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Eid al-Fitr celebration concludes Ramadan

Hundreds of Muslims gathered to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan and their month-long fast. The Islamic Center was too small to hold all the celebrants, and so they gathered at the Knights of Columbus. Yet even it was too small to hold everyone.

Odyssey series returns for fifth season

Friday's Odyssey Gala Benefit concert and reception marks the beginning of the series' fifth season. The group's new season will have eight performances, with guest artists hailing from Italy, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and, much closer to home, Missouri State University in Springfield and MU's Esterhazy Quartet.

'Energy Guy' makes Columbia more efficient

COLUMBIA — With his knowledge about the art of conservation, David Mars simply wants to help save Columbia's residents money. As the star of the Columbia Channel's "Conservation Tips," Mars teaches residents not only how to cut down on energy usage, but also cut down on their energy expenses.

BOONE LIFE: Sturgeon Middle School students cheer for a spot

The echoing voices and clapping of Sturgeon Middle School students fill the gymnasium as they chant cheers while practicing for upcoming cheerleading auditions.

Joplin mosque's sign set ablaze

After a Joplin mosque's sign was set on fire early Thursday, the FBI has begun a hate crime investigation.

Finding faith: Journeys from birth to adulthood

The Missourian sought to report on a few of the spiritual treks and rites of passage affecting thousands of mid-Missouri children and young adults each year. This series examines a handful of these journeys, from the choices parents make at a child's birth about which faith they'll learn to the commitment young adults make when finding a faith for themselves.

Alternative medicine finds home at Johns Hopkins

Jill Eisner lay still as an acupuncturist pushed thin needles into her face and feet, soft music playing in the background. In another room, an herbologist studied his antidote for severe acne: a concoction of 12 ingredients, including dandelion roots, tangerine peel and dried raspberries. A few doors down, Linda Lee, dressed in a white lab coat, used the tools of conventional medicine to treat a patient for digestive problems.

The Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine and Digestive Center, which opened Sept. 2, is the latest indication that alternative medicine is making its mark in mainstream health care settings.

Archeological evidence of Jesus doesn't quell faith for believers

About 150 people gathered in Columbia recently to hear and talk about evidence of Jesus Christ's existence. Katharina Galor, a scholar with 20 years of archaeological experience in Israel, explored this question in her lecture "Jesus: What is the Archaeological Evidence?"

MU professor holds loom workshop at home

"I call this room my playroom," Laurel Wilson said on a recent Tuesday as about 35 of her students in textile and apparel management smushed into the basement of her Harrisburg home. They were there to learn how to weave, watch an embroidery machine operate and experiment with fabric painting.

Survey recommends remedies for farmers' high insurance rates

A survey presented by the Missouri Rural Crisis Center found that farmers with individual insurance plans spend $2,117 more each year on health insurance than counterparts who have employee-sponsored insurance or are covered by other jobs.

Vera Bradley's colorful, patterned bags are gaining popularity among students

This fall, the recognizable brand appears to be all over MU. Bright floral backpacks and big purses used to carry books stand out in unexpected bursts of color popping out of the masses of students.

Islamic School of Columbia celebrates Ramadan

The Islamic School of Columbia is in the midst of celebrating Islam's most sacred holiday, Ramadan. To begin the celebration at the school, first-year Principal Zuhnia Kozbar made each student a gift bag filled with a toy, dates and other treats.

Ramadan Fast-a-thon inspires cultural understanding

In observance of Ramadan, the Muslim Student Organization at MU hosted the annual Fast-a-thon aimed at promoting cultural understanding. Students from different backgrounds pledged to fast for a day to raise money for theCentral Missouri Food Bank.

Calvary Episcopal holds service to officially instate new rector

More than 130 people gathered Wednesday at Calvary for a worship service called the Celebration of New Ministry whereby the Rev. Paula Robinson was officially instated as the church’s first female rector. Robinson has been acting as rector at Calvary since March.

Calvary Episcopal Church to install first female rector

The Columbia congregation celebrates the new ministry of the Rev. Paula Robinson.

See You at the Pole brings Christians together at Rock Bridge

About 30 students gathered to sing and worship together for the 18th annual See You at the Pole. 

Anthropologists author book on new method for studying religion

An MU professor is part of a team that has examined why people engage in religious behavior. The researchers hope an anthropological study will provide better answers than have been previously found.

BOONE LIFE: Centralia dog groomer balances riding, business

Kim Sorensen of Centralia, owner of The Hair Wrangler, balances her life between riding her horses and keeping up with her dog grooming business.

All about asters

Someday you may want to plant asters in your garden; then again, you may not. This is the season when the wild ones are blooming beautifully and with abandon over much of the country, after all, so why bother?

Columbia couple fills need for mission work

Kenny and Karen Sherin live what might seem to be a normal life. Kenny holds a job and takes classes at MU for his doctoral degree. Karen stays home with their 4-year-old son, Matthew, and works out of their house.

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