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Faith

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.

Karis Community Church settles into Missouri Theatre

This will be the first Sunday the church uses its new home inside the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts for services. The church previously used a ballroom in the Tiger Hotel for Sunday services.

Millersburg Christian Church celebrates rich history

Part of the church's sesquicentennial celebrations has included excavation of the original church, and that's led to some interesting discoveries.

TEACHing love: Mother to share story of loss, transformation, acceptance

After her daughter’s suicide, Mary Lou Wallner examined her faith-based views of homosexuality. She will share her understanding on Friday at Missouri United Methodist Church.

3 churches offer Financial Peace University

The 13-week program, taught via video, is designed to help families struggling with finances to "beat debt and build wealth God's way."

Mixing religion and politics

With the twenty-something voter turnout increasing, this presidential election rides on more than traditional evangelical values.

Jehovah's Witnesses convene in Columbia for district convention

The three-day program will welcome 51 congregations from mid-Missouri.

The Eastern Orthodox Christian Tradition of Fasting

Eastern Orthodox Christians began a 15-day fast Aug. 1. Fasting is a tradition that varies among religions.

For His Glory Dance ministry uses Christian principles to guide relationships

Six-year-old Rickeah “Kiki” Henderson slowly edges her way into the brightly lit “Blind” Boone Center auditorium on a Wednesday night, right on time for dance practice. She is bashful, and her father has to coax her into the room. Already inside and waiting for practice to officially begin, the other members of For His Glory Dance Ministry are dancing and giggling.

Rabbi finds vegetarianism to be a religious ideal

Rabbi Yossi Feintuch says vegetarianism is a religious ideal. “When you read about the abuse of animals in our own industrial meat production, then you cannot say that God’s idea about compassion for animals is achieved,” he says. Feintuch blames the nature of modern-day factory farming. “When a shepherd slaughters his sheep, he has some personal sentiments for her, and he will do his best to make sure that she suffers the least, but that is not a value in the meat factory,” Feintuch says. “Judaism cannot be a part of that, as I see it.”

Dhamma Day celebrates Buddhist teachers

Friday marks the day that Theravada Buddhists celebrate Dhamma Day, also known as Asalha Puja or Asanha Puja Day. The festival is celebrated on the full moon day of the eighth lunar month. Dhamma Day commemorates the first teaching of the Buddha.

Torah thefts stump police, Jewish community

A Torah scroll valued at about $30,000 reported stolen from a St. Louis-area synagogue is one of a handful of Torah scrolls stolen in the past year in the United States. The motive may be a hate crime or the profit from selling sacred documents on the black market.

Archbishop Burke's farewell Mass set for Aug. 17

The leader of the Archdiocese of St. Louis was named last month as the first American to lead the Vatican supreme court.

Panelists debate: Jesus ... Who?

As part of its first Theology Weekend, Karis Community Church gave three panelists the chance to present and defend the Unitarian Universalist, Islamic and Christian viewpoints of who Jesus is.

CEDAR RAPIDS MISSION: Students help couple clean out flooded home

We’re pretty tired. Everyone’s a little sore from using crowbars and sledge hammers.

Jefferson Bible offers insights into Founding Father's beliefs

Making good on a promise to a friend to summarize his views on Christianity, Thomas Jefferson used a cut-and-paste technique to reassemble the excerpts of Scripture into what believed was a more coherent narrative.

'I Love America Festival' celebrates faith, family, freedom

The New Life Community Church held its second annual festival at the Boone County Fairgrounds, offering recreation, food and "patriotic family fun."

CEDAR RAPIDS MISSION: Students get to work shoveling sludge

Our first main work site was a business located in the Czech district of the city. In the upstairs portion of the building, everything had dried out. But the basement was filled with sludge.

Karis Community Church's second Independence Day carnival outdraws first

More than 1,500 people stopped by Flat Branch Park for free food, carnival games, raffle prizes and balloon animals.

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