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
10:45 am
Sat May 11, 2013

Porsha Williams shares challenges of Pagan conversion

Porsha Williams shared her faith conversion story with us.
Credit Photo courtesy Porsha Williams

Porsha Williams knows a thing or two about walls – metaphorical ones, that is. She’s been up against a lot of them, whether religious, psychological or cultural.

She describes herself as a “raised Christian, converted to Pagan woman.” And that conversion is the source of many of these walls.

Williams has always been intrigued with Kemeticism, an ancient Egyptian form of Paganism. But it wasn’t until about three and a half years ago that she decided to start practicing it.

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat May 4, 2013

LifeBridge Lutheran Church reaches “lost generation"

The congregation of LifeBridge Lutheran Church sings along to a worship song in the community building of Hanover Estates in Columbia, Mo. Sunday, April 21.
Evan Townsend/ColumbiaFAVS.com KBIA

This story was produced in partnership with Columbia FAVS

The band of LifeBridge Lutheran Church practices in the community room of an apartment complex each Sunday morning before service begins. Furniture is piled in the corner to their left, and gym equipment in the corner to the right. Though they don’t have their own building to worship in, it’s progress for LifeBridge – a year ago, the church didn’t even exist.

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat April 27, 2013

Wagner's 'Die Meistersinger' reaches back to Reformation, forward to World War II

This story was produced in partnership with Columbia Faith & Values. Find more stories like this one at ColumbiaFAVS.com. You can get instant updates each day on Facebook and Twitter.

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Faith/Religion
8:45 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Hans Neumann recalls days in Hitler Youth

Hans Neumann explains the map of his journey from his hometown in East Prussia to a group of eager cadets. “We travelled over 500 miles until we finally reached a stopping point near Kiel.” Neumann spoke about the devastated country he encountered along his path.
Credit Meredith Turk / KBIA

This story was produced in partnership with Columbia Faith & Values (ColumbiaFAVS.com).

Hans Neumann was raised in a small, forested village in East Prussia, just five miles from the Lithuanian border. He was forced to leave his home at the age of 15, near the end of World War II. Germany was losing, and Russian troops were moving west. 

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat April 13, 2013

The power of story: Words from a Holocaust survivor and Gandhi's grandson

Romain-Roland Levi visited MU to speak about his memories of the Holocaust. He grew up in Belgium during World War II.
Credit Evan Townsend / KBIA

This segment was produced in partnership with Columbia Faith & Values. Find more news like this at ColumbiaFAVS.com. 

Two people with remarkable stories to share came to MU this week, and we hear from both of them in this faith and values update. Romain-Roland Levi shared his experiences in Belgium during World War II, and Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mohatma Gandhi, talked about his grandfather, along with the India-Pakistan conflict.

Holocaust survivor lives to spread love

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Faith/Religion
7:30 am
Sat April 6, 2013

Churches undergo stress before improvement with Healthy Church Initiative

Pastor Meg Hegemann and congregation members welcome new member John Flaim to Wilkes Boulevard First United Methodist Church in Columbia.
Kate Grumke/ColumbiaFAVS.com KBIA

This story was produced in partnership with Columbia Faith & Values. Find more stories like this one at ColumbiaFAVS.com.

 

On a Sunday morning at Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church in Columbia, about 30 people sing to welcome two new members to their congregation.

John Flaim is one of the newcomers. He came to Wilkes about five months ago.

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat March 30, 2013

Druid community works to form new church

Cicyfarth explains part of high day ritual as members of White Hawethorne Protogrove look on in Panera Bread Co. in Columbia, Mo. The group celebrates eight high days throughout the year, including the solstices and equinoxes.
Evan Townsend KBIA

Cicyfarth and four other members of the White Hawthorne Protogrove talk over food at a restaurant in downtown Columbia, planning their ritual to recognize the spring equinox.

These five have been meeting periodically for sandwiches and fellowship for nearly half a year. They are neo-druids, people who draw on a multitude of pantheons to find positive ethics, natural harmony, and spiritual connection. Since the fall of 2012, Cicyfarth and the others have been fighting to become a church.

