Faith and Values

4:16pm

Wed November 2, 2011
Faith and Values

Hindu Leader Demands Apology from Williams

A religious leader is calling on Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams to apologize for his recent controversial remarks criticizing Democratic Governor Steve Beshear for participating in a Hindu ceremony.Earlier this week, Williams said Beshear, who is a Christian, committed idolatry and was whorshipping “false gods” for joining community leaders in a ground blessing for an Indian-owned company.

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1:09pm

Mon October 24, 2011
Faith and Values

Immigration Before the State Council of Churches

Immigration is the focal point of this week’s 64th annual assembly of the Kentucky Council of Churches.   Delegates gather Thursday and Friday in Georgetown.  Council Executive Director Marian Taylor says the organization, comprised of 12 distinct Christian traditions, has already adopted a statement on immigration.  She says it calls for a path to legalization for people who already live in this country.  “It lays out the value of family re-unification….that we need to do more to be humane to people who are separated from families….we have talked about the need for a solution that is fair to all workers including those who are already here and are not immigrants,” said Taylor.

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10:01am

Mon October 3, 2011
Faith and Values

WEKU Reporter Earns National Award

WEKU reporter/producer Ron Smith.

RICHMOND, Ky. – Ron Smith, long-time reporter/producer with WEKU-FM at Eastern Kentucky University, has received a national award for excellence in religion reporting from the Religion Newswriters Association. Smith received a second-place award for radio and podcast reporting for a segment on young Muslims’ efforts to improve Americans’ perception of Islam.

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1:49pm

Mon September 19, 2011
Faith and Values

Coach's Death Spurs Team to Help Mother

Small deeds after a loss — a garage painted and a lawn mowed for a grieving mother. They were jobs Lou Ann Abbott’s late son, Tim, a basketball coach and educational aide, might have done, but they were finished Wednesday by his players. On the afternoon of Aug. 2, Burgin Independent School's first day of classes, Tim Abbott, 45, died of an apparent heart attack while walking his dogs at Millennium Park in Danville. The weeks that followed have brought sorrow and attempts at healing for those who loved him.

10:33am

Mon September 19, 2011
Faith and Values

Bereans for Fairness Launch New Campaign

A gay rights group in Berea is launching a new advertising campaign Monday to highlight pro-Fairness statements made by members of the city council.  Bereans for Fairness took the quotes from an October 2010 candidate survey published in The Berea Citizen. The group contends six of the eight council members support an anti-discrimination law that has stalled in the body over the summer.

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5:12pm

Tue September 13, 2011
Faith and Values

Ichthus Back in 2012

Ichthus 2011
Stu Johnson Weku

The longest running contemporary Christian music festival in the United States will keep on running in 2012 .  Despite financial challenges, Ichthus organizers have committed to another festival.  Attendance at Ichthus dropped dramatically when the Christian Rock festival moved from April to June several years ago. Once unique in the nation, Ichthus also faces competition from numerous Christian rock festivals.  This summer, the bleak financial picture prompted the concert’s organizers to put its property near Wilmore on sale.   Nevertheless, with some belt-tightening, Ichthus CEO Mark Vermillion says they can host another festival.

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10:17am

Mon September 12, 2011
Faith and Values

Lexington Remembers 9/11

Wayne and Sonya Keith said they brought their children Grason, 5, and Arissa, 7, so they would know how important police officers and firefighters are to their communities.
Matt Goines Lexington Herald-Leader

"Painful truths are hard to tell." Those words were spoken by forensic anthropologist Emily Craig as she explained, to those gathered at Cheapside Park for a memorial service Sunday on the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks, her post-9/11 work in New York.

10:10am

Mon September 12, 2011
Faith and Values

Ft. Knox Recalls Fallen Heroes

Fort Knox’s memories of Sept. 11, 2001, now are set in steel. A monument set with a portion of a steel beam from the World Trade Center was unveiled at a ceremony at Fort Knox Firehouse 1 Sunday morning, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

10:26am

Sun September 11, 2011
Faith and Values

Students Remember Adults' Reactions

For half their lives or more, "homeland security," "Osama bin Laden" and "World Trade Center" have been part of the everyday parlance. Their memories of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks are as vivid as those who can pinpoint where they were when Pearl Harbor was attacked or when President Kennedy was assassinated. They are in college now, but they were elementary, middle and high school students when they saw jet planes flown as missiles into buildings.

10:20am

Sun September 11, 2011
Faith and Values

Hardin Muslims Reflect on 9/11

A pair of men read from the Qur'an as part of their prayers during Friday's Jumma Prayer at the Islamic Center in Elizabethtown.
Neal Cardin News Enterprise

Tehmina Haider of Elizabethtown cried with millions as she witnessed on television the devastation of the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, 2001. She was home in her eighth month of pregnancy with her fourth child when a friend called and told her to turn on the television. “I was stunned,” she said. “Just stunned, as everybody was.” Haider worried for the nation. She also worried personally about herself and her children.

