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Faith

KaShaye Mathews exceeds expectations in overcoming autism

KaShaye Mathews, 15, of Columbia has learned to excel in ways doctors who diagnosed her with autism never thought possible.

Finding a faith that fits

There are no definite figures on conversions to Islam, but scholars say the shift is more about an approach to individual salvation. One Columbia woman started her college education as a Christian and ended it as a Muslim.

Columbians observe Ash Wednesday, Lent

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the 40-day period of repentance known as Lent.  Those who observe Lent usually give up or take on something as a way of sacrifice and devotion.

Columbians discuss sexual assault, domestic violence

The groups cite recent studies that nearly 60 percent of rape victims are under the age of 18.

Columbia religious leaders offer advice on experiencing different customs

Entering a new place of worship has the potential to be an intimidating thing, whether it be a mosque, church or synagogue. Columbia religious leaders provide tips to become more comfortable in a different worship environment.

Columbia church uses Valentine's Day for volunteering

Karis Community Church used Valentine's Day to serve the Columbia community by volunteering.

Religion with rhythm: LBC Gospel Choir

The Legion of Black Collegians Gospel Choir has been around for more than 30 years. The group is more than just a choir and members try to use music and song to praise God and share the Christian message.

Columbia churches offer divorce counseling program

Those who use the DivorceCare program at area churches said it's the feeling of understanding and caring that makes the program successful.

Abortion-rights opponents file lawsuit for initiative petition

Missouri Roundtable for Life hopes to change the constitutional amendment regarding stem cell research and abortion.

Columbian remembers religious persecution in Iran

Sahba Jalali and his family fled Iran for Columbia in 1978 to escape religious persecution for their Baha'i faith.

What is Baha’í?

Baha’ís believe all religions are in reality one religion that is continuously evolving. The Baha’í religion promotes lifestyles to help the formation of a global society.

Columbia woman helps build Romanian church in honor of son

Sherryl Laws and her son, Scott, forged a bond with the people of Craiova, Romania. Even after Scott's death in 2007, his dream of building a church there is being pursued by members of Evangelical Free Church in Columbia.

Columbia celebrates Catholic Schools Week

The school wasted little time in putting the Catholic Schools Week's theme to work on Monday by having parents and eighth-grade student volunteers deliver meals to elderly residents in Columbia through the Meals on Wheels program.

Columbia faithful talk about Obama

President Barack Obama spoke of many faiths in his inauguration speech. He also began his first full day in office with an interfaith prayer service. Both gestures were appreciated by many in Columbia's religious community.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi to join Mizzou’s Greek family

Students at MU are forming a Jewish-interest sorority to add diversity into the Greek community. 

Religious groups join the green movement

Columbia's faith community has been working to learn more about how to become better stewards of the Earth. A Care for Creation meeting on Jan. 25 will focus on weatherization.

The Green Bible

The Green Bible is printed on recycled paper with soy-based ink and has a cotton-linen cover.  It's being used as a tool by Christian to get people talking about the environment.

Cowboy churches rope in new Christians

The cowboy church movement is about 40 years old but has grown rapidly in recent years, especially among Baptists. The Web site Cowboychurch.net lists 13 cowboy churches in Missouri.

Ashland mission church to become independent

Church financial giving shows signs of recession

Heightened conservatism with the checkbook may be trickling down to affect individuals' financial contributions to churches.

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