Faith/Religion

Faith/Religion
8:44 am
Sat September 22, 2012

Environment, atheism key contemporary religious issues

Cliff Cain delivers the opening remarks at Westminster College's symposium on religion on Sept. 18. Cain is a religious studies professor and the chair of this year's symposium committee.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

Religion was one of those things Cliff Cain's mother raised him not to talk about in public – that, along with politics and sex.

With religion alone, he's breaking that rule – in his words, "Religion is as polarizing as politics and as passionate as sex."

Cain is a religious studies professor at Westminster College in Fulton, and he was the chair of the committee for the school's annual symposium. This year, the topic was religion, and more than 40 experts came to give lectures and facilitate discussions. 

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Faith/Religion
6:38 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Nontheism increasing in U.S. and worldwide

Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, discusses atheism at Westminster College's symposium, Religious Experience in Global Society on Sept. 18.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

For 19 years, Dan Barker preached from a Christian pulpit. Now, he’s co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and is an atheist activist. He said he outgrew his religious beliefs. These days, that’s not unusual.

“Agree with it or not, atheism is really growing," he said. "Millions and millions of good Americans don’t believe in a God.”

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat September 15, 2012

Dignitaries discuss young Vietnamese religion Cao Dai

Canh Tran, a visiting dignitary for the Cao Dai religion, shows the pictures in a book about Cao Dai to a KBIA reporter. Tran and other dignitaries were visiting for a presentation on the religion.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

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.

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Faith/Religion
8:45 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Judge to hear suit over Mo. disturbing worship law

KBIA

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.

Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat September 8, 2012

Muslims in Joplin receive interfaith support after mosque fire

Remnants of prayer rugs lie amid the rubble of what used to be a mosque in Joplin. The mosque burned down on Aug. 6. The fire is still under investigation.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

It’s been about one month since a fire destroyed the only mosque in Joplin. Now, members of the Islamic Society of Joplin – and the interfaith community there – are picking up the pieces.

The mosque was burned down before daylight on August 6, during the holy month of Ramadan.

The FBI is still investigating the cause of the fire. Earlier in summer, on July 4, someone tried to set fire to the roof. That incident is still under investigation, too. 

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat September 1, 2012

Community expresses support as Shakir Hamoodi begins prison sentence

Hamoodi Family HelpHamoodi.org

It’s been less than one week since Shakir Hamoodi – a Columbia businessman – had to leave his community and start his 3-year prison sentence. 

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Faith/Religion
7:32 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Hundreds turn out for Joplin mosque rally

Jennifer Davidson KSMU

Hundreds of people turned out for a rally aimed at showing solidarity with area Muslims whose mosque was destroyed in a suspicious fire.

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat August 25, 2012

New minister of First Baptist Church pushes through challenges

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.
Photo courtesy of First Baptist Church

Harum Helmy finds out what the Rev. Carol McEntyre's first week as senior pastor at First Baptist Church was like.

About one month ago, the Rev. Carol McEntyre started as senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Columbia.

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Faith/Religion
8:20 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Enough money raised for Joplin rally for Muslims

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.

Faith/Religion
8:27 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Rally to support Joplin Muslims lacking funds

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.

Faith/Religion
5:18 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Arrival of new pastor eases stress at Catholic churches, but challenges remain

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.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS

Earlier this summer, Fr. Herb Hayek arrived from Chicago as the new pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Columbia. 

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Faith/Religion
1:42 am
Wed August 8, 2012

"Right to Pray" amendment passes

KBIA file photo

Missouri voters voiced their support for Amendment 2 yesterday.

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Faith/Religion
11:42 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Missouri 'Right to Pray' amendment stirs debate

The Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS

An amendment to the Missouri constitution is under debate as voters prepare for tomorrow’s primary election. 

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Faith/Religion
9:03 am
Sat August 4, 2012

A look back: Vacation Bible School season comes to a close

Paul Jordan Baxter and Callie Brinkman try to answer questions in the opening gameshow at Forum Christian Church's Vacation Bible School program. Teenage volunteer Kaitlyn Marsh passes the microphone between contestants.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS

Summertime is coming to a close, and with it, Vacation Bible School season. 

For Vacation Bible School, a tradition among Christian churches, children come to church for a few hours a day for about a week. But it's not just formal Bible lessons – they play games, sing songs, do crafts and eat snacks. 

