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8:30 am
Thu February 27, 2014

'Manakamana' takes viewers on a pilgrimage via cable car

A still image from the documentary "Manakamana," which is screening at the 2014 True/False Film Fest.
Image courtesy Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Fest.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

This weekend is the annual True/False Film Fest, bringing documentary films and filmmakers to Columbia from all over the world.

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1:56 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Room at the Inn homeless shelter to stay open one extra week

This story was originally published on Columbia Faith & Values (

Room at the Inn, the emergency winter homeless shelter run as a collaboration among churches, will stay open until March 6 – about one week later than originally planned.

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6:00 am
Sat February 15, 2014

Christian traditions merge in Charismatic Episcopal Church

Fr. John Prenger leads a midday liturgy at the Chapel of Saints Francis and Clare, which is part of the Charismatic Episcopal Church.
Kellie Moore,


It’s a chilly Thursday at noon, and there are 4 of us gathered in a tiny chapel on College Avenue for a mid-day service. I’m observing as Father John Prenger leads two other people through liturgy.

There are Bible readings, some responses from the Book of Common prayer, and a short message. 

When it’s time for holy communion, they gather around the altar. From one person to the next, they pass a tiny piece of bread, and a small chalice of wine. But it’s not just the bread and wine – to them, the body and blood of Jesus Christ are present. 

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3:37 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Byndom making Baha’i history with City Council run

A portrait of Tyree Byndom, who is running to be the First Ward representative on the Columbia City Council. Tyree practices the Baha’i Faith, and running for political office is not usually done by Baha’is.
Credit Photo courtesy Tyree Byndom, via Facebook.

This story was originally published on Columbia Faith & Values (

Tyree Byndom’s decision to jump in to the City Council race for the First Ward representative spot involved serious prayer. There was the typical prayer seeking God’s guidance. After hearing “yes” coming from that place deep in his spirit, Byndom had to receive sanction from leaders of his faith tradition.

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8:00 am
Sat February 1, 2014

Churches reach out to children with special needs

Corey Bunch helps Harrison Wright with the hand motions during a worship song in the All God’s Children classroom at Broadway Christian Church.
Heather Adams, Columbia Faith & Values

Lora Hinkel grew up going to church with her family. Now that she has her own family, she has continued this tradition. But her son found it difficult to sit through services.

Her son, Blake, has autism. She tried to make accommodations by taking her son out into the hall or into another room. But eventually, they stopped going to church altogether.

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1:07 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Columbia Values Diversity Celebration marks legacy of MLK – and this year, Eliot Battle

Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Hoppe poses for a picture with Julie Middleton, the individual winner of the 2014 Columbia Values Diversity Award.
Kellie Moore,

The winners of this year's Columbia Values Diversity Awards both have close ties to education – and to longtime Columbia educator Eliot Battle, who died last year. 

The awards, which are given out at the annual Columbia Values Diversity Celebration, honor those who have helped the community better appreciate diversity and cultural understanding. It's also a chance to remember the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Julie Middleton

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1:57 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Southern Missouri county asked to remove nativity scene from courthouse lawn

A nativity scene is displayed in front of the courthouse in Oregon County, Mo. The American Humanist Association has asked the county to take the nativity down, calling it unconstitutional.
Credit Courtesy American Humanist Association


A nativity scene displayed on the lawn of the courthouse in Oregon County, Mo., has been called unconstitutional by the American Humanist Association, a secular advocacy group.

The county has displayed the nativity scene on the courthouse lawn for the past four or five years.

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9:32 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Speaker at Governor's Prayer Breakfast calls for year of kindness

College students involved with the Governor's Student Leadership Forum on Faith and Values stand in prayer during the Governor's Prayer Breakfast on Jan. 9, 2014.
Kellie Moore,

Hal Donaldson remembers the day well: It was August of 1969, and he was 12 years old. His parents were off to a business meeting, and Donaldson and his three siblings were home with a babysitter.

But his parents never made it to that meeting. On the way there, their car was hit by a drunk driver.

A policeman came to the house, and neighbors crowded around as the officer told Donaldson and his siblings the news: Their father had been killed, and their mother, severely injured.

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12:10 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

How the cold is affecting Columbia's homeless shelters

The Interfaith Day Center in Columbia was packed full on Monday as people sought refuge from the cold temperatures. The high for the day was 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

The center, which is a daytime resource for those who are homeless, is expected to move to Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church soon. In the current location on Park Avenue, there’s only seating for about 20 people.

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4:51 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Rural church keeps small town united: A close look at Peace United Church of Christ

Peace United Church of Christ in Hartsburg, Mo.
Nate Anton Columbia Faith & Values

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

Editor's note: We'd like to tell more stories of rural churches and their role in the community. If you think your church would be a good fit for one of our stories, or if you know of another church we should profile, please email Columbia Faith & Values Editor Kellie Moore at

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11:01 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Unitarian church hopes to extend homeless shelter until Dec. 31; volunteers needed

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia is working to recruit enough volunteers to keep its temporary homeless shelter open until Dec. 31 – a week and a half longer than originally planned.

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5:26 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Mice continue to make money for church outreach

This festive bunch of antique mice is on display at Calvary Episcopal Church.
Credit Kellie Moore / FAVS/KBIA

It all started with two sisters, Lois Knowles and Beulah McFarland, back in the early 1970s.

A member of their church – Calvary Episcopal Church – had moved to Columbia from Virginia. With her, she brought a cute little felt mouse, dressed to be in a church choir.

Knowles and McFarland decided to try making mice of their own. “Choir mice,” they called them. Each stood at just three or four inches tall, wore a red cassock with a lacy top and held a tiny prayer book. 

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4:26 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Columbia faith communities prepare for annual homeless shelter

Sacred Heart Catholic Church will be one of the host churches for Room at the Inn.
Credit Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS

Faith communities around Columbia are preparing for the annual start of Room at the Inn, a homeless shelter open in January and February.

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7:43 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Chabad marks end of Hanukkah with giant menorah lighting

An MU student helps light a giant menorah on Wednesday night during a celebration marking the end of Hanukkah.
Mary Lorenzo, Columbia Faith & Values

The lighting of a giant menorah marked the final day of Hanukkah on Wednesday night at Tiger Plaza.

Hosted by Chabad, about 35 people attended this year’s event.

“Chabad is a Jewish organization for Jewish students on campus,” Rabbi Averham Lapine said. “It’s mainly MU students, but everyone is welcome.”

This is the MU Chabad chapter’s second year of hosting a public menorah lighting. The ceremony included blessings by the rabbi, Hanukkah songs, traditional food and even dreidel-shaped glasses.

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11:00 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Facing death: Couple develops strategy while coping with cancer

David Oliver, a retired MU medical professor, shares his personal exit strategy for coping with death.
Credit Nate Anton / Favs Columbia

Death. It's often a taboo topic of conversation, despite its inevitability.

But that's not the case for everyone. David Oliver, retired medical professor at MU, and his wife, Debbie, gave a presentation yesterday evening (Dec. 3) titled, "Our Exit Strategy: Depriving Death of Its Strangeness."

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