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Faith

Finding faith: Journeys from birth to adulthood

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.

Archeological evidence of Jesus doesn't quell faith for believers

About 150 people gathered in Columbia recently to hear and talk about evidence of Jesus Christ's existence. Katharina Galor, a scholar with 20 years of archaeological experience in Israel, explored this question in her lecture "Jesus: What is the Archaeological Evidence?"

Islamic School of Columbia celebrates Ramadan

The Islamic School of Columbia is in the midst of celebrating Islam's most sacred holiday, Ramadan. To begin the celebration at the school, first-year Principal Zuhnia Kozbar made each student a gift bag filled with a toy, dates and other treats.

Ramadan Fast-a-thon inspires cultural understanding

In observance of Ramadan, the Muslim Student Organization at MU hosted the annual Fast-a-thon aimed at promoting cultural understanding. Students from different backgrounds pledged to fast for a day to raise money for theCentral Missouri Food Bank.

Calvary Episcopal holds service to officially instate new rector

More than 130 people gathered Wednesday at Calvary for a worship service called the Celebration of New Ministry whereby the Rev. Paula Robinson was officially instated as the church’s first female rector. Robinson has been acting as rector at Calvary since March.

Calvary Episcopal Church to install first female rector

The Columbia congregation celebrates the new ministry of the Rev. Paula Robinson.

See You at the Pole brings Christians together at Rock Bridge

About 30 students gathered to sing and worship together for the 18th annual See You at the Pole. 

Anthropologists author book on new method for studying religion

An MU professor is part of a team that has examined why people engage in religious behavior. The researchers hope an anthropological study will provide better answers than have been previously found.

Columbia couple fills need for mission work

Kenny and Karen Sherin live what might seem to be a normal life. Kenny holds a job and takes classes at MU for his doctoral degree. Karen stays home with their 4-year-old son, Matthew, and works out of their house.

Dripping Spring Christian Church celebrates 150 years

Sunday marks the church’s anniversary, which the congregation will celebrate with memories and food.

New generation of cooks offers hip take on kosher

Kosher cooking used to have a staid, grandmotherly reputation in the U.S., but hip, quicker ways of handling food have emerged to cater to a changing Jewish palate.

Local church hosts conference to promote political discussion

In an effort to encourage people with diverse backgrounds to engage in civil discussions of politics, Missouri United Methodist Church is inviting the Columbia community to participate in their “Civil Dialogue in an Election Year” conference.

Interfaith community shares ideas on caring for creation

Mid-Missouri churches work to develop disaster response

Since the Missouri Department of Public Safety and Gov. Matt Blunt's Faith-Based Initiative held a symposium in June, several mid-Missouri churches are developing diaster responses in their communities. Attendees of the symposium were encouraged to return to their congregation and pick one of eight human services missions.

Broadway Christian Church minister retires

 Rick Frost will be replaced by and interim minister, Larry Gallamore.

Interfaith group to hold climate change event

Care for Creation is gathering members of the interfaith community to eat ice cream made with solar power and discuss how to involve their community in being good stewards of the earth.

Panelists to discuss religion and politics

A forum titled "Politics and Religion - God in the White House" is being held during MU's School of Journalism centennial, focusing on the involvement of religion in the political arena and the public's views on this trend.

Boone County woman writes guide to reciting the rosary

Jennifer Holland, a lifelong Catholic, wants others to better understand the rosary tradition that she says has fallen by the wayside.

Muslims emphasize charity during Ramadan

The mid-Missouri Muslim community donates to the Central Missouri Food Bank every year during Ramadan, a time for fasting.

Speakers aim to create safe haven in ministering to gays

About 90 people attended the talk given by TEACH Ministries, which preaches an inspirational message of unconditional Christian love for and acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people on Friday night at the Missouri United Methodist Church.

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