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

Dignitaries discuss young Vietnamese religion Cao Dai

Canh Tran, a visiting dignitary for the Cao Dai religion, shows the pictures in a book about Cao Dai to a KBIA reporter. Tran and other dignitaries were visiting for a presentation on the religion.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

In this week's faith and values update, we learn about a religion that was founded in Vietnam less than 100 years ago. It’s called Cao Dai, and those who practice it see it as one religion to unify the rest.

Dignitaries of Cao Dai came Columbia earlier this week to do a presentation on the religion and spread the word about the religion – but not in the way you might think. 

Proselytizing is forbidden in the religion, so they weren't trying to gain converts. Instead, they were looking for prospective researchers.

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

Muslims in Joplin receive interfaith support after mosque fire

Remnants of prayer rugs lie amid the rubble of what used to be a mosque in Joplin. The mosque burned down on Aug. 6. The fire is still under investigation.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

It’s been about one month since a fire destroyed the only mosque in Joplin. Now, members of the Islamic Society of Joplin – and the interfaith community there – are picking up the pieces.

The mosque was burned down before daylight on August 6, during the holy month of Ramadan.

The FBI is still investigating the cause of the fire. Earlier in summer, on July 4, someone tried to set fire to the roof. That incident is still under investigation, too. 

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

Community expresses support as Shakir Hamoodi begins prison sentence

Hamoodi Family HelpHamoodi.org

It’s been less than one week since Shakir Hamoodi – a Columbia businessman – had to leave his community and start his 3-year prison sentence. 

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat August 25, 2012

New minister of First Baptist Church pushes through challenges

The Rev. Carol McEntyre began her role as senior pastor at First Baptist Church in downtown Columbia in July. During her first week, news broke that Army Spc. Sterling Wyatt, a member of the church, was killed in Afghanistan.
Photo courtesy of First Baptist Church

Harum Helmy finds out what the Rev. Carol McEntyre's first week as senior pastor at First Baptist Church was like.

About one month ago, the Rev. Carol McEntyre started as senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Columbia.

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Faith/Religion
5:18 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Arrival of new pastor eases stress at Catholic churches, but challenges remain

Sacred Heart Catholic Church near downtown Columbia was without a pastor to call its own for about a year. Fr. Thomas Saucier of the St. Thomas More Newman Center served both parishes until the recent arrival of Fr. Herb Hayek.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS

Earlier this summer, Fr. Herb Hayek arrived from Chicago as the new pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Columbia. 

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Faith/Religion
1:42 am
Wed August 8, 2012

"Right to Pray" amendment passes

KBIA file photo

Missouri voters voiced their support for Amendment 2 yesterday.

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Faith/Religion
9:03 am
Sat August 4, 2012

A look back: Vacation Bible School season comes to a close

Paul Jordan Baxter and Callie Brinkman try to answer questions in the opening gameshow at Forum Christian Church's Vacation Bible School program. Teenage volunteer Kaitlyn Marsh passes the microphone between contestants.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS

Summertime is coming to a close, and with it, Vacation Bible School season. 

For Vacation Bible School, a tradition among Christian churches, children come to church for a few hours a day for about a week. But it's not just formal Bible lessons – they play games, sing songs, do crafts and eat snacks. 

The producer behind KBIA's new Columbia Faith and Values desk visited some of the Vacation Bible Schools that happened in Columbia this summer and spoke with volunteers, leaders and of course, the children. 

Faith/Religion
4:54 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Finding my religion: Author Pamay Bassey's year of worship

Pamay Bassey is the author of "My 52 Weeks of Worship, Lessons from a Global, Spiritual, Interfaith Journey."

When author Pamay Bassey suffered the loss of two family members and the end of  a relationship she embarked on a unique journey – she visited a different place of worship, every week, for a year, in search of guidance.

That experience became a book called My 52 Weeks of Worship, Lessons from a Global, Spiritual, Interfaith Journey.

Kristin Torres, reporting for KBIA and the Columbia Faith and Values desk, spoke to Bassey, before her appearance in St. Louis this weekend.

Faith/Religion
4:36 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Secular Coalition for Missouri starts organizing leadership

The Secular Coalition for Missouri plans to lobby for stronger separation of religion and government at the state level. The group is currently in its organizing phase.
File Photo KBIA

A newly formed secular lobbying group is one step closer to finalizing its leadership after its second state-wide organizing call Thursday. 

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Faith/Religion
6:05 pm
Sat July 21, 2012

Thousands gather in downtown Columbia to remember fallen soldier [video]

A crowd gathers before the funeral of Army Spc. Sterling Wyatt on July 21 at First Baptist Church on Broadway. Wyatt died earlier this month in Afghanistan, and thousands of community members gathered in red shirts to support the family.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS

Columbia came together on Saturday to remember a fallen soldier. A radical protest group had said it would be in town for the funeral, but it was overshadowed. The event was much more than a response to a protest. 

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Faith/Religion
3:34 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Secular Coalition for America to create Missouri chapter

The Capitol of Missouri in Jefferson City.
david_shane Flickr

Missouri is next on the list to create a state chapter of a national organization that lobbies for strong separation of religion and government. 

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Faith/Religion
9:03 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Yahweh's Restoration Ministry to broadcast on national television

Ryk Neethling flickr

A Holts Summit-based ministry is about to make its debut on Dish Network television.

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