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.

Airport chaplains let fliers connect with heavens

Airports are mini-cities with their own movie theaters, fire departments and shopping malls. Many also have chapels, typically tiny non-denominational spaces, in out-of-the-way locations. They offer an escape from constant gate change and security announcements and are staffed by 350 part- and full-time chaplains worldwide — Roman Catholic, Protestant and, to a lesser extent, Jewish, Muslim or Sikh.

Thanksgiving service celebrates variety of faiths, welcomes all

The annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration on Sunday evening welcomed people of all ages and faith backgrounds to share a service and a meal.

Humanist group files lawsuit over prayer at Fayette High School

The American Humanist Association filed a federal lawsuit against Missouri’s Fayette School District on Wednesday, saying Fayette High School is unconstitutionally promoting Christianity through teacher-led prayer.


Some in Columbia's Jewish community plan to celebrate 'Thanksgivukkah' next week

Next week marks a rare occurrence of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving landing on the same date. People throughout the U.S. are inventing creative culinary and entrepreneurial concepts to mark the occasion.

Columbia woman hopes to bridge racial divide through 'Christian clowning' event

Joy Randle, who uses puppets and songs to tell stories from the Bible, has invited members of both black and white churches to take elementary-age children to the event.


World Religion classes in Columbia high schools broaden student horizons

World religions classes in Columbia high schools provide classroom conversations with an opportunity to help students be in tune with the world—and themselves.

American Jews ready for Thanksgiving and Hanukkah convergence

Jewish Americans are preparing to celebrate a rare convergence this holiday season, when Thanksgiving will fall on the second day of Hanukkah.

Missouri United Methodist Church sees growing diversity with pastor, congregation

The church's congregation includes people of different ages, races and cultures, but the Rev. Amy Gearhart, the church's first female senior pastor, said she wants to see even more diversity.

Speaker recounts lesson of hope after life in Russian orphanage

Vladimir Foreman, who spoke Saturday at The Crossing Church in Columbia, said a simple gift from Operation Christmas Child changed his perspective.

Pope warns church must find new balance or fail

In interview, Pope Francis signals different out look on abortion, homosexuality and contraception.

FROM READERS: Finding fulfillment in faith without compromising sexuality

Melissa Bedford is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia. This article was posted in an earlier form on her blog The Lost and Found.

New principal hopes to bring stability to Our Lady of Lourdes school

The fifth new principle in the last six years, Elaine Hassemer, started at Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School on Wednesday, and said she plans on staying long enough to make a difference.

Analysis: Not all Catholics are pleased with Pope Francis' revolution

Pope Francis' comments on gays, Latin Mass and women's role within the church are inciting a controversy among Catholics.

Brazilian crowds delight Pope Francis, frustrate security

The pope is in Brazil on a seven-day visit meant to fan the fervor of the faithful around the globe.

Muslim families fast, then feast for Ramadan

On Wednesday, Mohamed Gumati, owner of International Cafe in downtown Columbia, and his family, celebrated iftar, the breaking of the Ramadan fast.

Nonreligious mother talks about respect for family's faith

By definition, Ellie Ragland is an atheist, a word that annoys her. She finds atheism to be an adversarial word that presumes a God to begin with. She prefers “non-believer” because how could she be against a God that doesn’t exist?

Humanist minister performs services for nonreligious

Gale Fuller has been a circus performer, a Navy corpsman, a teacher and, for the last 30 years, a humanist minister. In this capacity he has officiated about 200 wedding ceremonies.