Capitols & Churches

Capitols & churches : Russian Orthodox, Roman Catholic share Juneau

Capitols & churches : Russian Orthodox, Roman Catholic share Juneau

Capitols & Churches February 12, 2016 at 4:29 pm 0 comments

By Gary Flanagan You can’t get there from here, if you drive from the continental United States.If you’re a Russian Orthodox or Roman Catholic leader you haven’t  directly communicated since the great schism of 1054, until this week. However, if you visit the capital of Alaska in Juneau, you willRead More

Capitols and churches: Kings and churches of England and Hawai’i

Capitols and churches: Kings and churches of England and Hawai’i

Capitols & Churches February 2, 2016 at 6:48 pm 0 comments

By Gary Flanagan Hawai’i. The 50th and last state.You might wonder how a chain of islands so far away from the United States mainland can be connected with the beginning of United States history. Study the two churches closest to the Capitol in Honolulu and you will see striking similarities.TheRead More

Prayer rally, political rally, or both : Decision America 2016 tour starts in Iowa.

Prayer rally, political rally, or both : Decision America 2016 tour starts in Iowa.

Capitols & Churches January 12, 2016 at 5:26 pm 0 comments

By Gary Flanagan Bold initiatives. One has to love them. If you do, then you must follow them and put yourself on the road to discovery. When Franklin Graham announced last year that he was going to every state capital to hold prayer rallies, my discovery senses came alive. His firstRead More

Capitols and churches: A new Anglican neighbor in Frankfort, Kentucky

Capitols and churches: A new Anglican neighbor in Frankfort, Kentucky

Capitols & Churches December 29, 2015 at 4:19 pm 0 comments

By Gary Flanagan Reciting the 50 capitals in elementary school,I always had to pause when it came to Kentucky. It was one of the easiest to remember because of the association with hot dogs. Until I had to spell Frankfort. I always lost a half a point on that one.Read More

Capitols and churches: Built and buried in Nashville

Capitols and churches: Built and buried in Nashville

Capitols & Churches December 22, 2015 at 7:02 pm 0 comments

By Gary Flanagan It all started simply enough in 1820. The first Catholic church in Tennessee was built by Irish Catholic workers constructing a bridge over the Cumberland river. In 1830, a brick structure known as Holy Rosary Cathedral replaced the original frame building on what is now Capitol HillRead More

Capitols & Churches: Chisha Foka to LeFleur’s Bluff to Uptown Funk

Capitols & Churches: Chisha Foka to LeFleur’s Bluff to Uptown Funk

Capitols & Churches December 11, 2015 at 1:36 am 0 comments

By Gary Flanagan Jackson,Mississippi was the 23rd stop of my separation of church and state Capitol tour. From Little Rock,Arkansas, I followed I-40, US 49, MS 8, and I-55 to the only United States capital to have a dormant volcano under it. The last estimated eruption was 66 million yearsRead More

Capitols and churches: The hidden churches of Little Rock, Arkansas

Capitols and churches: The hidden churches of Little Rock, Arkansas

Capitols & Churches December 4, 2015 at 2:54 am 0 comments

By Gary Flanagan The drive from Jefferson City, Missouri to Little Rock, Arkansas was quite pleasant. Most of the 365 miles were on country backroads with just a few stretches on Interstate 40 and 44. From Springfield, Missouri, I travelled through the tourist town of Branson and down through theRead More

Capitols and churches: Watching the separation of church and state in Missouri

Capitols and churches: Watching the separation of church and state in Missouri

Capitols & Churches November 10, 2015 at 8:33 pm 0 comments

By Gary Flanagan It had been 11 days, 5000 miles and 19 state Capitols since I left home. Driving through Kansas City, Mo., I was looking forward to a home-cooked meal with old high school friends, John and Charlotte Chauvin. Their home was just off Interstate 70 near the stadiumsRead More

Capitols & churches: Tiffany, Mater Dei, in a good place to dig potatoes

Capitols & churches: Tiffany, Mater Dei, in a good place to dig potatoes

Capitols & Churches November 7, 2015 at 11:58 pm 0 comments

By Gary Flanagan There was digging and construction in Topeka, Kansas when I arrived at the 19th Capitol of my church and state tour. Topeka originates from a Kansa-Osage sentence meaning, “Place where we dug potatoes.” Sure enough, when I arrived in March 2013, the state Capitol was under reconstruction.Read More

Capitols and churches: When you return, look over there

Capitols and churches: When you return, look over there

Capitols & Churches October 24, 2015 at 4:28 pm 0 comments

By Gary Flanagan There were still 33 Capitols to visit. I lived in Tennessee and was technically unemployed. Yet, this woman that I met on the steps of the Voice of Praise Baptist Church near the Oklahoma State Capitol said that I will return. Was it just a casual remark?Read More