Columbia Faith and Values

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

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Faith/Religion
7:00 am
Sat September 7, 2013

Belief systems impact educator performance, Mizzou researcher finds

MU researcher Noelle Witherspoon-Arnold explores the impact of belief systems in the performance of educators.
Bridgit Bowden KBIA

 

Belief systems have a role in shaping the performance of teachers and principles – that’s what MU researcher Noelle Witherspoon-Arnold has found. According to Witherspoon-Arnold, educators with strong belief systems are more connected to their work and their students, and they are more likely to be social justice-oriented than educators without strong belief systems. But “belief system” doesn’t always mean religion – and whatever that system is, there are often tensions at play.

We sat down with her to find out more. Answers have been edited for length and clarity. 

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Faith/Religion
7:00 am
Sat August 31, 2013

Moving on: Joplin Muslim community moves forward after mosque burns to ground

The remains of the Joplin mosque show the extent of the destruction that happened in a fire on Aug. 6, 2012. This photo was taken less than a month after the fire.
Kellie Kotraba, Columbia Faith & Values KBIA

This week, Columbia Faith & Values and its partner sites explored what happens when violence crosses thresholds in churches, synagogues and mosques. You can read the whole series on ColumbiaFAVS.com.

The story we bring you today takes us to Joplin. What happens when your worship space burns to the ground, and no one even knows who or what is at fault? How do you go on?

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat August 24, 2013

MU professor chosen to explore spirituality and the brain in international fellowship

Brick Johnstone, a professor and neuropsychologist, is among eight scholars from around the world who will be exploring spirituality and the brain during a nine-month fellowship.
Credit Courtesy MU Department of Health Psychology

What goes on in the brain during a spiritual experience?

The answers to that question are Brick Johnstone’s specialty.

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Faith/Religion
3:42 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

New principal hopes to bring stability to Catholic school

Principal Elaine Hassemer tells sixth-grade teaching Jennifer Borisenko how much she likes the bright zebra-print decorations in the classroom. Both Hassemer and Borisenko are new to the school.
Kellie Kotraba, Columbia Faith & Values KBIA

When school begins on Wednesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School, students will meet a new principal – again. 

Since 2007, the school has gone through four principals. That makes Elaine Hassemer, the new principal, the fifth one in six years.

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Faith/Religion
4:38 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Camp Jump Start transforms lifestyles for young campers

Jean Huelsing is the founder of Camp Jump Start. She likes the symbol of the frog because just like the frog goes through metamorphosis, the campers go through a type of metamorphosis while they are at camp.
Heather Adams, Columbia Faith & Values

 

At 12 years old, Summer Davis was frustrated with the amount of weight she had gained.

“I started getting really annoyed and mad at myself for being overweight,” she said.

She began researching weight loss tips online when she stumbled across the website for a camp near St. Louis: Camp Jump Start, a weight loss camp for 10- to 18-year-olds. “I realized you have to work hard instead of taking a pill or doing some weird thing to lose weight fast – you have to actually work hard,” Davis said.

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Faith/Religion
11:39 am
Sat August 3, 2013

New Generation Singers take music to the road

Elizabeth Goller sings a solo as musical director, Bemo Meyers, conducts the New Generation Singers.
Heather Adams, Columbia Faith & Values

 

The message of music is even more meaningful when it's taken on the road – at least, that's how the New Generation Singers see it. 

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Business
11:50 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Altar’d State brings Christian clothing, values to Columbia Mall

Credit Altar'd State

Kayla Lewis was shopping at the Columbia Mall when she saw a new store that piqued her interest. The next week, she brought her mom along to shop at Altar’d State.

Altar’d State opened in the Columbia Mall July 5, bringing a touch of Christianity to shoppers.

“We wanted to swim upstream,” Altar'd State CEO Aaron Walters said. “The world was going one way, and we saw an opportunity to go another.”

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Faith/Religion
4:13 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Looking back: A year of faith & values news

Columbia Faith & Values celebrated its anniversary with a ribbon cutting in the KBIA newsroom.
Photo by Ryan Famuliner KBIA

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. 

