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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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