Group seeks Missouri ballot measure limiting loans

The secretary of state's office approved the wording of the proposed ballot summary, allowing supporters to begin a petition drive.

Arab unrest, high food prices cast pall on Ramadan

Ramadan falls this year during the scorching summer, when tempers already running hot could easily boil over, especially as Egyptians complain about the continued rise in food prices and the general economic malaise after the uprising.

Better Business Bureau warns of fake Joplin charity organization

The Southwest Missouri BBB said, a charity collecting donations for Joplin, is not registered as a nonprofit group. Attorney General Chris Koster's office said it is investigating.

4,500 couples celebrate at mass wedding reception in Indonesia

About 15,000 guests attended the mass wedding reception in Jakarta. The couples were from low-income backgrounds and received free marriage certificates.

Islamic Center of Central Missouri plans expansion

The center has filed a preliminary plan with the city to include a two-story school complex; a four-story, 27-apartment complex; a gymnasium; and a kitchen.

Kansas City police find more children's images on priest's computer

A search warrant indicates that police found images of a child on a computer at the residence of a priest facing charges of three counts of possessing child pornography.

Former Catholic monk tells The Kansas City Star he abused teens

The former monk is a central figure in a sexual abuse lawsuit. He said he has sexual contact with multiple choir members, of which two were between 16 and 18 years old.

Kansas City diocese creates position to oversee sex abuse investigations

The diocese transferred responsibilities regarding sex abuse allegations to a new individual, but some say this won't change how the diocese investigates sex crimes. 

Friendship Baptist Church to hold fundraiser Saturday

The fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Olivet Christian Church barbecue to be held rain or shine

Olivet Christian Church will hold its 54th annual chicken and mutton barbecue Saturday. About 2,000 people are expected to attend.

Jewish festival Shavuot observed at Congregation Beth Shalom

The Tuesday evening service held to observe the start of the one-day festival had 22 attendees, but the low number was no surprise to Rabbi Yossi Feintuch. Although the Jewish community in Columbia is small, a sense of community is important.

K. KENDALL MATHEWS: God is our sanctuary from the storms

In times of adversity, God will never give us more than we can bear.

Hope Church in Columbia to close this month

After opening in 2003, Columbia Hope Episcopal Church is closing its doors due to low attendance and funding. The church will hold its last service June 26.

Cicada: It's what's for dinner

Cooking with cicadas is one way to accept the singing insects' arrival.

Groups celebrate, 'rock the park' for National Day of Prayer

The Latter House Kingdom Ministries held a "Rock the Park" National Day of Prayer celebration for youth in Cosmo Park. Meanwhile, the week-long Pray Without Ceasing event run by MU students ended Thursday.

Couple provides spiritual support to Spanish-speaking population of St. Joseph

By working with a Spanish-speaking congregation, the Haleys say they are doing international mission work in the heart of the United States.

UPDATE: Missouri House members mull ban on international laws

A House committee heard testimony Wednesday on a measure that would prevent courts from considering international and Sharia law.

PHOTO GALLERY: Lent begins with Ash Wednesday traditions

Ash Wednesday, which was March 9 this year, marks the start of the liturgical season of Lent, a time of solemn preparation for Easter. Church-goers in Columbia observed the start of the season at services Wednesday.

Author Kathleen Norris inspires church members before Lent

Best-selling Christian author Kathleen Norris visited Broadway Christian Church the weekend before Lent to share her reflections and participate in discussions. Norris talked plainly about caring for her husband before his death and struggles with spiritual indifference.

COLUMN: Martin Luther King Jr. wanted us to realize our dreams

The world is marred by social, political and economic inequality, but we should stand to make a difference and fight for everyone's rights.