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.

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.