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Faith/Religion
9:44 am
Sat March 23, 2013

Spirituality meets travel in William Claassen's “Journey Man”

In his new book "Journey Man: A World Calling," Columbia author William Claassen takes his readers around the globe.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS.com KBIA

This story was produced in partnership with Columbia Faith & Values. 

When the world called, William Claassen said "Yes." 

The Columbia author has hitchhiked across North America, worked on a kibbutz in Israel and 

He recently published his third book, "Journey Man: A World Calling." The book tells of his travels through nine countries on four continenets over a 30-years span.

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Faith/Religion
7:00 am
Sat March 16, 2013

Catholic youth respond to Pope Francis

Students, faculty and staff of Fr. Tolton Catholic High School threw a pope party on March 14, the day after Pope Francis was elected.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS.com KBIA

On Wednesday, the Cardinals of the Catholic church elected Jorge Mario Borgeglio of Argentina to be the new pope. He’s the first pope from South America, and the first from the Jesuit order of priests. He’s also the first to choose the name Francis.

We spent part of Wednesday and Thursay at Fr. Tolton Catholic High School in Columbia to find out what some of Columbia's young Catholics think of the new pope. 

Like many other people, Corrine Hubbard admires his humility.

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat March 2, 2013

'The Amen Corner' brings church challenges, life lessons to the stage

The cast of the MU production of James Baldwin's "The Amen Corner," directed by Clyde Ruffin.
FAVS photo courtesy Clyde Ruffin

Community and campus converge in the cast of MU's production of "The Amen Corner," a play by James Baldwin that finishes its run this weekend. 

The play tells the story of an African-American woman who starts a small storefront church in Harlem in 1965. She's recently migrated there from the south with her 18-year-old son, who plays the church piano.

But unbeknownst to the congregation, she has a secret past. She was once married to a jazz musician who was an alcoholic, but after their child died, she left him. His arrival one Sunday sends a scandal through the church. 

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True/False
8:00 am
Sat February 23, 2013

'After Tiller' delves into complex lives of third-trimester abortion doctors

Dr. Warren Hern meeting with a patient at his Boulder, Colo., clinic. From Martha Shane and Lana Wilson's 'After Tiller,' a documentary about the last four doctors in the US who provide third-trimester abortions.
Photo courtesy Lana Wilson and Martha Shane.

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Festival.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat February 16, 2013

For female pastors, dating brings unique challenges

Amy Gearhardt and her husband, Mark Anderson, were married last year. Gearhardt is a pastor at Missouri United Methodist Church.
Photo courtesy Amy Gearhardt

In some Christian denominations, it’s getting more common to see women preaching from the pulpit on Sunday mornings. Still, it’s a slow cultural shift – some denominations don’t allow female pastors, and many churches that do are just getting female pastors for the first time. All that’s to say that being a clergy woman has its own set of challenges – and those challenges come into play on the dating scene. 

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat February 9, 2013

LISTEN: Researcher explores relationship between death, supernatural belief

Kenneth Vail is a researcher in the psychology department at MU. His recent research explores the connection between awareness of mortality and supernatural belief.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

Awareness of death can lead people to strengthen and defend their own religious beliefs, according to a recent psychological study led by MU researcher Kenneth Vail. 

And that doesn't just apply to those who believe in a higher power already.  

The foundation of Vail's researcg comes from the idea that part of the motivation for religious belief is the awareness of death – an idea that has deep philosophical roots, Vail said. Recent experimental research also points to the notion that people use belief to help manage awareness of mortality. 

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Education
3:27 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Group protests MU's potential hire of former Guantanamo psychologist Larry James

Jeff Stack of the Mid-Missouri Fellowship of Reconciliation addresses Daniel Clay, dean of the College of Eduation, who came outside to respond to the protest of the possible hire of former Guantanamo psychologist Larry James.
Kellie Kotraba ColumbiaFAVS

About 40 protestors gathered today in response to MU's possible hire of Larry James, a former psychologist at Guantanamo Bay, for a high-ranking position in the College of Education.

