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Faith

Baptism welcomes believers into Christianity

The sacrament comes in many forms and, depending on one’s denomination, may be received as either an infant or adult.

Baha’i faith eases the tests that come with interracial marriage

The religion places an emphasis on commitments based in love for God rather than skin color or ethnicity.

Blunt launches faith-based initiative

The governor’s proposal to make it easier for faith- and community-based groups to provide services for Missourians in need was greeted by a standing ovation at the second annual Faith-Based Initiatives Answering the Call Conference in Jefferson City.

Belief in brief: Calvinists believe God has decided whom to save

Calvinists often summarize their faith into the acronym TULIP

Islamic televangelist preaches compromise, coexistence

Amr Khaled, known as the "anti-bin Laden," is stirring up controversy with his feel-good, upbeat form of Islam focused on coexistence.

Shab-e-Barat allows Muslims to pray for promising destinies

Muslim festival includes prayer and fasting in return for rewarding destinies written by Allah.

Aquilla Butler has a big voice — and a mission

Aquilla Butler's voice is her instrument, and she uses it to spread the gospel through her public access TV show and other performances.

Without a rabbi, Temple Beth-El finds its leadership in community

Beth-El is one of the oldest temples west of the Mississippi River that still holds services at its original site. But its congregation is so small that it has never been able to afford to hire a rabbi, instead choosing to have lay leaders take turns stepping up to the dais.

Lay leaders keep synagogue going

A Jewish congregation manages to keep its synagogue running in the absence of a full-time rabbi.

Film 'September Dawn' sparks controversy in Mormon communities

The independently financed film takes a look at the Mountain Meadows Massacre as the 150th anniversary approaches.

Controversial canonization

Decades after his death, officials debate the beatification of a slain archbishop known as much for his political activism as for his faith.

Meet 'Babe' Manns: The Gum Man

Done with Sunday Bible class, kids raced to Babe Manns to get a stick of gum. Each took one and gave Manns a big hug. “I’m known as the Gum Man around here,” Manns said. “There are more kids who know me than the preacher.”

Arcane texts + stock quotes = religious awakening

Brad Stewart was a teenage stock trader in 1986 when he went to a financial bookstore in Los Angeles and stumbled across a strange, smoke-filled back room devoted to an odd science.

Now, at age 40, he presides over the Sacred Science Institute, a small publishing company specializing in English translations of some of the most complicated and convoluted tracts ever written. The audience: people who see geometrical connections between the architecture of Hindu temples and fluctuations in the Dow Jones industrial average.

Reconstructing Confucius

At first, the Web site director and his schoolteacher wife sent their 5-year-old son to a Confucian school in this central Chinese city simply because it was two minutes from home. But the more they learned about the school, the more they liked what they saw.

From one volunteer to another

Dorsey, a former MU student, recently published his first book, “Mistakes and Glories: The Journal of Daniel Dorsey,” an unedited look at his stint this summer as a volunteer teacher in Nairobi, Kenya.

The growing Mormon church

When the LDS — also known as the Mormon church — first came to Fulton in 1979, there were 43 members, representing 12 families. Today, the Fulton ward numbers nearly 400.

A Catholic nun in Italy, A Hebrew teacher in Israel, and a Hindu stonemason in India:

Proposed regulations have kindled fears among religious organizations nationwide.

Divine Driving

When the Vatican released “Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road” — a kind of Ten Commandments of driving that instructs Catholics to incorporate religious morals into their daily commutes.

Assemblies of God leader to leave 2 years early

The head of the Assemblies of God church will step down two years early, ending 14 years at the helm of one the nation’s largest Pentecostal groups.

How do you find fellow Jews? In The phone book.

Joel Cohen wanted his kids to receive instruction in their Jewish faith. But the closest synagogue was half an hour from his house in suburban Waldorf, Md.

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