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.”
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.
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.
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Worshipers make the sign of the cross as Father Michael Monos passes by at St. Luke’s the Evangelist Greek Orthodox Church in Columbia. The Orthodox Church is the second largest Christian community in the world.
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t. Luke’s the Evangelist Greek Orthodox Church starts to fill before worship. Even though the church is based in the Greek tradition, worshipers from other traditions – such as Russian, Romanian, Egyptian and East
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.
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.
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.
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.