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Faith/Religion
12:09 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Midweek Missouri faith fix: Shoes, "Catholic" conflict and football

Note:  KBIA's faith and values desk is trying something new. Each week, we'll bring you a quick look at the religion news happening all over the state. Here's our first Midweek Missouri faith fix. 

On the Columbia faith front, there's quite a conversation going about faith in the workplace -- and a lot of "out" atheists have jumped right in.

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat January 26, 2013

In overcoming obstacles to volunteer commitments, asking for help is key

Jimi and Cristi Cook are both professors of veterinary medicine at MU and also co-founded and direct a non-profit organization, Be The Change Volunteers (BTCV), dedicated to providing educational opportunities for the most remote a
Photo courtesy of Jimi and Cristi Cook

It's one thing to say you'll go on a big volunteer trip. But doing it? That seems much harder. Just ask Jimi and Cristi Cook. 

The Cooks are the co-founders and directors of Be the Change Volunteers, an organization that coordinates trips to impoverished countries around the world to build schools. It's the kind of volunteer effort the Cooks refer to as "the big one" – the kind that takes people out of their comfort zones. 

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Faith/Religion
7:00 am
Sat January 5, 2013

Columbia mosque faces imam shortage and funding challenges

Men kneel in worship as another sings the call to prayer at the Islamic Center of Central Missouri. Even though the mosque does not have an official imam, or prayer leader and scholar, members of the community step up to perform the role, like the call to
Ryan Schuessler, ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

Since 2008, the Islamic Center of Central Missouri has been without an imam – a central community leader in Islam. Although Columbia’s Muslim community has found ways to stay active, it is without a formally trained spiritual leader.

Imams lead prayers, serve as religious scholars and assist with weddings and lectures, among other things.

Without an imam, “You won’t have someone who you can ask questions to frequently,” mosque Secretary Rafa Nizam said. “The access to knowledge might not be as easy.”

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat December 22, 2012

For Missouri monks, fruitcake is a slice of the divine

The taste of fruits, nuts, spices, burgundy wine and rum blend together in a moist fruitcake made by the Trappist monks at Assumption Abbey outside of Ava, Mo. The monks there have been making fruitcakes for 25 years.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS.com KBIA

Some monasteries make jelly, creamed honey, even world-class beer.

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

Where atheism meets faith and values: An interview with Greg Lammers

Greg Lammers is the organizer of Columbia Atheists, the state director for American Atheists and the atheist writer for Columbia Faith and Values, one of KBIA's media partners.
Kellie Kotraba\ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

Atheism is not usually considered a faith -- so why has our faith and values desk covered it? In this week's update, we bring you an answer.

Greg Lammers, the atheist writer for Columbia Faith & Values and the organizer for Columbia Atheists, sat down with Kellie Kotraba to talk about atheism, values and the relationship between the two. 

You can also listen to the full 10-minute interview below:

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

Kelsey Gillespy's "Little Light"

Kelsey Gillespy, the Catholic writer for Columbia Faith and Values, stopped by the studio for an interview about her video project, "This Little Light."
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

In this week's faith and values update, we hear from Kelsey Gillespy, the Catholic writer for Columbia Faith and values. She just finished a made-at-home documentary called "This Little Light," which aims to dispel misconceptions about Christianity – some of which she used to have herself, even though she grew up Christian. 

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat December 1, 2012

Small-town Orthodoxy brings diverse group together

andles hang in front of large icons of at St. Luke’s the Evangelist Greek Orthodox Church on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 in Columbia, Mo. Worshipers can bring candles to set in front of the images, and many kiss them before returning to the pews.
Ryan Schuessler\ColumbiaFAVS.com KBIA

Columbia’s Orthodox Christian community is growing – at least, that’s what churchgoers say it feels like.

*Clarification: The audio version of this story contains misleading information about the church's connection to the Great Schism of 1054. The church was among five patriarchates dating from the third century, and the schism was a time of separation -- the Roman Church split from the other four -- not a time of origin.

