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.

New iPhone, iPad app helps you keep track of sins

A new app makes it easier for Roman Catholics to keep track of their sins and complete an examination of conscious before they receive the sacrament of reconciliation.

1,500-year-old church found in Israel

The church, which has an unusually well-preserved mosaic floor with images of lions, foxes, fish and peacocks, will be visible only for another week before archaeologists cover it again with soil for its own protection.

Fr. Tolton Catholic High School prepares for September start

Laptops and e-books will be included in the new high school's curriculum.

Slavery symposium to be held Saturday in Columbia

Event coordinator Carla Marroquin said Columbia is vulnerable to human trafficking because it lies on an interstate and because of the high numbers of students who might lack funds.

Missouri Baptist leader resigns over 'immoral behavior'

The state arm of the Southern Baptist Convention said the Rev. David Tolliver's departure was immediate, and another leader will fill in as executive director until the organization names a permanent replacement.

PHOTO GALLERY: The eight days of Hanukkah

The first of eight candles was lit Wednesday to celebrate Hanukkah.

COMMENT: Weak crowd at new Arrowhead Stadium makes MU-KU game lackluster

Despite a new, state-of-the-art stadium and a beautiful, 50-degree, sun-filled day, Saturday's game had the lowest attendance in the four years the MU-KU football game has been played at the stadium.

Verna Laboy devotes her life to making positive impact in Columbia

Verna Laboy is an example to others to persevere when things are tough. To her friends she is “MIZ Verna” — Motivated, Inspired and Zealous.

Local Mormon churches' membership growing through active missionary work

The Mormon church is growing, and church leaders say that's largely due to young people like Tyler Hemenway and Sean Marett, two tidily dressed young men you may have seen on bikes or on foot in Columbia spreading the word.

40,000 church conventioneers flood St. Louis

The convention of Church of God in Christ, the nation's biggest black Pentecostal denomination, lasts through Monday in downtown St. Louis.