It’s been three years since the Arab Spring broke out across the Middle East. A panel of local experts is gearing up to discuss the current state of the region and the global impact of the uprising—and how that impact even reaches the Ozarks. KSMU’s Shane Franklin spoke with one of the panelists.
The waters were choppy this week between the Ozark National Scenic Riverways—which operates under the National Park Service—and church groups that perform baptisms along the Riverways. As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, the controversy started when someone complained that the federal agency was requiring permits for baptisms in the river.
Last month’s Jehovah’s Witness Convention for Spanish-speaking members brought in an estimated 3,000 people to the area. Officials say another three-day event beginning Friday is expected to attract even more. KSMU’s Amber Carr reports.
A group of about 1,500 Methodists will soon descend upon Springfield for an annual conference next weekend (June 7-10). As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, the conference is more than workshops and breakout sessions--it includes a strong element of community service.
Throughout history and especially in religious texts, the concept of the "heavenly book" has recurred. Dr. Leslie Baynes, associate professor of religious studies at Missouri State University, researched this theme and published "The Heavenly Book Motif in Judeo-Christian Apocalypses, 200 BCE-200 CE."
For the past two years, the Council of Churches of the Ozarks has provided homeless women an emergency overnight shelter called "Safe to Sleep." Romona Baker, Resource Coordinator for Homeless Services at the Councl of Churches, talked to KSMU's Randy Stewart about the shelter, why it's needed, and what resources are needed to keep it in operation.
A baptismal font is a piece of furniture that has been used throughout the ages in churches for the sacred rite of baptism. Baptismal fonts often take the form of a pedestal with a basin of water at the top. An Art History professor at Drury University has received a grant to research a previously unknown group of baptismal fonts that date back to the Middle Ages. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark reports.
Catholics around the world are bidding farewell to Pope Benedict XVI, who has chosen to end his papacy by stepping down officially Thursday. Here in Springfield, Bishop James Johnston, Jr. will celebrate the outgoing Pope with a Mass of Thanksgiving at the Holy Trinity Church in Springfield Wednesday evening. Lately, the Bishop has been taking phone calls and fielding questions about this transition, which is unusual because the Pope is still living. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has more.
Catholics in Springfield, and around the world, woke up to hear the Monday morning announcement: Pope Benedict XVI plans to resign his papal office later this month. Some say they aren’t surprised by his decision. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.
Evangel University plans to host legendary singer/songwriters Bill and Gloria Gaither as part of a two-day lecture series about gospel and worship music heritage on Feb. 12 and 14. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has details.
Springfield will be the site for two conventions this summer that are expected to bring about 9,000 people to the city. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has this story on how this is expected to impact the Springfield economy.
A recently released report says Douglas County and Springfield's 65803 zipcode lead the way in terms of charitable giving in the Ozarks. Find out more with this edition of Making A Difference Where You Live. This program is underwritten by The Community Foundation of the Ozarks.
With the Arab Spring, the face of the Middle East is changing, especially in the nations of Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt. But there's one nation whose conflict continues to escalate: Syria. KSMU’s Shane Franklin had the chance to speak with an expert on the topic in advance of his lecture at MSU Friday.
There are many differences between Republican Todd Akin and Democrat Claire McCaskill, the top two US Senate candidates in Missouri. One of them is the emphasis placed on religion – or lack thereof – on their campaign stops. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has been covering the campaign stops of both candidates this election season, and files this report.
On Monday, College of the Ozarks filed a lawsuit against the US Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury, arguing that the so-called “contraceptive mandate” in the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson spoke with the college president and has this report.
Muslims around the world were upset after hearing of an amateur American film-maker depicting the Prophet Muhammad and referring to all of Islam as a cancer. Many protests were held throughout the Arab world, but none have drawn as much attention as the storming of the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. There, the US Ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, was killed, along with three other Americans. One native of Libya, who has been living in the Ozarks since 1989, spoke with KSMU’s Shane Franklin about her views on this tragic incident.
The only mosque in Joplin, Missouri has burned to the ground. The cause of the fire is still unknown. As KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson reports, the loss of property leaves the Islamic community without a place of worship in its most sacred time of the year: Ramadan.
As the extreme heat continues, people who are homeless are searching for a cool place to stay. The Missouri Hotel and Safe-to-Sleep are homeless care centers, and as KSMU’s Brittany Donnellan reports, they’ve seen an increase in the number of people they serve due to the extreme heat.
With construction almost complete on its new facility, School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school of College of the Ozarks, has selected all of its student body for the upcoming fall. The school’s mission mirrors the university, offering free tuition to students who may not otherwise be able to afford a private Christian education. Seventy students were chosen out of hundreds of applicants. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark files this report.
We are now in the midst of the Islamic tradtion of Ramadan - a time of daylight fasting for Muslims. Dr. Jack Llewellyn, head of the religious studies department at Missouri State University, explains the significance of this observance.
Just weeks after becoming the first person to ever tightrope directly over Niagara Falls, “King of the High-Wire” Nik Wallenda and his family made a stop in the Ozarks. Wallenda, his wife, his three kids, and a few other circus artists are performing at Silver Dollar City until the beginning of August. In addition to walking over Niagara Falls, Wallenda has broken six other world records in tightrope walking. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark went to see the show and files this report.