Looking back: A year of faith & values news

Jul 26, 2013

Columbia Faith & Values, the website behind KBIA's faith and values desk, just celebrated its first anniversary. We've put together some of the best sounds from our first year. 

Once your curiosity has been piqued by listening, take a look at the stories those sounds came from, in the order they were played. 

"Love your neighbor." That's the message Holocaust survivor Romain-Roland Levi shared when he spoke in Columbia for Yom HaShoah, Holocaust remembrance day.  

"Every day is a day of Thanksgiving." That's what a group of women from Russell Chapel C.M.E. Church sang at last year's Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. (Some of the last clips of sound in our celebratory audio montage -- a song about gratitude, and a poem read by Unitarian Universalist Minister Molly Housh Gordon -- are from that same event.)

"What do you think we can do if you want to identify as someone that's a kid for Jesus?" Listen for the fun answers the kids gave during one of the many Vacation Bible Schools in our community last summer -- in one of the first stories we did, we visited three of them. 

"... praise the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit, ..." Listen to these monks at Assumption Abbey chanting part of their midday prayers, which they did after wrapping up their daily batch of fruitcakes. (Yes, they make fruitcakes -- and yes, we tried them, and they are delicious.) The bell that sounds at the end of this audio montage is also from Assumption Abbey.

"Atheism is really growing." That was the gist of a talk given by Dan Barker, a former pastor who later became an atheist activist, and co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. He talked about the growing presence of nontheism at a symposium at Westminster College in Fulton. 

The Muslim call to prayer. This prayer is part of the regular routine for Muslims. We featured it in our story on the funding challenges facing the Islamic Center of Central Missouri.

"This is a view that has to be vigorously contested." Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, gave a talk at MU this spring about international relations, interfaith issues, and his relationship with his grandfather. He spent some time talking about Islam -- many people see it as uniquely flawed, he said, and that perception needs to be changed. 

And as we mentioned, that cheery song about gratitude and the poem that follows are from our Interfaith Thanksgiving piece; the bell that signals the end of our audio montage is from our visit to Assumption Abbey. 

It's been a great year, Columbia -- thanks for keeping up with the faith & values desk. 

Audio produced by Bridgit Bowden. Text by Kellie Kotraba.