In 1968, the Catholic Bishop wanted to change the direction, title, and editor of the progressive Catholic Weekly newspaper, The Catholic Reporter. Then editor, Albert De Zutter, thought there was sufficient community leadership to support a new interfaith weekly. Others agreed, and a board was formed. From 1968-1970, this weekly interfaith newspaper, Community Now: Metropolitan Kansas City’s weekly newspaper of the community of concern, was launched. The paper was an interdenominational and interfaith effort, with diversity among board members and readers. Albert de Zutter served as editor of the newspaper, and the board consisted of twelve local Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish religious leaders. Roughly twenty pages were published weekly. Despite local advertising efforts, the paper did not build a substantial subscription base. Due to this lack in financial support, the effort dismantled in under two years.[1]



[1] Guillot, Lawrence, interview by Geneva Blackmer. 2016. Interfaith History in Kansas City (February 15).