lukas udstuen http://kbia.org en What does your local VFW have in common with your church? http://kbia.org/post/what-does-your-local-vfw-have-common-your-church <p>One in five Americans now <a href="http://www.pewforum.org/Unaffiliated/nones-on-the-rise.aspx">report having no religious affiliation</a>. This number is increasing rapidly. And church attendance in America and Europe is increasing.</p><p>But our communities are filled with instances of people finding meaning outside of religion. The Boone County Veterans of Foreign Wars post, for example, offers veterans a place to unite around their experiences of serving in war. While people find meaning in all sorts of places, the VFW in many ways resembles a church.</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 21:25:55 +0000 Lukas Udstuen 33962 at http://kbia.org What does your local VFW have in common with your church? Community members gather for good-byes as Columbia businessman prepares for incarceration http://kbia.org/post/community-members-gather-good-byes-columbia-businessman-prepares-incarceration <p>More than 100 people crowded&nbsp;into Columbia's Rock Bridge Christian Church last night to celebrate and say goodbye to Columbia businessman&nbsp;Shakir Hamoodi. Next week, Hamoodi is expected to begin a three year federal prison sentence. He earlier pled guilty to sending about $200,000 to family, friends and charities in his native Iraq from 1991 to 2003. Many of the speakers at the event echoed a similar theme: A conflict between what is legal and what is just. Investigators found no evidence that Hamoodi was aiding the Iraqi government through the financial contributions.</p> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 13:21:37 +0000 Lukas Udstuen 19892 at http://kbia.org Community members gather for good-byes as Columbia businessman prepares for incarceration