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8:00 am
Sat April 27, 2013

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

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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
3:19 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Prayers for Boston [STORIFY]

Two explosions went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon. Like people all across the country, many of those from around mid-Missouri are responding with Tweets of prayer. 

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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
1:47 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Church reenacts the Last Supper, celebrates Passover with “The Lamb”

Valley View Community Church is putting on a reenactment of a historical Passover celebration and the Last Supper.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS.com KBIA

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

Columbia residents took a trip to ancient Jerusalem on Wednesday night when they entered the doors of Valley View Community Church.

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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 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
3:44 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Columbia’s Catholic leaders admire Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation decision

Pope Benedict XVI waves to the crowd as he arrives for an open-air mass in the Terreiro do Paso in Lisbon, on May 11, 2010.
Photo courtesy Catholic Church (England and Wales) via Flickr (http://flic.kr/p/81Az1d).

Fr. Thomas Saucier was on his way to the gym when a friend asked if he had heard the news: Pope Benedict XVI had announced his resignation

He learned more of the details during his workout.

"I'm doing my machine, and on all the networks, that's what they're telecasting," he said. 

Like most other people, Saucier was shocked. 

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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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Faith/Religion
3:21 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Westminster College launches lecture series on religion and C.S. Lewis

Cliff Cain is the first to hold the Harrod-C.S. Lewis Professorship in Religious Studies at Westminster College in Fulton.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

For some, there's a clear separation of religion from reason, reason from religion.

But that's not the way author C.S. Lewis saw it.

To him, religion and reason went together. That idea was the foundation of a talk on Thursday at Westminster College in Fulton. 

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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
12:05 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

In world religions, women have been in combat for centuries

Credit Alexis Grimou [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Pentagon announced Thursday that women can serve in combat positions. But take a look through history -- and religious traditions -- and you'll see that female fighters are nothing new. 

 

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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 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
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
10:02 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Construction and carpet squares: St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church celebrates renovation

This carpet used to be on the floor of the sanctuary. Now, it just might be a decoration in people's homes.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

For just $1, congregants at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church could purchase a square of the old orange carpet that used to cover the sanctuary floor.

“People either hated the carpet or loved the carpet,” said Urb Molitor. He’s the head of the building committee for the church’s recent renovation. 

The congregation celebrated the completion of the renovation Sunday with an open house. They had food in the fellowship hall, a bounce house out back and music on the portico. Members mingled in the new narthex, admiring the extra space and new doors and windows.

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Faith/Religion
9:46 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Community works to CRUSH Hunger

Allison Whittom, Jake Thompson and Jacob Stevens prepare to put packages of food in boxes.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

Hundreds of volunteers packaged thousands of food packages to send to hunger-stricken countries during CRUSH Hunger on Sunday. 

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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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Faith/Religion
8:44 am
Sat September 22, 2012

Environment, atheism key contemporary religious issues

Cliff Cain delivers the opening remarks at Westminster College's symposium on religion on Sept. 18. Cain is a religious studies professor and the chair of this year's symposium committee.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

Religion was one of those things Cliff Cain's mother raised him not to talk about in public – that, along with politics and sex.

With religion alone, he's breaking that rule – in his words, "Religion is as polarizing as politics and as passionate as sex."

Cain is a religious studies professor at Westminster College in Fulton, and he was the chair of the committee for the school's annual symposium. This year, the topic was religion, and more than 40 experts came to give lectures and facilitate discussions. 

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Faith/Religion
6:38 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Nontheism increasing in U.S. and worldwide

Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, discusses atheism at Westminster College's symposium, Religious Experience in Global Society on Sept. 18.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

For 19 years, Dan Barker preached from a Christian pulpit. Now, he’s co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and is an atheist activist. He said he outgrew his religious beliefs. These days, that’s not unusual.

“Agree with it or not, atheism is really growing," he said. "Millions and millions of good Americans don’t believe in a God.”

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