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Faith

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.

Papal tickets go fast, time to set your TiVO!

On Oct. 6, 1979, Pope John Paul II emerged from a car’s sunroof, waving and smiling to thousands of cheering onlookers who lined Washington streets and even climbed trees for a glimpse of the Roman Catholic leader.

Things will be different when Pope Benedict XVI arrives this month.

Belief in brief: Passover

Psalms: Tools for prayer

Theologians say the answer to why psalms are so powerful lies in their variety, emotional honesty and occasional bluntness.

Belief in brief: Orthodox Easter

Imam merges American roots and Islamic faith

Ronald Smith, the new imam at the Islamic Center of Central Missouri, talks about his role in the Muslim community, how he found faith and the influence his wife has had on his life.

Facts about Islam

Islam is one of the world’s fastest growing religions.

Six New Life Community Church parishioners baptized on Easter Sunday

The Rev. Thomas Ragsdell baptized four children and two adults.

Belief in brief: The scenes of Purim

Purim is a Jewish holiday celebrating Esther’s deliverance of the Jewish people from Haman’s plot. The holiday is celebrated every year during the Jewish month of Adar II.

Husband and wife to share sermon Sunday

The Easter Resurrection is more than a story for these two pastors: It is a hope for new life in the Rev. Bonnie Cassida's husband's body.

Columbia pastors make sermon preparations for Easter crowds

Easter sermons are like the Super Bowl of Sundays for clergy. It’s one Sunday that generally draws record attendance, and pastors like to deliver their best sermon of the year.

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