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.

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.