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Faith

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.

Belief in Brief: Meditation

With the holiday season approaching, stress is nearly inevitable. One way to de-stress is through meditation, the focusing of thoughts and promotion of calmness.

Mormonism spreading around the world

According to statistics from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7 million of the 13 million Mormons in the world live outside of the United States.

Christian groups bring the Bible to thousands of countries through unconventional means

Christian networks from across the world are spending millions of dollars annually to distribute the Bible through audio, video and multimedia to the furthest corners of the earth.

Belief in Brief: Medina

Muslims continue a tradition of pilgrimages to the second-most holy city of Islam.

The Blind Boys of Alabama make a joyful noise

The Blind Boys of Alabama have been making gospel music since 1939. Throughout its career, the group has known tragedy and success.

Belief in Brief: Male Circumcision

The significance of male circumcision differs for each of the world's three largest religions.

Controversial abortion film to be shown in Columbia

“Lake of Fire” is receiving publicity both for its graphic images and its attempt to document the views of those on both sides of the abortion divide.

From pulpit to Internet: Seminary student creates fastest growing Web site

Chris Wyatt, a 38-year-old seminary student, created the fastest growing site on the Web, according to comScore. GodTube.com, a Christian version of YouTube, drew more than 4 million unique visitors during October.

A Bible for all seasons

Belief in Brief: Imprecatory prayer called against leaders of Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Southern Baptist pastor encourages the wrathful prayer after being accused of endorsing Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee.

Hindus celebrate festival of Navaratri

During the festival, Hindus celebrate God as mother and worship three incarnations of Shakti, or cosmic energy.

Beth Shalom builds new synagogue

A new synagogue is being opened up in Columbia to accommodate Congregation Beth Shalom’s need for more space to house religious school and ceremoniesal events.

Blessed are the animals

Unity Center of Columbia’s ministry offers blessings, memorials and end-of-life services for pets.

Positive faith keeps musician rocking

Caleb Rowden, a local Christian rock musician, talks about pressures from the mainstream and his dedication to making Christian music.

Eid al-Fitr marks end of Ramadan

Muslims around the world celebrated the end of Ramadan with Eid al-Fitr, the festival of breaking the fast. The festival begins with the first sight of the new moon and was celebrated this year from Oct. 13 to 16.

PET project holds open house

The Personal Energy Transportation project is an interfaith organization sends vehicles to people around the world who cannot or have never walked.

Glossolalia, or speaking in tongues, open to debate

Speaking in tongues is a worldwide mystery both in science and religion.

Fasting ritual common among faiths

With the month of Ramadan in full swing, and the Yom Kippur fast recently ended, it’s time to examine the use of fasts in spiritual life.

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