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Faith

Synagogues to observe Yom Kippur

Congregation Beth Shalom and the Hillel Foundation will observe Yom Kippur Wednesday evening and Thursday by holding services.

Columbia churches bless pets

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.

A day of blessings for the animals

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.

New Fair Trade store to open downtown

Mustard Seed, a Fair Trade store in downtown Columbia, will open next week but will not sell coffee.

 

 

Broadway Christian Church pastor retires

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?"

Broadway Christian marks 50th Anniversary

The church plans a celebration on Sunday morning.

Eid al-Fitr celebration concludes Ramadan

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.

Joplin mosque's sign set ablaze

After a Joplin mosque's sign was set on fire early Thursday, the FBI has begun a hate crime investigation.

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.

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