"In His Image" by William Zadanak. Photo courtesy of Paul Smith

Video and photo slideshow: The many faces of Jesus

Hanging in the hallways of Broadway Church, a historic stone structure in midtown Kansas City, Mo., are more than 200 artistic portrayals of Jesus. Inspired by Salvador Dali’s “Christ of St. John of the Cross,” the church’s former pastor, Paul R. Smith, began collecting these “faces of Jesus”, which were mounted in 1996.

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‘Ask an Atheist’ event replaces participation in St. Patrick’s Day parade

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (RNS) Among the constant flow of people wearing green, toting beers and milling around the bars in Kansas City’s Westport neighborhood on Sunday (March 17), a man in a red plaid kilt held a sign that said, “Kiss me – I’m a Left-handed, Red-headed, Kilt-wearing Irish Atheist Stepchild!”

The Kansas City Atheist Coalition was denied participation in Sunday’s Kansas City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. An email it received from parade organizers stated: “We are an Irish Catholic parade.”

But the parade website specifies that parade events are “open to all, Irish or not, Catholic or not.” In response to the denial, coalition members created an event they called “Ask an Atheist.” The group held homemade signs on a popular corner near the parade route and fielded questions, complaints and even prayers from bystanders.

RNS photo by Sally Morrow

Photo slideshow: ‘Nun sense’ vs. ‘nonsense’

More than 200 Catholics from Kansas City, Mo., wore white and held signs to honor American nuns on Tuesday, June 19. Many attendees said they were there to support and thank the sisters, who are under a Vatican crackdown. The event was organized by local residents and the nationwide organization Call to Action, a liberal lay Catholic movement. Photos by Sally Morrow/RNS.