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Faith/Religion
6:00 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Cultures, beliefs converge with Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Women from Russel Chapel C.M.E. Church sang a gospel song about glorifying God at the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. "Every day is a day of Thanksgiving," they sang.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS

Happy Thanksgiving – that’s one holiday greeting you hear at this time of year that’s not part of a specific faith tradition.

The idea of giving thanks transcends religious, social and cultural boundaries. Thanks can be expressed in any language or tradition.

And that’s just what happened Sunday at an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. Christians, Muslims and Jews, Baha'is, Buddhists and Hindus, and people from several other faith traditions came together to share. Beliefs and languages converged as sounds of thanksgiving and peace rose through the air.

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Faith/Religion
4:56 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

“Coming Out” stories: The freedom and loss of saying “I’m an atheist”

Joe Eversole, an atheist from Oklahoma, felt a great sense of freedom when he embraced his atheist identity. He got this tattoo before coming out as an atheist, but he said it describes the feeling he got from being an open atheist.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS

The role of religious affiliation in the United States is changing.

According to a recent survey from the Pew Forum, one in five Americans is not affiliated with any religion

A small part of this growing group is made up of atheists.

Last weekend, hundreds of atheists gathered in the Bible Belt – Springfield, to be exact – for Skepticon, a national skeptics convention. Not all skeptics are atheists, but many of them are.

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Faith/Religion
6:08 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Hundreds of years later, effects of Reformation linger

The Protestant Reformation was sparked back in the 1500s. Now, nearly 500 years later, its unintended effects continue to linger.
Credit Photo by Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS

The presidential election is just a few days away, but that’s not what this week's faith and values update is about. 

Instead, we’re going to talk about something that was making news about 500 years ago in Germany: The Protestant Reformation. This past Wednesday was Reformation Day – the anniversary of the day in 1517 when the movement began.

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Faith/Religion
3:00 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Hispanics connect to culture through faith

Melania Aguilar of Jefferson City teaches a Sunday school class during the Gethsemane Pentecostal Church’s Hispanic Service. Aguilar moved to the U.S. from Honduras 10 years ago.
Laura Davison\ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

Columbia’s Hispanic population is growing, and so are opportunities for worship in Spanish.

The majority of Columbia Hispanics are still Catholic, but a Pentecostal congregation and the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are among those reaching out by ministering in Spanish.

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Faith/Religion
3:00 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Hispanics connect to culture through faith

Melania Aguilar of Jefferson City teaches a Sunday school class during the Gethsemane Pentecostal Church’s Hispanic Service. Aguilar moved to the U.S. from Honduras 10 years ago.
Laura Davison\ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

 

Columbia’s Hispanic population is growing, and so are opportunities for worship in Spanish.

The majority of Columbia Hispanics are still Catholic, but a Pentecostal congregation and the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are among those reaching out by ministering in Spanish.

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Faith/Religion
9:04 am
Sat October 20, 2012

MU professor helps with new Christian hymn book

This page from "Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs" shows that in phrased notation, the poetry guides the length of lines and width of margins.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS

Craig Roberts teaches plant science at the University of Missouri. But he also has another passion: music. He’s spent the past few years helping with a new project – a book of Christian hymns entitled “Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs.” If you appreciate poetry, there’s a good chance you’ll like this.

Looking at the big picture, hymns have always been an important part of church life -- at least, according to Mark Noll. He teaches history at Notre Dame University. He’s also co-edited books on the history of hymns in American Protestantism. 

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Faith/Religion
1:44 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Bluegrass brings new life to old traditions at Rocheport church

Congregants gather inside First Christian Church in Rocheport for the monthly bluegrass service.
Ryan Schuessler/ColumbiaFAVS

One Rocheport church is finding new life in old traditions. 

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat October 6, 2012

Museum exhibit depicts Hindu deities through sculpture and story

MU's Museum of Art and Archaeology is currently displaying "Seeing the Divine in Hindu Art." The exhibit runs through Dec. 16.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

 

In this week's Faith and Values update, we take a trip to the Museum of Art and Archaeology at MU, where the current exhibit explores the divine in Hindu art.

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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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