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Mike Rose, pastor at Kansas Wesleyan University United Methodist Church in Salina, plans to participate in the oral history project.

Project seeks to preserve Kansas religious history before it’s too late

Religious studies professor Tim Miller knows that religion is a huge part of the lives of thousands of Kansans, but he feared that these lifetimes of faith would be lost to time.

Hoping to safeguard older Kansans’ experiences in churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples, Miller and several students are pursuing an oral history project to record their memories.

“We’ve collected stories about growing up Catholic in rural Kansas, spending a lifetime as a Kansas Episcopalian, and helping found a new Unitarian organization,” Miller said.

“One student located a few surviving Lawsonians who had participated in a church in Wichita, now closed, that was based on the religious ideas of the eclectic American inventor and social philosopher Alfred W. Lawson. The task is boundless, but we hope to pursue as many stories as possible.”

The interviews, documents, and stories the students collect will be compiled and made available online.

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“We’ve collected stories about growing up Catholic in rural Kansas, spending a lifetime as a Kansas Episcopalian, and helping found a new Unitarian organization.”

—Tim Miller, religious studies professor


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