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Faith

How to buy and sell a church

COLUMBIA — Ten years ago, members of the Unity Center congregation in Columbia gathered together in the courtyard in front of the building at 1600 W. Broadway to bless their new church home, a building that had previously been used by Community United Methodist Church.

Minister’s retirement turns into second career as writer

The Rev. Emmanuel Hatzidakis has published a book that explains the holiest of services in the Orthodox Christian Church.

How different churches break bread

For each Christian, the Eucharist, or the consuming of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, is highly significant. However, the physical act of taking communion and the form the “body and blood” take may differ among denominations. Some churches have developed a preference for the materials representing the body and blood of Christ. For each of three Columbia congregations, sharing communion is a sign of faith. And it is sometimes a matter of personal taste.

Breaking bread: The Eucharist

The act of communion is different within each denomination, but the act of breaking bread is a sign of faith for three Columbia congregations.

Belief in brief: Mecca

Mecca. For nearly 1 billion Muslims worldwide, the city carries with it a deep religious history, a calling to faith in God, or Allah, and a connection to the prophet Muhammad, who walked many of the same streets that nearly 2 million pilgrims traverse each year.

Minister’s retirement turns into second career as writer

It was while he was in Chicago that Hatzidakis started publishing monthly installments in his church’s newsletter about the Divine Liturgy, the most holy of the weekly services in the Orthodox Church. A member of Orthodox Witness, an organization Hatzidakis founded, suggested he put the material together in a book to spread the knowledge to others outside the church.

Suspected con artist in custody in Florida

A man suspected of swindling money from Columbia churches and businesses was detained this weekend in Jacksonville, Fla., but Columbia investigators are trying to ascertain whether they can arrest him on charges of stealing.

Belief in brief: Pentecost

It’s largely regarded as a Christian holiday, but it has Jewish roots.

Belief in brief: The Bible

When early Christians compiled the Bible, who decided what religious writings made the cut, and how did they choose?

Two men preach from the ring

Two men wrestle with their faith in God to find meaning in life and share stories from unusual pulpits on how surrender brought them hope.

Grace Bible Church to hold services in new building

The 400-plus member congregation of Grace Bible Church will soon move to its new location at 601 Blue Ridge Road.

Belief in brief: The cross

It graces altars and automobiles, flags and flyers, steeples and stained glass. But the cross, now the most recognizable symbol of Christianity, wasn’t always a marker of faith.

Minister speaks about impact of politics, social concerns on her prayer life

For Kim Gage Ryan, a minister in Columbia, it's not just the political process and the campaigns that compel her to pray.

Seminar aimed at helping churches quell congregational arguments

COLUMBIA — Wars between religions are not new, and most people are aware of fights within denominations. But congregational arguments are something different. Few people are aware of them or what they’re about.

Controversial Last Supper art removed from museum

Sexual painting of Christ’s final meal leads debate in heavily Catholic Austria

Belief in brief: Baha’i holiday Ridvan begins April 21

Ridvan is a 12-day celebration that is also known as “The Most Great Festival.”

Passover preparation takes time and a lot of cleaning

In preparation for Passover, Jewish families will do some spring cleaning to rid their homes of chametz, or unleavened bread.

Plenty of pope souvenirs available to tourists

WASHINGTON ­— The must-have souvenirs in Washington this week aren’t the American-flag tchotchkes hawked around the National Mall. The really hot items include “I love the pope” bumper stickers, “Property of Benedict XVI” T-shirts and mugs emblazoned with the pope’s heavenward gaze.

Pope arrives in U.S. to Bush family, screaming students

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. — Pope Benedict XVI arrived today in the United States to a presidential handshake and enthusiastic cheering, a warm welcome that followed the pontiff's candid admission hours earlier that he is "deeply ashamed" of the clergy sex abuse scandal that has rocked the American church.

American Christianity vibrant abroad, speaker says

Robert Wuthnow kicked off MU’s annual series of speakers on religion and public life Monday, presenting his thesis that the global outreach of U.S. churches is at an all-time high.

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