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.
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.
Credit Photo courtesy Lana Wilson and Martha Shane.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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Donation boxes sit in a hallway of the Islamic Center of Central Missouri. The “School Fund” supports the Islamic School of Columbia, which gets no government assistance. The “Masjid Fund” finances the upkeep of the mosque – “masjid” is another word for m
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The Islamic Center of Central Missouri is located on the corner of Elm and Fifth Street. Muslims gather at this time of day to read one out of their five daily prayers.
By Ryan Schuessler and with Megan Rentschler and Evan Townsend
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.”