Mark Struckhoff

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.

Phil Snider
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.   

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Unity was among the keywords recited during an interfaith service Friday morning in Springfield just as inauguration festivities were beginning in Washington, D.C.

Roughly two dozen faith and community leaders offered prayers, readings and musical selections inside historic Washington Avenue Baptist Church at Drury University. Many called for strengthening goodwill toward others amid a divisive political climate.

Rev. Mark Struckhoff said the purpose was to “pray for love to reign.”