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Faith

St. Louis archbishop gets post at Vatican

Known as one of the most conservative bishops in the U.S., Raymond Burke was named to head the Vatican's supreme court.

Pastors for Peace give insight into the Cuba they know

The group is looking to bring medical supplies and other equipment to the island nation.

Belief in Brief: Kosher foods

Food scares are adding to the popularity of kosher foods outside the Jewish community. Some people say they feel more confident buying kosher foods because the inspection process is more rigorous.

Salat and Society

Questions about the economy, health care and the environment have taken center stage in thus far in the presidential campaign. Religion hasn’t been overlooked; in April, Democratic Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama addressed faith and social justice during a Compassion Forum at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. The forum helped bring religion to the nation’s attention as part of the presidential campaign. During the forum, the Democratic candidates talked openly about their faith and the role religion plays in everyday life in America. Today the Missourian continues an occasional conversation on the topic with Columbians.

Pastors for Peace to hold Cuba program on June 25

The program is open to the public and features music, a potluck dinner and discussions about Cuba. The stop in mid-Missouri is one of several planned before the group heads to Cuba in mid-July.

2 lawsuits accuse former Kansas City area clergymen of abuse

The two cases concern priests from St. Elizabeth Parish in the 1970s.

Belief in Brief: Shavuot

One of the three major festivals of the Jewish faith, Shavuot, begins Sunday and celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai as well as the harvest and bringing of the first fruits to the Temple.

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.

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