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Examining Religion In The News For 2015

Legalization of same-sex marriage, streams of migrants flowing into Europe from war-torn Syria and the expansion of ISIS all top the list of important religion news stories this year. We look at which stories will continue to impact us in 2016 on this edition of Up to Date.


  • Jaweed Kaleem is The Huffington Post's senior religion reporter and a vice-president of the Religion Newswriters Association.
  • Debra Mason is executive director of the Religion Newswriters Association and a professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
  • Brian Ellison is a KCUR reporter, contributor and co-host of Statehouse Blend.

Go to the Religion Newswriters Association's website for the complete list of its Top Ten Religion Stories of 2015.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.