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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON — He’s about to turn 50 and to celebrate his 25th wedding anniversary. It’s time to take stock.
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.
Dalai Lama is a Mongolian title that means “Ocean of Wisdom,” because Tibetans believe that the Dalai Lama is a reincarnation of Avalokiteshvara.
Catholicism is the most common religious affiliation among Hispanics, according to a recent survey conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center and the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Approximately 68 percent of those who were surveyed described themselves as Roman Catholic.
On a quiet stretch of land in Hallsville, Kirk Ouk watches from a distance as about a hundred people – men and women dressed in their regal best – sit in a field on colorful reed mats, all clasping a flower in their hands, which are held together as if in prayer. The silence is a stark contrast to the laughter that was heard just moments before. Now, the ear discerns only the chanting of the monk standing at the head of the group.
Zen is arguably one of the more cherished words within the lexicon of popular culture, applied as it is to things as diverse as home décor and motorcycle maintenance. Despite the new-age vibe that Zen appears to give, it is in fact a religion that is more than 13 centuries old now.
Columbia congregations have been keeping food pantries stocked, but it’s getting harder.
Siddhartha Gautama, otherwise known as the Buddha, or “the awakened one,” was born into royalty but chose to go out into the world to live a life of aestheticism as a monk. He sat under a Bodhi tree at Buddha
Tiffany Malloy tries to be a good environmentalist every day, but this is especially true on Sundays. Global warming and pollution are ultimately social justice issues, Malloy says, and completely in line with her Christian faith. Still, she hears genuine reservations about her activism from some of her Christian friends.
Eastern Orthodoxy, one of the three major branches of Christianity, has more than 200 million members worldwide. It stresses the continuity of the church traditions originally established by the apostles.
For the past year, the Muslim community in mid-Missouri has been under more scrutiny than any other religious group.
The Columbia faith community will get a jump start on Earth Day with the Eden Summit, a series of workshops aimed at explaining the church’s role in protecting the environment.
He goes by the name of Pastor Flo. As he stood in the pulpit of the Hip-Hop Sanctuary New Generation Church, all eyes were on him. “They say we can’t have hip-hop and church,” said Flo, a lay preacher whose real name is Roosevelt Sargent.
Some of the women, their hands moving frantically, could look around the room, seemingly unaware of the shawl forming around their needles. For others at the table, it was a conscious effort, requiring deliberation each time the yarn looped around the needle.
Every Saturday morning at the Parkade Center, people running errands and doing early morning shopping can hear songs of worship in Hebrew drifting from a storefront inside.
When Broadway Christian Church became aware that a member of its congregation was a convicted sex offender in 2000, it made a decision to implement a policy that would allow the church to welcome convicted sex offenders without endangering children and youth.