In preparation for Passover, Jewish families will do some spring cleaning to rid their homes of chametz, or unleavened bread.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Theologians say the answer to why psalms are so powerful lies in their variety, emotional honesty and occasional bluntness.
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.
Islam is one of the world’s fastest growing religions.
The Rev. Thomas Ragsdell baptized four children and two adults.
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.
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.
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.
Shanthi Mandir, the Hindu Temple and Community Center of Mid-Missouri, commemorated its second year of existence in Columbia on Friday night.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An ancient tradition creates some controversy within and outside of the Jewish community.