The producer behind KBIA's new Columbia Faith and Values desk visited some of the Vacation Bible Schools that happened in Columbia this summer and spoke with volunteers, leaders and of course, the children. 

Faith/Religion
4:54 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Finding my religion: Author Pamay Bassey's year of worship

Pamay Bassey is the author of "My 52 Weeks of Worship, Lessons from a Global, Spiritual, Interfaith Journey."

When author Pamay Bassey suffered the loss of two family members and the end of  a relationship she embarked on a unique journey – she visited a different place of worship, every week, for a year, in search of guidance.

That experience became a book called My 52 Weeks of Worship, Lessons from a Global, Spiritual, Interfaith Journey.

Kristin Torres, reporting for KBIA and the Columbia Faith and Values desk, spoke to Bassey, before her appearance in St. Louis this weekend.

4:48 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Snoop Lion: A perspective from our friends at Columbia Faith and Values

Lead in text: 
The lion, apparently, has a significant place in Rasta theology. Who knew?
(RNS) Snoop Dogg scored a huge hit with the hip-hop anthem "What's My Name?" back in 1993. Announcing his conversion to Rastafarianism on Monday, the rapper unveiled a new answer to that lyrical question. "I want to bury Snoop Dogg and become Snoop Lion," he said at a press conference.
4:41 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Poll: Would you eat at Chick-fil-A?

Lead in text: 
There's not Chick-fil-A in Columbia – the closest ones are near St. Louis and Kansas City – but the company's comment still provides food for thought. (Yes, pun intended . . . ?)
Since Chick-fil-A's president stated that the company is opposed to gay marriage, the company has been under fire. Where do you stand?
Faith/Religion
4:36 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Secular Coalition for Missouri starts organizing leadership

The Secular Coalition for Missouri plans to lobby for stronger separation of religion and government at the state level. The group is currently in its organizing phase.
File Photo KBIA

A newly formed secular lobbying group is one step closer to finalizing its leadership after its second state-wide organizing call Thursday. 

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Faith/Religion
6:05 pm
Sat July 21, 2012

Thousands gather in downtown Columbia to remember fallen soldier [video]

A crowd gathers before the funeral of Army Spc. Sterling Wyatt on July 21 at First Baptist Church on Broadway. Wyatt died earlier this month in Afghanistan, and thousands of community members gathered in red shirts to support the family.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS

Columbia came together on Saturday to remember a fallen soldier. A radical protest group had said it would be in town for the funeral, but it was overshadowed. The event was much more than a response to a protest. 

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Faith/Religion
2:31 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Flags surround church in honor of fallen soldier Sterling Wyatt

American flags line the sidewalk around First Baptist Church in downtown Columbia in preparation for the funeral Saturday of Spc. Sterling Wyatt, who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS

The Patriot Guard placed flags around First Baptist Church on Broadway in downtown Columbia in preparation for the funeral of Spc. Sterling Wyatt. 

Wyatt died July 11 while on duty in Afghanistan. Groups of supporters lined the streets of Columbia Thursday  during a procession from Columbia Regional Airport to Wyatt's home. 

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Fallen soldiers
4:40 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Volunteers honor Sterling Wyatt and his family

Volunteers put flags into the ground along the route between Highway 63 and the Wyatt family's home on Friday, July 13, 2012
Ryan Famuliner KBIA

Scores of people showed up to Shepard Boulevard Elementary in Columbia Friday afternoon to line the streets with American flags along the route to the home of the family of Sterling Wyatt, who was killed by an IED in Afghanistan Wednesday. Wyatt’s family is expected to return home Friday night after retrieving his body. Listen to the audio postcard above to hear from those at the event, including Wyatt's grandmother.

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Faith/Religion
12:19 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Mid-Missouri Mormons celebrate religious freedom with walk, run

Luca Arellano, Eliza Law, Nora Pusmechnikova and Quincy Brown run in front of Nick Becker and Drew Brown during the Parley P. Pratt Memorial Freedom Event.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

Columbia’s Mormon congregations celebrated religious freedom this morning and marked an event from the church’s history. 

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Faith/Religion
3:34 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Secular Coalition for America to create Missouri chapter

The Capitol of Missouri in Jefferson City.
david_shane Flickr

Missouri is next on the list to create a state chapter of a national organization that lobbies for strong separation of religion and government. 

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Faith/Religion
9:03 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Yahweh's Restoration Ministry to broadcast on national television

Ryk Neethling flickr

A Holts Summit-based ministry is about to make its debut on Dish Network television.

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