10:12am

Sun September 11, 2011
Faith and Values

Kentuckians Recall Sept. 11

Jeannette Davis and husband Ben Ehmen were in Mahattan the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.
Todd Kleffman Advocate Messenger

Happiness still shines through a framed picture of Ben Ehmen, 83, and wife Jeannette Davis, 77, during their first joint trip to New York City. Ehmen scoops his wife off her feet in the photo edited to look like he’s balancing on a tight rope between the two towers of the World Trade Center. The pretend peril livens their certain smiles because, there, enveloped in a symbol of American prosperity, they assumed they couldn’t be safer. Handwritten on the back of the photograph is the date — Sept. 10, 2001.

1:39pm

Fri September 9, 2011
Faith and Values

First Responders Honored in Bowling Green

Various dignitaries gathered Thursday morning at White Castle in Bowling Green for a ceremony to honor first responders a few days before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. With members of the Bowling Green Fire Department looking on, officials paid tribute to the firefighters, law enforcement and emergency medical personnel who lost their lives during the attacks, while giving thanks to the first responders who continue to risk their lives to protect their communities.

10:36am

Fri September 9, 2011
Faith and Values

Hopkins First Responders Plan 9/11 Event

Hopkins County first responders will honor those who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a memorial service at the exact time the first plane struck the north World Trade Center Tower a decade ago. Firefighters will ring bells to signify the time the impact occurred.

6:00am

Fri September 9, 2011
Faith and Values

Richmond Clergyman Recalls 9-11 Counseling

In good weather, retired clergyman Bob Vickers spends much of his time driving his snazzy, green sports car with the top down. On the afternoon of September 11, 2001, Vickers, then Director of the Chaplaincy for the Southern Baptist Convention in Atlanta, was in a van headed to New York, to counsel victims of the attacks. As he approached the city, Vickers was overwhelmed by the sight of billowing smoke, and the silence. “In the far distance you could hear a few sirens, but it was just, it was eerie. It was like another world that I could not imagine”, recalled Vickers. Vickers spent the next two weeks in New York counseling first responders and others. He remembers two firefighters in particular.

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5:45pm

Thu September 8, 2011
Faith and Values

Prayer on the 9-11 Anniversary

There were prayers offered on September 11th, 2001.  And, there will be prayers on September 11th, 2011.  Some religious leaders in central Kentucky have offered their thoughts on the shape of those 9-11 prayers. People of various faiths will pray this weekend, ten years after the worst terrorist attack on U-S soil. Those prayers will come from within Kentucky’s Muslim community. 

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10:22am

Thu September 8, 2011
Faith and Values

Kentucky Plans Full Day on 9-11

People will gather in churches, in parks and on military bases Sunday to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Across Kentucky, events will include prayer, meditation, patriotic music and remarks by public officials.

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6:00am

Thu September 8, 2011
Faith and Values

Richmond Man has Mixed 9-11 Emotions

The 10th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks is burned in our memories.  WEKU reporter Ron Smith  says the occasion is  meaningful on several levels to a Richmond man. Many Americans shared Mustapha Jourdini’s initial reaction to the events of 9-11. “Aaaaahhh…it’s, it’s very depressing actually, since I heard the news, I’m psychologically depressed,” recalled Jourdini.  At the time of that September 12th, 2001 interview, Jourdini was a 24 year-old Eastern Kentucky University student. Today he’s academic advisor in EKU’s Honors program. Jourdini, who’s a native of Morocco, was not only saddened by the loss of life that day.

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1:43pm

Wed August 31, 2011
Faith and Values

Memorial for Victims of Mt. Carmel Shooting

Almost a year ago, the sounds of gunfire and terror rang out from a part of the Mount Carmel community. Last Friday evening, the sounds heard were that of remembrance, uplifting words and songs. And hope. Some 40 persons came to the McConnell Auditorium on the campus of Mount Carmel High School for a memorial service, called “Light of Hope.” The service honored the memory of the five persons who died in a shooting spree in a trailer park on Route 541, just a half-mile away from the school.

1:26pm

Mon August 29, 2011
Faith and Values

Kentucky Muslims Prepare to End Ramadan Fast

A Group of Young Men Break the Fast Last Week in Richmond
Stu Johnson Weku

Muslims of all ages across Kentucky and around the world today mark the end of Ramadan and celebrating Eid.  The Eid festival ends 30 days of dawn to sunset fasting.  It’s also a time to reflect on the last month, a period many Muslims say is the most moving of the year. The timing of Ramadan shifts each year, but its purpose remains constant.  It allows Muslims to commemorate the first verses of the Qur’an, which were revealed to the Islamic prophet Muhammad.  Muslims not only fast from dawn to sunset.  They offer up prayers and share their wealth with people who are less fortunate.

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1:18pm

Fri August 26, 2011
Faith and Values

Williams Demands Beshear Defend Prayer

After a state official advised a rural Kentucky school district against having a minister lead prayers before athletic events, Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams is calling on Democratic Governor Steve Beshear to defend the practice.

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12:06am

Fri August 26, 2011
Faith and Values

Beyond the Greek Festival

Father George Wilson in the Front of the Greek Orthodox Church on Tates Creek Road
Stu Johnson Weku

Lexington’s Greek Festival presents an annual opportunity this weekend to experience the European country’s culture.  The three day event at the Red Mile Clubhouse is hosted by members of the Greek Orthodox Church.  Many Kentuckians know relatively little about the Christian faith.

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