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Faith

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.

Trinity Presbyterian hires education director

 The church hires its first full-time education director to focus on working with youth.

Rabbi, pastor give instructions on how to read Scripture

Rabbi Yossi Feintuch said he believes that science is "Judaism's ally" and can be used to help interpret the Torah. Pastor John Baker said he believes the Bible should be seen as a book of books, where each one is different and has a different function.

Columbia's Jewish community gathers for Hanukkah

More than 100 people gathered Sunday at Congregation Beth Shalom to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah.

Congregation Beth Shalom observes Hanukkah

About 100 people celebrated the first night of Hanukkah, the Jewish eight-day festival of lights, during a gathering at Congregation Beth Shalom on Sunday.

Cardboard testimonies simplify messages about faith

The telling of the story is called a cardboard testimony. Members of churches leave their pews and step up in front of the congregation long enough to show fellow churchgoers part of their lives. On the first side, written out big and bold for all to see, is a struggle, trial or sin that person has battled with. Flip it over, and the sign shows where the person is today. And the person giving the testimony credits his or her new life to changes brought by a relationship with Christ.

Congregation Beth Shalom to host charitable Hanukkah party

The party will collect toys, books and games for charity. A $6 chartiable donation will be accepted at the door for entrance into the party. Children under the age of 5 can enter for free.

Live nativity leads visitors through interactive Bethlehem

At Fairview United Methodist Church's "Little Bethlehem," visitors can talk to the gatekeeper and the innkeeper before arriving at a stable, where they meet Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.

Symbols explain essence of Advent season

A number of churches in Columbia, including those in the Lutheran, Catholic, Methodist and Presbyterian traditions, celebrate Advent with special services, prayers, hymns, decorations and other activities during the four weeks leading up to Christmas.

Faith takes Franklin County couple back to Brazil

After a year and a half in the U.S., a missionary and his wife return to his native country of Brazil.

Txt ur pastor: Church embraces text-message conversations during sermons

At one Missouri church, the pastors enjoy taking text-message questions from the congregation during sermons and weaving the answers into the message as they talk.

Christian tattoos: Wearing faith on your half-sleeve

Religious tattoo sites pepper the Internet, and Christian tattoo shops are opening across the country.

Mission trip changes women's fair-trade mission

Four Columbia women opened a store downtown to offer alternative retail shopping, but a trip to Uganda changed the way they saw their position.

Publishers reinvent Bible formats for new generations

While the Bible has been recreated and repackaged innumerable times, publishers of the newest editions are using some distinctly unique formats to capture the attention of readers.

 

A fresh perspective on faith

Kristine Key, who said she is a devout Seventh-day Adventist who is active in her church, received an invitation to teach at the Islamic School and couldn't say no. She teaches kindergarten homeroom, fifth-grade science and communication arts at the school.

Columbia Catholic School celebrates All Saints' Day

As the jazzy notes of "When the Saints Go Marching In" played, youngsters dressed as saints came down the aisles, as the celebration of a special day got under way.

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