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Faith

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.

Belief in Brief: Seventh-day Adventism

Seventh-day Adventism is a fast growing religion with more than 14 million Seventh-day Adventists worldwide.

Renowned Quran reciter brings his voice to Columbia

Mohamed El-Sayed Deif, a Quran reciter from Egypt, is reciting parts of the Quran daily at the Islamic Center of Central Missouri for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

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.

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