Faith in the Free State Podcast: Episode 1: Introduction

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Faith in the Free State Podcast: Episode 1: Introduction

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Faith in the Free State Podcast: Episode 1: Introduction

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Using Dr. Dorthy Pennington’s 1982 work on churches in the area, this introductory episode provides a brief description of each church in the area. Dr. Pennington, the humanities consultant for the project, has been studying the African American churches in Kansas for many years and has graciously shared her knowledge with our interns, Emily and Grace. African American churches in Lawrence have a history that goes back to the Civil War. Emily and Grace take a dive into the history of nearly every African American church that has been active in Lawrence in the recent past.

This project is funded by the second of two grants from Humanities Kansas for the Religion in Kansas Project. Humanities Kansas is a nonprofit cultural organization connecting communities with history, traditions, and ideas to strengthen civic life. Additionally, the project is supported by the Friends of the Department of Religious Studies (or FODORS), and the Department of Religious Studies would like to thank the Board members, along with our generous donors, for their unwavering support.

The Religion in Kansas Project is an open access digital archive that creates and curates' online collections of oral histories, digitized ephemera, and digital exhibitions relating to religious experience and diversity in Kansas. Faith in the Free State, a limited-series podcast, will explore the faith and activism of Black Churches in the northeast Kansas region and investigates how Black Churches have served as a place of fortitude in communities. The podcast endeavors to share the evolving ways in which black churches provide spiritual inspiration, cultural strength, and social empowerment to African American communities, offering a compelling living narrative of Kansas religious experience. The podcast aims to focus on how Black Churches in the northeast Kansas area have responded to COVID-19 as well as social justice issues in the past and present. Black churches tell a rich story about identity, faith, community, and the American experience. Communicating Black Churches’ affirmation of cultural survival and dedication to justice contributes to a greater story of American religious experience, sharing a story that is uniquely Kansan and truly American. The podcast brings community and scholarly voices together to offer nuanced narratives about the challenges faced by and the strengths found within black churches today in the Northeast Kansas region.

For further reading of the churches mentioned in this episode, please refer to:
Baker, Jim. “City Churches Trace Roots to Pioneer Days.” LJWorld.com, Lawrence Journal-World: News, Information, Headlines and Events in Lawrence, Kansas, 19 Sept. 2004.
Carr, Margie. “150-Year-Old Church Integral to City's History.” LJWorld.com, Lawrence Journal-World: News, Information, Headlines and Events in Lawrence, Kansas, 3 Mar. 2013.

Fowler, Paul E. “Athens of the West: African American Associational Life in Lawrence, Kansas, 1861-1948.” University of Kansas African and African American Studies Program, 31 Aug. 2016.
Michaelis, Patricia A. “Lawrence in Perspective: Just over the River.” Lawrence Business Magazine.
Pennington, Dorthy. The Histories and Cultural Roles of Black Churches in Lawrence, KS. University of Kansas, 1982.
Shepherd, Sara. “History Alone Not Enough to Sustain Two AME Churches.” LJWorld.com, Lawrence Journal-World: News, Information, Headlines and Events in Lawrence, Kansas, 22 Feb. 2014.

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“Faith in the Free State Podcast: Episode 1: Introduction,” Religion in Kansas Project, accessed September 28, 2022, https://ksreligion.omeka.net/items/show/4646.