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Hindu Temple celebrates its anniversary

Shanthi Mandir, the Hindu Temple and Community Center of Mid-Missouri, commemorated its second year of existence in Columbia on Friday night.

Evangelicals in the city

You may wonder who moves to Manhattan as an undergraduate and spends Saturday night parsing the words of a theologian. Here’s a guess: no one except the students of the King’s College, an evangelical college located in the Empire State Building.

A new style of evangelical

NEW YORK — King’s College’s style of “new Christian urbanism,” as its provost calls it, frowns on hard-sell proselytizing. But students at the King’s have been known to strike up conversations in the city with strangers, hoping, at minimum, to change their mind about evangelicals.

Food bank depends on Columbia's religious

A portrait of Mother Teresa hangs in the foyer of the Central Missouri Food Bank. It bears an inscription underneath the photo that reads, “Unless life is lived for others it is not worthwhile.” This religious message of service is the food bank’s guiding principle.

The Central Missouri Food Bank is a hunger relief organization serving 145 agencies in 33 counties through the distribution of free food, according to its Web site. The bank relies largely on volunteer efforts in its day-to-day operations, many of whom say volunteering is part of their faith.

Belief in Brief: The pope

As the head of the Roman Catholic Church, the pope is the supreme earthly authority on all matters of faith for nearly 1 billion people worldwide.

 

Belief in brief: Kaparot

An ancient tradition creates some controversy within and outside of the Jewish community.

Food bank relies heavily on fundraisers

The Central Missouri Food Bank gets 57 percent of its revenues from donations.

Columbia mosque finds new imam

The Islamic Center of Central Missouri has hired a new imam after a seven-month search.

Belief in brief: Angels as more than just Hollywood constructions

“Touched by an Angel,” “Dogma” and “City of Angels” all depict representations of angels. But as models of the spiritual, the religious and the miraculous, angels are not just movie creations.

War Over Words

The way Jacquie Sullivan sees it, the motto “In God We Trust” is more about patriotism than religion.

So when the Bakersfield, Calif., councilwoman heard on a Christian radio station in 2001 that protesters on the East Coast were trying to remove the phrase from public buildings, she considered it her civic duty to reverse the trend.

Donation misuse raises community concerns

The St. Francis Catholic Worker Community in Columbia has adopted new regulations for its financial dealings since accusations of embezzlement were made against one of the group's co-founders.

Colleges offer church management programs to protect church tills from embezzlers

About a half-dozen Roman Catholic dioceses that responded to a survey reported thefts of more than $500,000.Many U.S. churches have been victims of embezzlement over the years, reflecting not just moral weakness on the part of the wrongdoers, but lax financial controls. Often, church budgets are overseen by volunteers or employees with little guidance or professional training.

Now, some colleges are hoping to prevent such faith-shattering abuses by offering programs devoted specifically to managing church finances and personnel.

Baptists find unity at convention despite divisions

Baptists around the state hope to continue the unifying process set in motion by last month’s gathering of 15,000 in Atlanta.

Belief in brief: Christ, the anointed

“Christ” was not Jesus’ last name but a title meaning “anointed.”

Jimmy Carter tries to bring Baptists together

The former president discusses his relationship with the Baptist convention and his hope to bring peace to the denomination.

Belief in brief: The Hindu Upanishads

The Upanishads contain many of the teachings of Hindu religion today, particularly reincarnation and the concept of Brahman.

Heaven, hell and skateboarding

A youth ministry has been opened for skateboarders in Hermann. The place resembles the idea of “marketplace ministry,” which is an attempt to build communities around the idea of Christians telling their friends, coworkers, anybody, about God.

Marking the start of Lent

For many Christians around the world, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent.

Online ordination: legality of ministers questioned

Critics question legality of marriages by friends who get ordained online.

Panel of religious leaders to discuss identity of Jesus

Baptist, Islamic and Unitarian Universalist congregation leaders will gather Friday at Karis Community Church to debate and discuss their religions’ opinions of Jesus.

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