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.
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.
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.
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.
The removal of Burke as head of the Holy See's supreme court was widely expected in church circles.
With Pope Francis moving toward crafting new policies, some bishops and conservative Catholics have been left confused by the pope's actions and statements.
Members of the Columbia community express the ideas of peace and joy through sacred songs and dances of world religions.
Programs such as Turning Point and Into Action give second chances to the homeless and released prisoners, offering support and a fresh start.
Around 100 church members from Saint Andrew's Lutheran Church in Columbia helped pack 2,760 boxes at Sunday's event.
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.
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.
Carl Kenney had to take a new approach to sermons at Bethel Church.
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.
Missourian reader Norma Schmitz shares her experience at a new house of worship in town.
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.
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.
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.
When DreamCatcher moved out and downtown studio space opened up, Karis church turned to volunteers and fundraising to open an art gallery.
Some faith groups had to cancel their usual services during the winter weather, so they got creative to bring congregations together.
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.