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.
A federal judge will hear arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit over Missouri's new law making it a crime to disturb a worship service.
Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union are seeking a temporary injunction to block the law that took effect last month.
The law makes it a misdemeanor to intentionally disturb or interrupt a "house of worship" with profane language, rude or indecent behavior or noise that breaks the solemnity of the service. Violators could face up to six months in jail and a $500 fine. Repeat offenders could get up to five years in prison.
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.
Donors have stepped forward to make sure a rally to support Muslims in Joplin will be held.
The Neighbors — Joplin Mosque Rally will be held Saturday at Landreth Park.
Organizer Ashley Carter said several people contributed about $2,500 this week to fund the rally, which will feature speakers and entertainment.
The event was planned after a suspicious fire destroyed the Islamic Society of Joplin's mosque on Aug. 6. A reward totaling $25,000 has been offered for information on the fire. The FBI is investigating.
A rally to support Muslims after a fire destroyed a mosque in Joplin is still planned, although the organizer says more money is needed to finance the event.
A fire that destroyed the Islamic Society of Joplin mosque Aug. 6 has been called suspicious but a cause has not been determined.
Organizer Ashley Carter says the rally is scheduled for Saturday at Landreth Park. She is seeking nearly $3,000 by Wednesday for insurance and rent. But she says speakers and entertainment are lined up and she expects the event to be held.
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.
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Fr. Herb Hayek moved to Columbia in summer 2012 to be the pastor at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Credit Photo courtesy Fr. Herb Hayek
Fr. Thomas Saucier serves as pastor at the St. Thomas More Newman Center.