Faith/Religion

Faith/Religion
5:05 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Parish worker suing Roman Catholic Diocese over firing

A parish food pantry worker who was fired over her marriage to another woman is suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

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Faith/Religion
10:06 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Did Supreme Court Tip Hand On Future Contraception Cases?

A demonstrator dressed as the Bible stands outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., awaiting the court's decision on the Hobby Lobby case Monday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 1:10 pm

The Supreme Court's opinion Monday holding that some for-profit firms don't have to provide women contraceptive coverage required under the Affordable Care Act if the companies have religious objections addressed only half of the continuing legal battle over the birth control mandate.

But those on both sides of the issue think the court's majority may have telegraphed which way it could rule should one of those other cases reach the justices.

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Faith/Religion
10:13 am
Sat June 21, 2014

The Runner-Up Religions Of America

Courtesy of the ASARB

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 7:30 am

Glance at the map above, Second Largest Religious Tradition in Each State 2010, and you will see that Buddhism (orange), Judaism (pink) and Islam (blue) are the runner-up religions across the country.

No surprises there. But can you believe that Hindu (dark orange) is the No. 2 tradition in Arizona and Delaware, and that Baha'i (green) ranks second in South Carolina?

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Faith/Religion
7:54 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Fayette R-III settles lawsuit alleging school promotion of Christianity

The Fayette R-III School District will be making several changes to its school policy after a lawsuit from a national organization. The American Humanist Association settled a lawsuit with the school district regarding alleged violations of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

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Faith/Religion
9:15 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Ordained female priest says Mass at St. Francis House

Female Roman Catholic priest Janice Sevre-Duszynska displays a sign she used in protest of the exclusion of women from the priesthood. Sevre-Duszynska visited St. Francis House in Columbia, Missouri on May 28, 2014, to say mass and screen the documentary
Madeline Dufek KBIA

In 1998, Janice Sevre-Duszynska stood up in the middle of an ordination service and shocked her entire congregation when she demanded the Bishop to ordain her into priesthood.

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Faith/Religion
1:25 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Two-room Lutheran school provides close-knit classroom setting

Zion Lutheran School in Lone Elm, Mo., has been around since 1896.
Kellie Moore, ColumbiaFAVS.com

When Lauren Wieland graduated from eighth grade this month, there were 3 students in her graduating class.

  She was one of 32 students attending Zion Lutheran School, a two-room schoolhouse in Lone Elm, near Boonville.

When the school opened in 1896, it had only one room. It turns out, there are many one-room schoolhouses that still dot the landscape of rural Missouri today.

In the 1960s, Zion Lutheran got its second classroom. That’s also when the school got bathrooms – until then, it had old-fashioned outhouses.

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Faith/Religion
4:23 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Man drowns in NW Missouri river

Credit Creative Commons / Flickr

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a 19-year-old man drowned in a northwest Missouri river.

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Faith/Religion
3:57 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

How faith communities fit into youth mental wellness

Janice Threat-Smith of For His Glory, Inc., speaks with Ryan Worley of the Youth Community Coalition at a workshop on youth mental wellness on April 30, 2014.
Credit Kellie Moore, ColumbiaFAVS.com

Since 2005, Mary Kelley’s 16 year-old-son has been hospitalized psychiatrically 36 times, lived in 7 different residential facilities, and been part of two therapeutic treatment systems.

He has oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder.

Back when it all started, Kelley had no idea what to do, where to turn or why it was happening.

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Faith/Religion
5:45 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Clergy members arrested after protesting in the Missouri Legislature

Credit File / KBIA

  Twenty-three Clergy members were arrested Tuesday during a rally at the capitol. The rally, by the group Missouri Faith Voices, was meant to get state senators to expand Medicaid eligibility.

Over 300 members of Missouri Faith Voices gathered in the rotunda for a rally before certain clergy members moved into the Senate Gallery. While, other members showed support outside of the gallery, the select clergy members sang and prayed out loud for about an hour before police arrested them.

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Faith/Religion
11:30 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Alveda King, niece of MLK, speaks against abortion in talk at MU

Alveda King spoke on Monday, April 28, at MU about her views against abortion. King is the niece of Martin Luther King Jr.
Credit Heather Adams / KBIA

  Political activist Alveda King, the niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, spoke at MU on Monday about what she considers to be the twenty-first century’s civil rights movement – the movement against abortion.

King said she’s been part of the anti-abortion movement since conception – she just didn’t know it yet. Her mother originally wanted to abort her.

“And my grandfather stepped up and said that he had seen me in a dream three years before, and my mother could not abort me because I was going to bless people,” King said.

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Faith/Religion
12:26 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

‘Sisters in Song’ explores hymns by women: Q-and-A with local author Leslie Clay

The front cover of Leslie Clay’s “Sisters in Song,” which gives a history of women hymn writers. The book is published through Compass Flower Press.

