CHANGES FOR SAUDI RELIGIOUS COPS?
The religious police in Saudi Arabia have, until now, had a lot of power. So much, in fact, that, as I learned when I was there in 2002, a lot of citizens resent them. But now this report suggests the populace is beginning to rebel against their rigid and arrogant ways. About time.
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CELEBRATING THE PRESERVATION OF SACRED STRUCTURES
A wonderful Kansas City area organization -- which may have counterparts in other parts of the country -- is about to celebrate its 15th anniversary.
Friends of Sacred Structures, founded in 1992, has been helping to preserve and improve more than 100 houses of worship since its inception. FOSS makes its home at Westport Presbyterian Church in Midtown Kansas City.
FOSS got started when White Oak Chapel, the only remnant of an old African-American community, was threatened by redevelopment. Since then it has worked with many faith communities to help make sure that historic structures are preserved and improved so houses of worship will always be part of the social fabric of the greater Kansas City area.
(Speaking of that concept, I point you to my column in The Star tomorrow. It's about a planned community in Poland that the Soviets built after World War II -- without a single house of worship. The consequences were fascinating.)
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