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Faith

FROM READERS: The House of Treasures becomes the house of God

Missourian reader Norma Schmitz shares her experience at a new house of worship in town.

Broadway Christian Church promotes literacy with little library

The little library at Broadway Christian Church looks like a birdhouse and is set up on the honor system: Anyone can take a book, read it and return it, or put another in its place.

Author Phyllis Tickle lectures on social change, how the church needs to adapt

The information age embodies a cultural shift to which contemporary Christians must react, said Phyllis Tickle, author and lecturer on Christianity. What will result could be a transformation as game-changing as that of the Protestant Reformation.

Local churches begin Lent with Ash Wednesday services

Wednesday marks the centuries-old tradition of Ash Wednesday, a holiday observed by Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran and other churches. Ash Wednesday is named for the use of burned palm leaves saved from Palm Sunday the previous year.

Karis Church to open downtown art gallery, lecture space

When DreamCatcher moved out and downtown studio space opened up, Karis church turned to volunteers and fundraising to open an art gallery.

Faith groups turn to social media during winter weather

Some faith groups had to cancel their usual services during the winter weather, so they got creative to bring congregations together.

Columbia's Islamic Center is finally ready to expand after 15 years of waiting

The $1.6 million expansion will include new classroom space, a multipurpose room, a community center and more space that can be used for prayer.

Pope names 19 new cardinals, focusing on the poor

Since his election in March as the first pontiff from Latin America, the pope has broken tradition after tradition in terms of protocol and style at the Vatican. But in Sunday's list, Francis stuck to the church's rule of having no more than 120 cardinals eligible to elect the next pontiff.

Baha'i faith has a small but growing community in Columbia

Principles of Baha'i faith guide family life and work of two Columbia men, particularly the teaching that one must be open to the experiences and opinions of others.

The race of Jesus: Unknown, yet powerful

Why should we even care what Jesus looked like? If his message is God and love, isn't his race irrelevant? Some say God wanted it that way, since there are no references to Jesus' earthly appearance in the Bible.

Church signs roll the dice when getting hip with quips

Pastors eager to update the age-old practice of luring in worshippers with messages on marquees out front of the church are finding that joking about religion is a serious business, and it's easy to cross a line.

 

For Jews and Baptists, Christmas Eve has sweet significance

For the members of Congregation Beth Shalom, the annual gift of Christmas Eve treats is an expression of gratitude. For the members of First Baptist Church, it's something for which to be grateful.

Missouri church feeds homeless a meal and a message

Churches on the Streets is a ministry in St. Louis that offers free meals to the homeless on Monday nights and provides a religious sermon in an attempt to improve their situation.

Pope Francis urges more missionary and merciful church

The pope pulled together the priorities he has laid out in eight months of homilies, speeches and interviews and put them in the broader context of how to reinvigorate the church's evangelical zeal in a world marked by indifference, secularization and vast income inequalities.

Airport chaplains let fliers connect with heavens

Airports are mini-cities with their own movie theaters, fire departments and shopping malls. Many also have chapels, typically tiny non-denominational spaces, in out-of-the-way locations. They offer an escape from constant gate change and security announcements and are staffed by 350 part- and full-time chaplains worldwide — Roman Catholic, Protestant and, to a lesser extent, Jewish, Muslim or Sikh.

Thanksgiving service celebrates variety of faiths, welcomes all

The annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration on Sunday evening welcomed people of all ages and faith backgrounds to share a service and a meal.

Humanist group files lawsuit over prayer at Fayette High School

The American Humanist Association filed a federal lawsuit against Missouri’s Fayette School District on Wednesday, saying Fayette High School is unconstitutionally promoting Christianity through teacher-led prayer.

 

Some in Columbia's Jewish community plan to celebrate 'Thanksgivukkah' next week

Next week marks a rare occurrence of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving landing on the same date. People throughout the U.S. are inventing creative culinary and entrepreneurial concepts to mark the occasion.

Columbia woman hopes to bridge racial divide through 'Christian clowning' event

Joy Randle, who uses puppets and songs to tell stories from the Bible, has invited members of both black and white churches to take elementary-age children to the event.

 

World Religion classes in Columbia high schools broaden student horizons

World religions classes in Columbia high schools provide classroom conversations with an opportunity to help students be in tune with the world—and themselves.

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