Faith and Values

Stu Johnson

This April will mark half a century since the death of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.  In keeping with a decades old observance, hundreds Monday morning marched through the center of downtown Lexington to honor King’s legacy.

As always on the third Monday in January, people representing various organizations marched together preparing for what some say is a pivotal year. 

“The next year in 2018 is really critical.  2017 seemed like a very long year, thanks to our president,” said Kentucky Dream Coalition Organizer Milton-Meza Delossantos.

Ky Pyschologist Says Give Thanks for Gratitude

Nov 22, 2017

With Thanksgiving less than 24 hours away, a Kentucky psychologist says there’s increasing research about the benefits of expressing gratitude.  

Dr Chrissy Logue is public education coordinator with the Kentucky Psychological Association. 

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A central Kentucky church pastor sees significance in Martin Luther’s 95 theses which were offered 500 years ago Tuesday in Wittenberg Germany.  

The professor of theology is recognized as a key figure in the protestant reformation.  Mike Huebner is pastor of Our Redeemer Church in east Lexington.

Lexington’s Muslim community is holding it’s first-ever “Day of Dignity” Saturday.   The event, to be held at Douglas Park off Georgetown Street will take place from 9:00 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon.


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge says Kentucky taxpayers still owe nearly $225,000 in legal fees and court costs to the couples who sued a county clerk for refusing to issue marriage licenses because of her opposition to same-sex marriage.

Lexington council members are being asked to consider signing on to the 'Charter for Compassion,' a document urging the peoples and religions of the world to embrace the core value of compassion.

A presentation on the charter is scheduled during Thursday’s council meeting.

Kentucky will play host to its first River Rock Music Festival this weekend. 

The event Friday and Saturday near Wilmore is the first Christian music festival of this type at a popular Jessamine County venue in five years.

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A group of Lexington Muslims spent a portion of Monday in prayer.  The mosque ceremony was a response to the solar eclipse.

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Hundreds of people gathered in Lexington’s Courthouse Square Monday evening to remember those who died in Charlottesville Virginia this past weekend in connection with a white supremacists’ rally.  

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Five years after the last Ichthus music festival was held near Wilmore, a similar event is planned on the Servant Heart Farm property.  

It is not a re-creation of Ichthus, but, a brand new contemporary Christian music event.

The first River Rock music festival is scheduled for September 15th and 16th on the old Ichthus grounds.

John Hingsbergen

Attendance for Lexington’s Tenth Annual Pride Festival exceeded expectations.  Organizers of Saturday’s event are estimating a crowd of about 30,000 compared to last year’s 25,000.

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A crowd of about a hundred gathered in Berea Monday to show support for a lesbian couple targeted by vandals.  Organizers also used the event to draw attention to the need for a fairness ordinance in the Madison County community.   

Cheri Lawson

A Lexington mosque has been the target of a bomb threat.  As WEKU's Cheri Lawson reports, the Kentucky Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling on state and federal authorities to investigate.

At Lexington’s Masjid Bilal Mosque Tuesday afternoon, prayer leader or Imam, Shahied Rashid is chanting a call to prayer.  

Muhammad Ali’s son, who bears the boxing great’s name, was detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport and questioned about his ancestry and religion in what amounted to unconstitutional profiling, a family friend said Saturday.

Returning from a Black History Month event in Jamaica, Muhammad Ali Jr. and his mother, Khalilah Camacho Ali, were pulled aside and separated from each other on Feb. 7 at the immigration checkpoint at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, said Chris Mancini, a family friend and attorney.

Hundreds Gather in Lexington for 'Interfaith Encounter'

Dec 20, 2016
John Hingsbergen

More than 400 people gathered Monday night in Lexington for a unique holiday celebration. “United in Harmony: An Interfaith Encounter” was held at Historic St. Paul’s Catholic Church downtown.

Refugee families from the Congo and Syria will arrive in Central Kentucky in January under a new resettlement program.

Catholic Charities in Lexington is now a part of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops Refugee Resettlement Program.  Fifty-one refugees, or 10 to 15 families, expected in the first year begin arriving in January.  Federal dollars go to cover lodging, transportation, and food costs for three months.

Kentuckians joined the rest of the nation and the world last weekend in marking the 15th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil.  There were interfaith services, a memorial dedication, and a 9/11 stair climb.

Two Central Kentucky Muslims hold out hope for growing relationships in the next 15 years.

Dr. Nadia Rasheed is an anesthesiologist who was in an operating room when the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon occurred.  She says a television was placed in a common area and all were horrified and scared. 

