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Belief in brief: Passover

Psalms: Tools for prayer

Theologians say the answer to why psalms are so powerful lies in their variety, emotional honesty and occasional bluntness.

African art exhibit is ‘all about what you don’t see’

Ghanaian-born artist El Anatsui illustrates his provocative use of found-object art in his first U.S. solo show.

How to pick the perfect pillow

Pillow History

Pillows can be traced as far back as Mesopotamia (today’s Iraq) and ancient Egypt. Head rests were found in pharaohs’ tombs. Early versions were for the privileged and rich, according to “Really Useful: The Origins of Everyday Things” by Joel Levy, but they were hardly cushy. Most were solid wood, carved or curved slightly in the middle.

Strings, saxophones take top Plowman prizes

Jasper String Quartet of Rice University in Houston won the $5,000 grand prize in the third annual Plowman Chamber Music Competition. The third annual Plowman, which began Friday, attracted 26 ensembles representing 20 universities from across the country.

You know you're from Columbia if...

In Columbia, many people have been here for years, others for just a few months.

Some are just here to attend school, some chose this town to be their home.

But whether you’ve settled here for life or just for a couple of years, the question is this: How well do you know Columbia?

The Missourian asked at least 25 people what makes the city special and collected 15 ways to know you’re a die-hard Columbian.

Belief in brief: Orthodox Easter

Imam merges American roots and Islamic faith

Ronald Smith, the new imam at the Islamic Center of Central Missouri, talks about his role in the Muslim community, how he found faith and the influence his wife has had on his life.

Facts about Islam

Islam is one of the world’s fastest growing religions.

Bunraku - Telling stories through puppeteering

Members of the Bunraku Bay Puppet Troupe reveal their bruised and swollen hands after a demonstration of traditional Japanese puppetry. The strings and pulleys used to manipulate the puppets’ limbs cause visible wear and tear on their skin.

“They can be kind of hard to manipulate for 40 minutes on end when you’re just holding it up with one arm,” said troupe member and MU senior Brett Windhausen.

Doctors will receive guidelines regarding cancer costs

The American Society of Clinical Oncology is writing guidelines to help doctors become aware of the affordability of cancer treatment options.

Six New Life Community Church parishioners baptized on Easter Sunday

The Rev. Thomas Ragsdell baptized four children and two adults.

City to farm: The Dougherty family

On the phone, Debbie Dougherty reassures her father she will pick up the medicine for the animals on the way home.

Not the type of academic conversation one would expect for such a well-regarded MU professor of communications.

Debbie and her husband, Tom Clark, are academics, but they are also farmers. They live in Williamsburg, approximately 31 miles from farmhouse porch to her office door in Switzler Hall.

Farm to city: The Renwick family

The black sky met the 16 acres of land the Renwicks owned in Hillsboro, 45 miles south of St. Louis.

From her bathroom window, Annette Renwick could no longer see the two horses, five sheep and 11 chickens the family had acquired during the past 16 years.

The next day, the family was leaving for good. They were moving to Columbia.

The Renwick family sold their animals, left the in-ground swimming pool and the home they had built upon 16 acres of land to move from the farm to the city — a place where people live closer together, sit in traffic and wait in long lines at grocery stores at 6 p.m. on weeknights.

Farm to city; City to farm

Both traded what they knew for something new.

Belief in brief: The scenes of Purim

Purim is a Jewish holiday celebrating Esther’s deliverance of the Jewish people from Haman’s plot. The holiday is celebrated every year during the Jewish month of Adar II.

Husband and wife to share sermon Sunday

The Easter Resurrection is more than a story for these two pastors: It is a hope for new life in the Rev. Bonnie Cassida's husband's body.

Columbia pastors make sermon preparations for Easter crowds

Easter sermons are like the Super Bowl of Sundays for clergy. It’s one Sunday that generally draws record attendance, and pastors like to deliver their best sermon of the year.

Retired architect is painter at heart

A blank sheet of paper waits for Jerry Thompson’s wet paintbrush in a neatly organized studio built above his garage. In two hours, the white paper transforms into a watercolor painting of a foggy pasture scene infused with light and and color.

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