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.

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.