Council of Churches of the Ozarks

Christ Episcopal Church

On the corner of Kimbrough and Walnut in downtown Springfield sits one of the city’s oldest churches:  Christ Episcopal Church.  Inside, the Reverend Kenneth L. Chumbley, or “Father Ken” as he’s known, is delivering a sermon to his flock.

Father Ken has been here for nearly 22 years, and he says he’d rate the state of civility among Christian groups here in Springfield as “good.”

“It’s healthy. In my experience here, I can think of no occasion when Christians have been uncivil to one another. I think generally, we treat one another very respectfully. I think we generally treat one another as children of God,” Chumbley said.

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Scott Harvey / KSMU

Local faith leaders are condemning racist acts by hate groups that occurred Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Members of Faith Voices of Southwest Missouri on Monday specifically called out white supremacists, nativists, nationalists and Nazis before at least 75 spectators inside the Council of Churches of the Ozarks’ Springfield office.

Bishop Edward Rice of the Roman Catholic Church of Southern Missouri said he was “nauseous” when he saw the images from over the weekend in the media.   

Courtesy of Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Dozens of agency partners with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks will participate in the second annual Give Ozarks Day, a 24-hour online fundraising event.

The event is scheduled from midnight Tuesday until 11:59 pm. Last year, the event raised more than $1 million. Louise Knauer is the senior vice president of communications and marketing at CFO. Knauer byte 1 Time: 7 seconds

“We’re just trying to encourage philanthropy and an awareness of the fact that anyone can participate in this.”

Free Thanksgiving Meals Around the Ozarks

Nov 23, 2015
Springfield Rescue Mission

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, many charitable organizations around the Ozarks are hurrying to put the finishing touches on their free Thanksgiving dinner events. The goal is to give all who need them groceries or a warm meal and the company of others.

Council of Churches of the Ozarks Crosslines is one of those organizations.  It distributed meals Saturday, says Christine Moses, director of marketing and development.

Sunday's shooting in Kansas City has reignited the conversation about anti-Semitism, hate crimes and how to prevent future incidents.  Recent statistics released in an annual report from the Anti-Defamation League suggests that anti-Semitic incidents were down significantly nationwide.  But is this a true reflection of societal changes? KSMU's Theresa Bettmann has this report.