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Kellie Moore

Reporter

Kellie Moore  joined the KBIA news team in June 2012. She is the editor and community manager of Columbia Faith and Values. ColumbiaFAVS covers faith and values in mid-Missouri and is part of a partnership with Religion News LLC, the national non-profit behind Religion News Service. Kellie's first experience with KBIA was in summer 2011, when she was a reporter and afternoon news anchor. She has also been a reporter and assistant editor for the Columbia Missourian, and she earned a master's degree in journalism at the University of Missouri. She grew up in Nevada (the state), and she has a bachelor's degree in English from Concordia University Irvine in southern California. 

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Faith/Religion
9:46 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Community works to CRUSH Hunger

Allison Whittom, Jake Thompson and Jacob Stevens prepare to put packages of food in boxes.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

Hundreds of volunteers packaged thousands of food packages to send to hunger-stricken countries during CRUSH Hunger on Sunday. 

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat September 29, 2012

Todd Akin, God and being American

Kristofor Husted KBIA

Remember those old sayings about not talking religion and politics? Well, this week's faith and values update has both. We’re looking at the faith angle of Republican Congressman Todd Akin’s campaign.

Akin has been criticized since he made a comment about what he called “legitimate rape,” which he later apologized for. He recently made the news again for saying his opponent in the Senate race, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, was more “ladylike” in a previous campaign.

But he still has support from several conservative Christian leaders and organizations.   

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Faith/Religion
8:44 am
Sat September 22, 2012

Environment, atheism key contemporary religious issues

Cliff Cain delivers the opening remarks at Westminster College's symposium on religion on Sept. 18. Cain is a religious studies professor and the chair of this year's symposium committee.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

Religion was one of those things Cliff Cain's mother raised him not to talk about in public – that, along with politics and sex.

With religion alone, he's breaking that rule – in his words, "Religion is as polarizing as politics and as passionate as sex."

Cain is a religious studies professor at Westminster College in Fulton, and he was the chair of the committee for the school's annual symposium. This year, the topic was religion, and more than 40 experts came to give lectures and facilitate discussions. 

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Faith/Religion
6:38 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Nontheism increasing in U.S. and worldwide

Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, discusses atheism at Westminster College's symposium, Religious Experience in Global Society on Sept. 18.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

For 19 years, Dan Barker preached from a Christian pulpit. Now, he’s co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and is an atheist activist. He said he outgrew his religious beliefs. These days, that’s not unusual.

“Agree with it or not, atheism is really growing," he said. "Millions and millions of good Americans don’t believe in a God.”

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat September 15, 2012

Dignitaries discuss young Vietnamese religion Cao Dai

Canh Tran, a visiting dignitary for the Cao Dai religion, shows the pictures in a book about Cao Dai to a KBIA reporter. Tran and other dignitaries were visiting for a presentation on the religion.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

In this week's faith and values update, we learn about a religion that was founded in Vietnam less than 100 years ago. It’s called Cao Dai, and those who practice it see it as one religion to unify the rest.

Dignitaries of Cao Dai came Columbia earlier this week to do a presentation on the religion and spread the word about the religion – but not in the way you might think. 

Proselytizing is forbidden in the religion, so they weren't trying to gain converts. Instead, they were looking for prospective researchers.

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat September 8, 2012

Muslims in Joplin receive interfaith support after mosque fire

Remnants of prayer rugs lie amid the rubble of what used to be a mosque in Joplin. The mosque burned down on Aug. 6. The fire is still under investigation.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

It’s been about one month since a fire destroyed the only mosque in Joplin. Now, members of the Islamic Society of Joplin – and the interfaith community there – are picking up the pieces.

The mosque was burned down before daylight on August 6, during the holy month of Ramadan.

The FBI is still investigating the cause of the fire. Earlier in summer, on July 4, someone tried to set fire to the roof. That incident is still under investigation, too. 

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Faith/Religion
1:42 am
Wed August 8, 2012

"Right to Pray" amendment passes

KBIA file photo

Missouri voters voiced their support for Amendment 2 yesterday.

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Faith/Religion
11:42 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Missouri 'Right to Pray' amendment stirs debate

The Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS

An amendment to the Missouri constitution is under debate as voters prepare for tomorrow’s primary election. 

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Faith/Religion
9:03 am
Sat August 4, 2012

A look back: Vacation Bible School season comes to a close

Paul Jordan Baxter and Callie Brinkman try to answer questions in the opening gameshow at Forum Christian Church's Vacation Bible School program. Teenage volunteer Kaitlyn Marsh passes the microphone between contestants.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS

Summertime is coming to a close, and with it, Vacation Bible School season. 

For Vacation Bible School, a tradition among Christian churches, children come to church for a few hours a day for about a week. But it's not just formal Bible lessons – they play games, sing songs, do crafts and eat snacks. 

The producer behind KBIA's new Columbia Faith and Values desk visited some of the Vacation Bible Schools that happened in Columbia this summer and spoke with volunteers, leaders and of course, the children. 

Columbia Faith and Values

Kellie Moore brings us an update from the Faith & Values desk.  This program is a collaboration between KBIA and Columbia FAVS.

Faith/Religion
4:36 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Secular Coalition for Missouri starts organizing leadership

The Secular Coalition for Missouri plans to lobby for stronger separation of religion and government at the state level. The group is currently in its organizing phase.
File Photo KBIA

A newly formed secular lobbying group is one step closer to finalizing its leadership after its second state-wide organizing call Thursday. 

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Faith/Religion
6:05 pm
Sat July 21, 2012

Thousands gather in downtown Columbia to remember fallen soldier [video]

A crowd gathers before the funeral of Army Spc. Sterling Wyatt on July 21 at First Baptist Church on Broadway. Wyatt died earlier this month in Afghanistan, and thousands of community members gathered in red shirts to support the family.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS

Columbia came together on Saturday to remember a fallen soldier. A radical protest group had said it would be in town for the funeral, but it was overshadowed. The event was much more than a response to a protest. 

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Faith/Religion
2:31 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Flags surround church in honor of fallen soldier Sterling Wyatt

American flags line the sidewalk around First Baptist Church in downtown Columbia in preparation for the funeral Saturday of Spc. Sterling Wyatt, who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS

The Patriot Guard placed flags around First Baptist Church on Broadway in downtown Columbia in preparation for the funeral of Spc. Sterling Wyatt. 

Wyatt died July 11 while on duty in Afghanistan. Groups of supporters lined the streets of Columbia Thursday  during a procession from Columbia Regional Airport to Wyatt's home. 

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Faith/Religion
12:19 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Mid-Missouri Mormons celebrate religious freedom with walk, run

Luca Arellano, Eliza Law, Nora Pusmechnikova and Quincy Brown run in front of Nick Becker and Drew Brown during the Parley P. Pratt Memorial Freedom Event.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

Columbia’s Mormon congregations celebrated religious freedom this morning and marked an event from the church’s history. 

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Faith/Religion
3:34 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Secular Coalition for America to create Missouri chapter

The Capitol of Missouri in Jefferson City.
david_shane Flickr

Missouri is next on the list to create a state chapter of a national organization that lobbies for strong separation of religion and government. 

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