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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.

The power of control

For filmmaker Ondi Timoner, the path to mind control was paved by rock ’n’ roll. The 34-year-old documentarian became intrigued by brainwashing and groupthink while making her 2004 Sundance Award-winning documentary “Dig!”.

Worshiping God takes on a new direction

Heritage Baptist Church’s second annual Youth Jam focused on reaching out to young teens by presenting religious ideas with pop culture terms youth can relate to. Facing competition from a wide variety of summer offerings, religious summer programming is trying to be culturally relevant while retaining a spiritual emphasis.

Journey of belief

When Zellhoefer, an MU sophomore, and freshman Brittany Lupardus began their four-month mission trip last January, each had hopes of helping a country ravaged by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Neither imagined they would be the ones to change and question their commitment to their faith.

Speaker to battle Muslim misconceptions, myths

Amir Hussain will present “Little Mosque on the Prairie: Muslims in North America,” a free public lecture sponsored by MU’s Center for Religion, the Professions & the Public, at 7 tonight in the Reynolds Alumni Center on the MU campus.

Louisiana prisoner built Ruth's and Billy Graham's coffins shortly before he died

Shortly before he died, convicted murderer Richard Liggett was asked to make two of the simple plywood coffins he meticulously crafted for fellow prisoners. Except the caskets would be for Billy and Ruth Graham.

Controversial Steadfast

In his three years as St. Louis archbishop, Rev. Raymond Burke has taken on a presidential contender, a pop star, Missouri politicians and even parishioners.

A religious path back home

Anantha Gopalaratnam starts Saturday mornings with a prayer to the Hindu deity Vishnu. The prayer is a religious tradition she learned from her parents while growing up in Maharashtra, a state located in the west central part of India.

Physicist argues vs. existence of God

A retired professor of physics from the University of Hawaii came to Columbia at the invitation of the Show-me Skeptics and the MU Brights to discuss his new book, “God: The Failed Hypothesis.” The thrust of his argument is that the question whether God exists is one that can be answered by applying the scientific method.

Activists cite Quran to end ritual

NAIROBI, Kenya — Trying to stop a bloody ritual undergone by millions of Muslim women in sub-Saharan Africa and the Arab world, health activists are trying a new appeal: They’re citing the Quran.

Bishop Jakes emphasizes self-satisfaction

WASHINGTON — He’s about to turn 50 and to celebrate his 25th wedding anniversary. It’s time to take stock.

Between tradition and location

When a business starts to lose money and most of its customers, two solutions arise: close or move. Catholic schools, though not often thought of as businesses, are facing these same options.

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