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Faith

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.

Best man for the job

Online ordination allows a good friend to officiate a wedding.

Religious groups say election without Blunt will not change agendas

Gov. Blunt’s decision not to seek re-election has left Missouri religious groups looking for a candidate to bear the social conservative standard. Most say the agenda won’t change, no matter who the candidate is.

Finding faith through family

Two Columbia families reflect on the role of adoption on identity in the Jewish community as their adopted pre-teen girls prepare for their bat mitzvahs.

Bible publishers get innovative to repackage an old favorite

Popular design trends and additional content are just two ways publishers have kept the Bible as one of the top-selling books each year, despite the fact that 91 percent of households already one a copy.

Impressionable? Parents, pastors worry that film is inappropriate for young children

In the month since 'The Golden Compass' was released, church leaders across the world have condemned it as a damaging influence on young audiences.

Virginia church attempts to include diverse flock

One Virginia church is attempting to make a wide range of members feel included — and it seems to be working

For the season of Advent, a renewal of the rite of confession

Between now and Christmas, Michael Flanagan, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Columbia, will once again see large numbers of parishioners lining up before the confessional. It’s the season of Advent, the time of repentance for Catholics as they prepare to celebrate the Nativity.

Penitents choosing online confessions over traditional church ritual

Like it has for just about everything else, the Internet has led to new trends in penance.

Web sites such as IveScrewedUp.com, run by a Protestant church in Florida, and DailyConfession.com., which arranges confessions based on the 10 Commandments, offer penitents a chance to forgive themselves through anonymous, online confessions.

Belief in Brief: Tracing the Christmas tree tradition

For those who celebrate Christmas, the Christmas tree is as much a part of the holiday as Santa Claus. But how the tradition of decorating evergreen trees began isn’t so clear.

Hindu priest serves as keeper of family histories

Ashish Sharma Pawan's handwritten records of 2,500 Hindu families date back 144 years.

Columbians journey to Mecca

Later this week, more than two million Muslims are expected to descend on Mecca for the annual hajj. The Rashids are one of at least two Muslim families from Columbia who will be among them.

For Baptist pastor, success is a result of inclusion

When John Baker and others reflect on his ministry and how First Baptist has pursued social justice and a sense of community over the last decade, it is clear his work has tried to be consistent with the church’s heritage.

Belief in Brief: Hanukkah

Hanukkah, which began Dec. 4 and runs through Dec. 12, is different from its neighbors on the December holiday calendar.

Columbia Muslims remain without a leader

Muslims in Columbia have been without an imam since July, but the likelihood of finding a replacement before next spring is slim, said Ahmed Habib, chairman of the Islamic Center of Central Missouri.

MU residence halls bring Hanukkah to campus

This is the first time in several years that the Jewish festival of lights falls during the school year and not during finals week. For this reason, representatives of MU’s residence halls have decided to team up with Hillel, a campus Jewish student organization, to bring menorahs — and Hanukkah — to the dorms.

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