Church service finds niche between traditional and contemporary worship

Through popular music, worship activities and conversation, The Altar at Olivet Christian Church looks to engage worshippers in new ways.

Chabad house hopes to provide a new outlet for the Jewish community in Columbia

The Lapines, who are the co-directors of Columbia's first and only Chabad house, hope to expand their outreach, as well as their services by next year.

Upward basketball emphasizes fun over competition

For the children who are part of the league, the game isn't about winning or losing — it's about kindness, compassion and learning to play. There's also a strong faith component.

PHOTO GALLERY: Broadway Christian Church hosts Daybreak Easter service

Broadway Christian Church held an early Easter service behind the church on Sunday morning.

Music plays important role in Easter services

Churchgoers in Columbia attended Easter services complete with choirs, organs and a brass ensemble.

Good Friday service unites Columbia-area Christians, churches

More than 15 local churches and about 80 attendees participated in an ecumenical Good Friday service at First Presbyterian Church.

Lavish temple marks milestone for Mormons in Missouri

The temple located near Kansas City will be open to the public for two weeks before it is dedicated. After the dedication, only Latter-day Saints may enter.

Contraception mandate creates discussion focused on freedom, respect

Six panelists discussed the various perspectives regarding the Obama administration's contraception mandate at Wednesday night's Courageous Conversations on Contraception: Women's Health and Religious Freedom public forum.

Forum on contraceptive mandate controversy to occur Wednesday night

The free event — intended to get audience members thinking and talking civilly about a controversial topic — will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in MU's Hulston Hall.

PHOTO GALLERY: Palm Sunday observed by Columbia churches

Congregations from across the Columbia area gathered together to observe Palm Sunday, a holy day one week before Easter, that commemorates Jesus Christ's return to Jerusalem.

Reshaping child protection for Kansas City Catholic diocese

Jennifer Valenti and Carrie Cooper, mothers with children who attend Catholic schools, are working to rebuild child-safety measures within the church and have pledged to follow Missouri's mandated reporting law to the letter.

Missouri churchgoer makes candles for homeless

Historic downtown St. Paul A.M.E. Church celebrates 145th anniversary

The St. Paul A.M.E. Church was created when Methodist and Baptist churches got together shortly after the Civil War. Today's pastor, the Rev. Mary L. Hull-Lovett, says the present dynamic of the church is not just multigenerational but interracial.

Mormon church celebrates relief-giving women's group

The Relief Society, an organization for women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, just turned 170 years old. Local women in the church had their own celebration. 

PHOTO GALLERY: Ashes indicate beginning of Lenten season

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season. Some members of the Christian faith receive ashes on their forehead in anticipation of the 40 days of fasting leading up to Easter.

FROM READERS: What are you giving up for Lent?

On Ash Wednesday, Columbia Facebook and Twitter users told the Missourian what they are giving up for Lent.

Columbia organizations gather donations for Souper Bowl of Caring

As the Super Bowl draws near, organizations around Columbia are collecting donations for a worthy cause, the Souper Bowl for Caring.

Famous organist, composer, conductor comes to Columbia

Paul Leddington Wright, an English composer who has directed performances for international dignitaries, directed a performance of his original compositions and arrangements by the Memorial Baptist Church choir on Sunday night.

Columbia transportation project provides mobility to Nicaraguans in need

The Personal Energy Transportation Project, founded in Columbia, sent more than $33,000 worth of donated supplies, including hand-cranked wheelchairs to Nicaragua on Friday.

ACLU objects to Missouri school district's religious speakers

The issue came to the ACLU's attention after former Chicago Bears team chaplain Ray McElroy, a former NFL defensive back, made several presentations to St. Joseph district schools in October.