What started as research for a women’s retreat at church has become a book – a first book for local author Leslie Clay.

  In 2008, Clay was on the committee for the women’s retreat at Broadway Christian Church. That year’s theme was music, and Clay offered to play the piano as women arrived. She wanted to play songs written by women, so she started doing some research.

Soon, she had more than two hours’ worth of material to play. But she didn’t stop there.

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Faith/Religion
1:18 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Palm Sunday procession persists in spite of precipitation

The Rev. Knute Jacobson of Calvary Episcopal Church greets the Rev. Clyde Ruffin of Second Missionary Baptist Church before the ecumenical Blessing of the Palms on April 13, 2014.
Kellie Moore, ColumbiaFAVS.com

Palm branches waived above umbrellas on Sunday (April 13) at the annual Blessing of the Palms, a short ecumenical service held in downtown Columbia each year on Palm Sunday.

Clergy and congregants from the downtown churches converged on the corner of Ninth Street and Broadway at 10:30, and clergy from each church took turns leading the service.

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Faith/Religion
3:43 am
Sun April 13, 2014

Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community

The Rev. David Buck sits next to the Jesus the Homeless statue that was installed in front of his church, St. Alban's Episcopal, in Davidson, N.C.
John Burnett NPR

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 7:40 am

A new religious statue in the town of Davidson, N.C., is unlike anything you might see in church.

The statue depicts Jesus as a vagrant sleeping on a park bench. St. Alban's Episcopal Church installed the homeless Jesus statue on its property in the middle of an upscale neighborhood filled with well-kept townhomes.

Jesus is huddled under a blanket with his face and hands obscured; only the crucifixion wounds on his uncovered feet give him away.

The reaction was immediate. Some loved it; some didn't.

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Faith/Religion
3:54 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Missouri faith groups learn disaster preparedness skills

Stephen Redman, pastor of Ebenezer United Church of Christ in Levasy, Mo., leads a few rounds of trivia about natural disasters at a Disaster Readiness Coordinator training session in Columbia, Mo., on March 28-29. The training was part of an effort to better equip churches and faith-based organizations to respond to disaster.
Credit Kellie Moore, ColumbiaFAVS.com

 

When a tornado devastated Joplin in spring 2011, South Joplin Christian Church didn’t have a plan.

“The reality is that I remember no conversations where we said, ‘We could do this and this, and be prepared for part of our town being wiped off the map, for our church being damaged, and for many of our families losing their homes and businesses,” said Jill Michel, the church’s pastor. “There were no conversations that started that way.”

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Faith/Religion
3:49 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Procession planned for Rolla soldier

A stone memorial stands at Fort Hood honoring the soldiers and civilians who died in the Nov. 5, 2009 shooting. The most recent attack on April 2 left three soldiers dead and 16 wounded.
Credit U.S. Army / Flickr

A 37-year-old soldier killed by a gunman in the recent shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, will be honored with a procession before being laid to rest.

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Faith/Religion
8:17 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Discussion: Muslim Women In The Islamic World

Mehnaz Afridi, assistant professor of religious studies at Manhattan College.

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 4:23 pm

In Western media, we hear reports that Muslim women are relegated to a second class, largely powerless status and are denied education, independence and employment. We hear stories of women brutalized and abused.  

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Faith/Religion
12:10 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Unitarian church embraces environmental stewardship with green initiative

Fair trade coffee beans sit on a table in front of a solar panel on display. The Unitarian Universalist Church's Green Sanctuary Team sells fair trade coffee once a month, and the church has invested in solar panels, which will be installed this spring.
Abigail Keel, ColumbiaFAVS.com

Three years ago, Larry Lile became his own boss. He started a consulting group that does energy audits of businesses and helps plan sustainable buildings.

His favorite part is the short walk to work: “I have about a 15-step walk to the office.”

But Lile also finds purpose in his work. Energy decisions, he said, are some of the most important issues we as a culture are making. He is dedicated helping businesses see that sustainable decisions are not only more ethical, but also economical. His personal life is proof of that.

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Faith/Religion
9:02 am
Mon March 17, 2014

MU skeptics group brings big-name atheists to campus

Matt Dillahunty, host of "The Atheist Experience," was the first speaker at Sasha Con, a two-day conference hosted by the student skeptics organization at MU on March 15 and 16, 2014. He spoke about his experiences with formal debates.
Credit Heather Adams, ColumbiaFAVS.com

A conference this weekend -- the first conference ever hosted by the student skeptics organization at MU -- brought in well-known atheist speakers from around the country.

The conference, SashaCon, had been in-the-works since summer. It all started when MU SASHA (Skeptics, Atheists, Secular Humanists and Agnostics) heard the story of Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar, an up-and-coming atheist speaker who first came to the U.S. as a refugee from Iraq. 

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