"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.
Credit Kellie Kotraba, Columbia Faith & Values / KBIA
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.
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.
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.