In the midst of controversy and contempt, the people of Columbia became proactive in their search for commonality, understanding, and conversation that would build the bridge between divergent views of religion and politics.
Susan Jacoby, author of the New York Times bestseller "The Age of American Unreason," gave a lecture at Columbia College on Tuesday. She citied the three most destructive influences on Americans being the irrationalism of the religious right, the dominance of infotainment, and Americans' intellectual laziness.
Susan Jacoby, author of New York Times bestseller "The Age of American Unreason," will lecture on her work investigating religious fundamentalism and political power at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Columbia College.
Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori visited the Kansas City area this past weekend and said a crucial part of preaching the gospel includes having church members ensure that the U.S. government make good its promises to provide financial help to Third World countries.
MU professor Brick Johnstone's research suggests that the relationship between religion and health should impact thinking about health recovery. Specifically, he's interested in the role prayer and faith play after injuries to the right half of the brain.
The political science professor from Johns Hopkins University spoke about coexistence among religious minorities and their importance in politics.
Since she arrived in March, the Rev. Paula Robinson has energized the Calvary Episcopal Church with her presence and vision. She is the church's first female senior rector.
The author, known for his analysis of social science and work ith postmodern philosophy in political theory, will speak on issues raised in his latest book, "Capitalism and Christianity, American Style."
Members of Columbia churches will join thousands of people from around the state to gather and send out resources for local and worldwide mission organizations this weekend at the annual Festival of Sharing.
The new pastor of Fayette's Assembly of God Church seeks to revitalize the small-town church with help from its mother church in Columbia.
Congregation Beth Shalom and the Hillel Foundation will observe Yom Kippur Wednesday evening and Thursday by holding services.
During the week of the anniversary of St. Francis of Assisi's death, two Columbia churches held services to bless pets and celebrate their companionship. St. Francis was the patron saint of animals and the poor and is used as a model for pet owners to treasure and care for the animals in their lives.
Pet owners brought their animals to be blessed on St. Francis of Assisi Day at Calvary Episcopal Church. The guests were dogs, a cat and a snail.
Mustard Seed, a Fair Trade store in downtown Columbia, will open next week but will not sell coffee.
Rick Frost spent a third of his life as pastor of Broadway Christian Church. He could become anyone's best friend in five minutes. Maybe it's because his childhood was spent on an island, and he grew up with a tight community of 500 people. Maybe it's because at 66, he can correctly use the term "cranked," slang for "excited," well enough to relate to any teenager. Or maybe it's the way he can crack a joke, like when Broadway Christian Church, where he has been serving as senior pastor for more than 20 years, threw him a huge farewell party and he walked up on the stage, grinned and asked, "What are we doing next week?"
The church plans a celebration on Sunday morning.
Hundreds of Muslims gathered to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan and their month-long fast. The Islamic Center was too small to hold all the celebrants, and so they gathered at the Knights of Columbus. Yet even it was too small to hold everyone.
After a Joplin mosque's sign was set on fire early Thursday, the FBI has begun a hate crime investigation.
The Missourian sought to report on a few of the spiritual treks and rites of passage affecting thousands of mid-Missouri children and young adults each year. This series examines a handful of these journeys, from the choices parents make at a child's birth about which faith they'll learn to the commitment young adults make when finding a faith for themselves.