Columbia woman hopes to bridge racial divide through 'Christian clowning' event

Joy Randle, who uses puppets and songs to tell stories from the Bible, has invited members of both black and white churches to take elementary-age children to the event.


World Religion classes in Columbia high schools broaden student horizons

World religions classes in Columbia high schools provide classroom conversations with an opportunity to help students be in tune with the world—and themselves.

American Jews ready for Thanksgiving and Hanukkah convergence

Jewish Americans are preparing to celebrate a rare convergence this holiday season, when Thanksgiving will fall on the second day of Hanukkah.

Missouri United Methodist Church sees growing diversity with pastor, congregation

The church's congregation includes people of different ages, races and cultures, but the Rev. Amy Gearhart, the church's first female senior pastor, said she wants to see even more diversity.

Speaker recounts lesson of hope after life in Russian orphanage

Vladimir Foreman, who spoke Saturday at The Crossing Church in Columbia, said a simple gift from Operation Christmas Child changed his perspective.

Pope warns church must find new balance or fail

In interview, Pope Francis signals different out look on abortion, homosexuality and contraception.

FROM READERS: Finding fulfillment in faith without compromising sexuality

Melissa Bedford is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia. This article was posted in an earlier form on her blog The Lost and Found.

New principal hopes to bring stability to Our Lady of Lourdes school

The fifth new principle in the last six years, Elaine Hassemer, started at Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School on Wednesday, and said she plans on staying long enough to make a difference.

Analysis: Not all Catholics are pleased with Pope Francis' revolution

Pope Francis' comments on gays, Latin Mass and women's role within the church are inciting a controversy among Catholics.

Brazilian crowds delight Pope Francis, frustrate security

The pope is in Brazil on a seven-day visit meant to fan the fervor of the faithful around the globe.

Muslim families fast, then feast for Ramadan

On Wednesday, Mohamed Gumati, owner of International Cafe in downtown Columbia, and his family, celebrated iftar, the breaking of the Ramadan fast.

Nonreligious mother talks about respect for family's faith

By definition, Ellie Ragland is an atheist, a word that annoys her. She finds atheism to be an adversarial word that presumes a God to begin with. She prefers “non-believer” because how could she be against a God that doesn’t exist?

Humanist minister performs services for nonreligious

Gale Fuller has been a circus performer, a Navy corpsman, a teacher and, for the last 30 years, a humanist minister. In this capacity he has officiated about 200 wedding ceremonies.


'Who are the American Nones?' studies people without religious affiliations

The report was created by Missouri School of Journalism seniors, who looked at the profiles, preferences, philosophies and lifestyles of people who claim no affiliation with a religious group.

Former Columbia pastor returns for service at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

Clanton C.W. Dawson has been a pastor for 30 years and served at several mid-Missouri churches from the mid-1980s to 2000.

FROM READERS: 'Love those who hate you' and other lessons from the Sermon on the Mount

Several years ago, I re-discovered a road map for life itself, an ancient teaching that is like a spiritual GPS, directing our lives with thought-by-thought precision.

St. Raymond's Society helps struggling families, single mothers

After an anti-abortion march in Washington, D.C., Mike Hentges started the organization to assist struggling pregnant women after they give birth.

PHOTO GALLERY: St. Paul A.M.E. Church hosts Good Friday Fish Fry

Columbia's St. Paul A.M.E. Church hosted its 1oth annual Good Friday Fish Fry on Friday. The menu included catfish, spaghetti and desserts.

Localized version of "God in the Box" documentary to screen at Ragtag Cinema

A localized version of documentary "God in the Box" will screen Thursday night at Ragtag Cinema, with a question and answer session with original "God in the Box" director Nathan Lang, Rev. Tim Carson and others to follow.


Pastor Luke Stockeland brings Open Door Baptist Church back from brink

As pastor of Open Door Baptist Church since March 2012, Luke Stockeland has increased attendance by more than 60 percent.