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Faith

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.

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.

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