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Faith/Religion
8:26 am
Sat July 20, 2013

What's with those "Mackerel Snappers"? Jefferson City author explains difficult Catholic teachings

"Mackerel Snappers," a new book by Jefferson City author Spencer Allen, explains some difficult Catholic teachings. The book is pictured here on display in Divinity Religious Gift Shop in Jefferson City.
Kellie Kotraba, Columbia Faith & Values KBIA

 

When Catholics used to abstain from eating meat every Friday, often eating fish instead, they earned a nickname: "mackerel snappers."

That practice has gone away – except during Lent, the season before Easter – and so has the nickname. 

 

But that nickname is now the title of a new book that seeks to explain often misunderstood teachings of Catholicism. 

 

The man behind the book is Spencer Allen, an apologist, husband, father of four and the principal of St. Joseph Cathedral School in Jefferson City. 

 

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Faith/Religion
5:30 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Interfaith gardens grow food and fellowship

Volunteers work in one of Columbia's interfaith community gardens.
Photo courtesy Lily Chan

 

Volunteers from different faith communities have been working together to grow food. Columbia has more than 30 community garden plots, and several of them are interfaith gardens. 

Monta Welch is the founder of a group called Interfaith Care for Creation, which has started an interfaith garden project in Columbia.  The goal of the program is to educate different faith communities about environmental stewardship, she said. 

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Education
8:57 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Community shares memories of Eliot Battle

Photo credit: Eliot Battle and his daughter Muriel Jean Battle Browder at the dedication of Battle High School on June 3, 2013.
Photo courtesy Columbia Public Schools.

When anyone asked Eliot Battle how he was doing, he would always answer, "Super."

Battle, a longtime Columbia educator, died Tuesday (June 11) from injuries sustained after a car crass Friday. He was 88. 

Battle had a key role in the desegregation of Columbia's public schools. And the new high school in town, Muriel Williams Battle High School, was named in honor of his wife, who died in 2003.

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat June 8, 2013

Missouri author explores connection between pain and morals in new book

MU alumnus Gavin Hooks, a St. Louis veterinarian, recently wrote a book on spiritual pain from a Christian perspective.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS.com KBIA

 

When Gavin Hooks' parents divorced, his Christian faith faded.

"I felt like God had left me, or I felt like my faith wasn't sufficient to work through this problem," he said. He didn't stop believe in God, but for about a year, he "dropped out" of his faith walk. 

Eventually, he returned. He'd worked through the issues of his parents' volatile split – or so he thought. 

Fast forward 20 years. Hooks' mother died, and he realized something: He still had deep issues that he hadn't dealt with. 

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat May 25, 2013

Church holds active shooter training

Columbia Police Department. Two officers recently held an active shooter training day at Alive in Christ Lutheran Church.
KBIA

 

When Michael Hestir visited Alive in Christ Lutheran Church earlier this month, he wasn't there to worship. He was there to help churchgoers prepare for a possible emergency.

Hestir, a sergeant of the Columbia Police Department, has been going to churches around Boone County for the past five years to raise awareness on church violence and how to act.

In the past decade, America has seen an increase in people coming into church buildings and taking lives.

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat May 18, 2013

Catholic church finds fresh ways to spread message in New Evangelization

The Archdiocese of St. Louis held a conference Tuesday to equip parishes, schools and other Catholic communicators to spread their faith as part of the New Evangelization.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS.com KBIA

There are enough former Catholics in the United States to make up a large Christian denomination of their own.

According to the Religious Landscape Survey conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life in 2008, one in 10 American adults identifies as an ex-Catholic. And of the 25 percent of American adults who are still Catholic, only one in four attend mass regularly.

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Faith/Religion
2:56 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Humanist group demands end to teacher-led prayers at Fayette High School

Stock image of school supplies.
Kearston Winrow/ColumbiaFAVS.com KBIA

  The American Humanist Association is demanding that weekly prayer sessions at Fayette High School be stopped on grounds that they are unconstitutional. 

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