PHOTO GALLERY: Hanukkah celebration at Chabad House

The sixth day of Hanukkah was celebrated Sunday at an event at the Chabad House in Columbia.

Volunteers pack meals for children in Haiti

A Missouri church organized an event that packed more than 600,000 meals for children in Haiti.

Lowe's stands by decision to pull ads

Lowe's stands by its decision to pull advertisements during the airing of the TLC show "All-American Muslim."

New Roman Catholic Mass translation launches in American parishes

Roman Catholics are having to adjust to a change in the English translation of Roman Catholic Mass.

Jewish emissaries settle in Columbia

Avremi and Channy Lapine are moving to Columbia from Brooklyn, and they are bringing their faith with them. The couple will open up their home as a Chabad-Lubavitch house for the community. Chabad-Lubavitch is a sect of Orthodox Judaism.

Illusionist Jeff Copeland to perform at Alive in Christ youth lock in

After seeing Jeff Copeland perform street magic in Columbia, youth members of Alive in Christ Lutheran Church decided to book him for their lock in.

Dispute between Muslim workers and Tyson Food plant managed

Muslim workers walked off the job Friday after a disagreement with the management team about prayer time. Muslims are required to pray five times a day at specific times, and they met with management Monday to negotiate a long-term solution.

New Sacred Heart pastor doing double duty, with grace

Two Catholic churches — Sacred Heart and the Newman Center — began sharing priests Aug. 1. As of Sunday, the Rev. Thomas Saucier is pastor for both churches. Despite the double workload and growing pains, the priest's enthusiasm is unwavering.

2011 CROP Hunger Walk brings community together to overcome poverty

The 2011 CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday raised more than $2,000 in an effort to overcome poverty. The walk was 2.5 miles around downtown Columbia.

Youth group hosts Man Hunt to collect supplies for charity

The Alive in Christ Lutheran Church youth group held a Man Hunt at the Columbia Mall on Wednesday to collect supplies and food for the Rainbow House and the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.


PHOTO GALLERY: First Baptist Church lends a helping 'hands-on mission'

Volunteers from First Baptist Church served at the second-hand clothes shop, The Wardrobe, on Saturday.  The group cleared out the summer inventory to make room for winter clothing. First Baptist goes out on "hands-on missions" once a month.

WEST BOULEVARD: Columbia United Church of Christ debuts The Welcome Place

The Welcome Place offers a relaxing, discussion-based sermon instead of a more traditional worship service. The new service debuted Saturday night.

Lutheran group to begin anti-malaria campaign on Sunday

The Lutheran Malaria Initiative will start with events Sunday through Thursday. The effort is trying to raise $45 million to eliminate malaria deaths in Africa by 2015.

Director hopes MU Hillel becomes destination spot for Jewish students

Brian Mitchell, the new director of MU Hillel, hopes the organization becomes more active and engaging to Jewish students. He is planning a birthright trip to Israel in December.

U.S. converts to Islam reflect on lives as Muslims

Personal satisfaction and support from friends and family help converts to Islam handle the difficulties they face.

Alive in Christ Lutheran Church introduces new program for children

The new program, "Adventures In Christ PM Edition — Fusion," will be held from Sept. 7 to Oct. 26, and it is provided for kindergarteners to high school school students.

Columbia United Church of Christ to introduce a new service

The Welcome Place will debut at 5 p.m. Sept. 17 and is intended to be a more relaxed, discussion type service.

PHOTO GALLERY: Faithful celebration commemorates the breaking of Ramadan

MU's Muslim Student Organization celebrates the beginning of the fall semester and the breaking of Ramadan on Wednesday in the Mark Twain Ballroom in the Memorial Union.

Former pastor Monk Bryan dies at age 97

Bishop Alonzo Monk Bryan, a former pastor of Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia, is remembered by his family as a man who loved the church.

Former Truman State basketball player puts his energy into homeless ministry

Once a basketball player at Truman State University, Jesse Schrader has redirected his energy and passion into a homeless ministry at Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly.