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Best man for the job

Online ordination allows a good friend to officiate a wedding.

Religious groups say election without Blunt will not change agendas

Gov. Blunt’s decision not to seek re-election has left Missouri religious groups looking for a candidate to bear the social conservative standard. Most say the agenda won’t change, no matter who the candidate is.

Finding faith through family

Two Columbia families reflect on the role of adoption on identity in the Jewish community as their adopted pre-teen girls prepare for their bat mitzvahs.

Bible publishers get innovative to repackage an old favorite

Popular design trends and additional content are just two ways publishers have kept the Bible as one of the top-selling books each year, despite the fact that 91 percent of households already one a copy.

Impressionable? Parents, pastors worry that film is inappropriate for young children

In the month since 'The Golden Compass' was released, church leaders across the world have condemned it as a damaging influence on young audiences.

Behind the scenes are the people who put them together

Stage crews are responsible for the massive preparation and setup before the curtain is raised on a performance at Jesse Auditorium.

For love of the trains

MU nursing student donates bone marrow to stranger

When she couldn't give blood, an MU nursing student gave even more — her bone marrow — to a complete stranger.

Virginia church attempts to include diverse flock

One Virginia church is attempting to make a wide range of members feel included — and it seems to be working

Columbia vocal coach still going strong at 80

Harry Morrison has built a legacy around helping singing voices sound easy. At 80, he is still teaching voice and directing a church choir.

Fixed in time

MU curator thinks the bust of a famous dancer has staying power.

Exercise may help seniors stave off mental decline

Preventing Alzheimer’s disease is more than a game of memory. A recent study has found that keeping in physical shape is key in warding off the disease.

Expressing emotions through dance

Zach Young could be considered a “sports guy,” and as a dancer of the Missouri Contemporary Ballet, athleticism pays off.

Four people diagnosed with flu

Four people in Boone County have already been diagnosed with influenza, and the flu season has not yet officially begun.

Church opens doors for Christmas celebration with international flavor

On Sunday, American and international families gathered at the International Community Church to sing carols in different languages, enjoy exotic food, watch a movie about the origin of Christmas and celebrate homeland traditions.

The Facebook way of life

The social networking site has become a big part of how college students keep in touch, waste time and have fun. But more important, perhaps, it has also developed into a powerful platform for them to broadcast — or shape — their personas.

For the season of Advent, a renewal of the rite of confession

Between now and Christmas, Michael Flanagan, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Columbia, will once again see large numbers of parishioners lining up before the confessional. It’s the season of Advent, the time of repentance for Catholics as they prepare to celebrate the Nativity.

Penitents choosing online confessions over traditional church ritual

Like it has for just about everything else, the Internet has led to new trends in penance.

Web sites such as IveScrewedUp.com, run by a Protestant church in Florida, and DailyConfession.com., which arranges confessions based on the 10 Commandments, offer penitents a chance to forgive themselves through anonymous, online confessions.

BOONE LIFE: A party for a princess for a day

Wearing gold sparkle eye shadow, a pink dress with swirls and a rhinestone-studded princess crown, Ashton Hall is having her shining moment.

Belief in Brief: Tracing the Christmas tree tradition

For those who celebrate Christmas, the Christmas tree is as much a part of the holiday as Santa Claus. But how the tradition of decorating evergreen trees began isn’t so clear.

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