As all of my regular readers know (both of you, most likely), I was the first non-mainstream-religion writer for the KC Star's FaithWalk column back in 2007-2008. I wrote a total of 5 articles, which were all well received.
Now, it's time again for someone else to take up the challenge. The Star is again recruiting people to write for their column, and they're looking for just about anyone, of any religious persuasion (or none at all). I would love to see a wider variety of perspectives from the community. I think it would be interesting to read from a much younger viewpoint, especially for those still searching and questioning how beliefs and faith fit into their lives.
The last couple years have seen a small increase in the diversity of views, but not enough. Almost all of the writers have been Christian, most of the mainstream variety, and none of the overtly fundamentalist types. There has been the obligatory atheist each year, but no real agnostic or lapsed religious types. A single Pagan/Wiccan for that fringe. Only one non-Abrahamic writer.
If the point of the FaithWalk column is to provide a broader insight into the diversity and views of the greater KC area, I would hope that the Star makes the effort to recruit from the less common religious groups -- Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, etc, as well as the non-religious.