    Oral history interivew with Cheryl Locke conducted by Diana Brown at Mike Nichols' apartment in Kansas City on July 30, 2014. Cheryl runs a coven, and is involved with the running of Gaea Goddess Gathering, a weekend of ...
  • Shiloh Williams Oral History 

    Williams, Shiloh; Brown, Diana; Nichols, Mike (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2014)
    Oral history interview with Shiloh Williams conducted by Diana Brown at a Starbucks coffee shop in Overland Park, Kansas, on July 31, 2014. Shiloh helps run Gaea Goddess Gathering, a weekend of Pagan workshops and rituals ...
  • Kyle Wyatt Oral History 

    Wyatt, Kyle; Brown, Diana (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2014)
    Oral history interview with Kyle Wyatt conducted by Diana Brown at the Java Break coffee shop in Lawrence, Kansas, on June 24, 2014. Kyle is from Atchison, Kansas, attended Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, ...

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Lawrence, KS 66045