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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

  • Will Bishop Oral History 

    Bishop, Will; Guerrero, Diego A. (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2017-03-22)
    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 the experience of living in various parts of the U.S., all with varying ...
  • Susan Christensen Oral History 

    Christensen, Susan; Guerrero, Diego A. (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2017-03-13)
    A 29 year old private school teacher, Susan Christensen is a lifelong Mormon and Kansas native. Her perspective is that of a white, old stock (polygamist pioneer descent), orthodox Mormon, but also that of a political ...
  • Skylar and Jacob Oral History 

    Guerrero, Diego A. (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2017-04-08)
    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 growing up in the Southwest, where a particularly interesting type of ...
  • Dr. Paul Markham Oral History 

    Markham, Paul; Guerrero, Diego A. (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2017-04-08)
    A 64 year old Associate Professor of Education at the University of Kansas, Dr. Markham is originally from the American west but has lived for two decades in Kansas. A lifelong member of the church, Dr. Markham is incredibly ...
  • Dave Buhler Oral History 

    Buhler, Dave; Guerrero, Diego A. (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2017-03-24)
    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 the continental USA. He’s been atraveling salesman, a realtor and a commercial ...
  • Beth Buhler Oral History 

    Buhler, Beth; Guerrero, Digeo (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2017-03-30)
    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 the opportunity to experience many of the various changes that have occurred in the history ...
  • 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; 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 ...
  • Ken Roper & Mika Roper Oral History 

    Roper, Ken; Grender, Aspen; Roper, Mika; Grender, Aspen (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2016-12-06)
    Oral history interview with Ken and Mika Roper conducted by Aspen Grender in Lawrence, Kansas, on December 6, 2016. This interview features Ken and Mika Roper (husband and wife), who are members of Soka Gakkai International ...
  • Joy Smith Oral History 

    Smith, Joy; Grender, Aspen; Grender, Aspen (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2016-04-21)
    Oral history interview with Joy Smith conducted by Aspen Grender in Lawrence, Kansas, on April 21, 2016. This interview features Joy Smith, a Sunday school teacher, “bus captain”, and church pianist at the Heritage Baptist ...
  • Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan Oral History 

    Oglesby-Dunegan, Sarah; Grender, Aspen; Grender, Aspen (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2016-03-29)
    Oral history interview with Reverend Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan conducted by Aspen Grender in Topeka, Kansas, on March 29, 2016. This interview features Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan, the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship ...
  • 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 ...

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