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MU, Columbia Christians celebrate Ash Wednesday

MU students and Columbia citizens gather to observe Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, at the Newman Center. Many attendees participated in Holy Communion and had ashes put on their foreheads.

Churchgoers celebrated Mass on Ash Wednesday at the Newman Center, marking the first day of Lent. Many attendees participated in Holy Communion and had ashes put on their foreheads.

Episcopal church in eastern Missouri closes after 178 years

St. Paul's Episcopal Church was the third Episcopal church established in Missouri. A sale of the property is pending.

 

Vatican hits sour note with women, but progress may come

A new Vatican outreach initiative to listen to women is criticized for its use of a sexy blonde on its Internet promo video. The video was quickly taken down.

Mormon missionaries explain their work in Missouri

Elders Jake Fullmer and Tanner Tippetts, both of Utah are in the midst of performing  missionary work in Maryville for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The LDS Church strongly encourages missionary service for young men.

Pope's climate-change stand deepens conservatives' distrust

Even before the pontiff's remarks, several conservative U.S. commentators had been pre-emptively attacking the encyclical — a papal letter traditionally used for the most important papal teachings.

5 things to know about the pope's statement on climate change

Pope Francis is drafting a highly anticipated encyclical on ecology and climate change, which will then be translated into several languages. The pope said he expects the document to be released in June or July.

Pope picks 15 new cardinals reflecting diversity

None of the new cardinals came from the United States. Cape Verde, Tonga and Myanmar gained cardinals for the first time. The picks make clear that the pope is laying out a new vision of the Catholic Church's identity.

Hard-line U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke loses another Vatican job

The removal of Burke as head of the Holy See's supreme court was widely expected in church circles.

U.S. bishops struggling under Francis' pontificate

With Pope Francis moving toward crafting new policies, some bishops and conservative Catholics have been left confused by the pope's actions and statements.

MISSOURIAN MINUTE: Dances of Universal Peace unites members through song and dance

Members of the Columbia community express the ideas of peace and joy through sacred songs and dances of world religions.

FROM READERS: Church program gives second chances

Programs such as Turning Point and Into Action give second chances to the homeless and released prisoners, offering support and a fresh start.

 

Congregation volunteers at food bank for nationwide event

Around 100 church members from Saint Andrew's Lutheran Church in Columbia helped pack 2,760 boxes at Sunday's event.

With new building, Karis Church deepens roots in Columbia

Karis Church has been in Columbia for the past nine years. The congregation has met at the Missouri Theatre, The Tiger Hotel and The Bridge, but now has its first permanent home.

A year later, African refugee is ordained at First Baptist Church

Members of First Baptist Church celebrated the ordination of African refugee Nene Rwenyaguza Saturday night. Rwenyaguza was reunited with his family last year after 11 years apart.

FROM READERS: Columbia preacher goes out of his comfort zone with a new congregation

Carl Kenney had to take a new approach to sermons at Bethel Church.

FROM READERS: MU medical student counts down to Ramadan

Nebihah Maqbool, a medical student at MU, wrote this post in anticipation of Ramadan for Columbia Faith & Values. Muslims will celebrate the end of the fast Monday.

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.

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