Ky.’s Presence Felt in Louisiana Cleanup

Aug 26, 2016

    People well outside the borders of Louisiana are responding to massive flood damage in the gulf coast state. That includes a contingent from Baptist churches in Kentucky.

Corbin resident Dave Hampton is leading a crew of 21 to cut out walls, move out appliances, take up floors, pressure wash, and sanitize houses.  He compares the damage to that seen after Hurricane Katrina.  Hampton says neighbors are helping neighbors.  “A lot of times we go out to the house and it’s already half done because the neighbors are helping each other.”

Ground Broken for New Methodist Home for Children

Jul 18, 2016

    A new chapter in a long history is being written by the Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children and Youth.  Monday’s groundbreaking focused on centralization.

For almost three decades, the facility off Versailes road has offered residential services for children with histories of abuse and neglect.  It sits on more than 200 acres.  Now, it’s moving to a 35-acre site in Jessamine County. 

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Former State Senator and civil rights legend Georgia Powers was remembered Thursday during a service at the Capitol Rotunda.   Powers was the first African American elected to the Kentucky senate and a key organizer of the 1964 civil rights march in Frankfort.   KET’S Renee Shaw opened the ceremony as Powers lay in state just a few feet away.  “It is indeed a high honor to participate in this capital farewell to civil rights trail blazer and icon, Senator Georgia Davis Powers,” said Shaw.

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A longtime proponent of abolishing the death penalty, Sister Helen Prejean, brought her message to Lexington Catholic High School students Tuesday. Prejean’s central Kentucky visit comes as public safety officers and community members prepare to pay last respects to a fallen Richmond police officer. 

Ichthus Festival 20-15 Featured Brothers and Sisters in Harmony

Jul 15, 2015
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    After making music for more than 40 years near Wilmore, Ichthus, a once nationally renowned Christian music festival made its debut last week at the Kentucky Horse Park. Bands with a sibling theme made up part of the inaugural lineup this year. 

'Bread of Stone' closed out the first night of the Christian music festival a week ago. The Sioux City band includes two brothers, Ben and Bill Kristijanto who are of Indonesian descent. After playing on Wednesday, the band did an acoustic set Saturday afternoon which included an Indonesian ditty. 

Ichthus Returns: First Time at Kentucky Horse Park

Jul 5, 2015
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What was once the longest running Christian music festival in the U.S. now has a new venue and a new date.  The first Creation-Ichthus festival is happening this week at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Nepal Pastor Speaks Before Central Ky Missions Organizatio

May 20, 2015


Officials with a central Kentucky based missionary program are continuing medical services in Nepal. 

Nepal Pastor Babu Varghese is in the bluegrass to meet with Go International officials in Wilmore.  He says several medical teams have traveled to his country since 2010.  Varghese says health needs in villages are only intensified in the aftermath of the earthquake.  "Many times people are very poor in the villages where they cannot get enough money to go and visit private doctors," said Varghese.

The arrest of 30 year old Antonio Lewis in connection with the April 19 slaying of a Lexington pizza delivery worker is calming some fears among area Muslims.  The body of Salahuddin Jitmoud was found with knife wounds in the breezeway of a Lexington apartment complex.  University of Kentucky Muslim Student Association President Layla Suleiman says the way Jitmoud was killed prompted concern.  "I think that, just the way he died and the way he was murdered, it made us think like it just seemed very personal," said Suleiman.

The bishop-elect of the Catholic Diocese of Lexington says the social needs of his 50 county region call for the church to 'get outside of itself.'  The Reverend John Stowe says during his 15 years on the Mexico-U.S. border, he experienced poverty under different kinds of circumstances. "You know they don't take a lot of things for granted that many of us are able to take for granted; they learn to help each other and that's the most powerful thing,” said Stowe. “There's no allusion that they can do it all by themselves, and I think we can all learn from that."

The pope has named a new bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Lexington.

The founder of a central Kentucky nonprofit says setting aside one day a week to do very little can do a lot to improve one's physical, emotional, and spiritual health.  That's the message from author and Blessed Earth founder Matthew Sleeth.

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For almost 50 years, communities around the country have paused for a day in January to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Bright sunshine and unseasonably warm temperatures welcomed participants to this year's march in downtown Lexington.


The leader of a national mentoring program will offer the keynote address Monday during Lexington's Martin Luther King Jr.celebration. Susan Taylor is making a return visit to central Kentucky for the festivities.

Susan Taylor worked for close to 40 years in media, including time as editor-in-chief of Essence Magazine.  Taylor's National CARES Mentoring Movement program has some 130,000 people serving in that capacity.  "Mentoring is a sure way and an affordable way,and an impactful way of changing even the most challenged young people's lives," said Taylor.