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Faith

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.

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.

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