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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

  • Peggy Beatty Oral History 

    Beatty, Peggy (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2016-02-22)
  • Paul Porter Oral History 

    Porter, Paul (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2016-05-11)
  • Kimberly Hunter Oral History 

    Hunter, Kimberly (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2016-10-28)
  • Peeter Saarna Oral History 

    Saarna, Peeter; Grender, Aspen (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2016-12-08)
  • Kitty Degler Oral History 

    Degler, Kitty (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2016-11-19)
  • Rosemary Williams Oral History 

    Williams, Rosemary (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2016-11-08)
  • Ken Roper & Mika Roper Oral History 

    Roper, Ken; Roper, Mika; Grender, Aspen (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2016-12-06)
  • Joy Smith Oral History 

    Smith, Joy; Grender, Aspen (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2016-04-21)
  • Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan Oral History 

    Oglesby-Dunegan, Sarah; Grender, Aspen (Religious Studies Department, University of Kansas, 2016-03-29)
    Fair trade
  • 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 ...

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