Faith/Religion

Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat May 18, 2013

Catholic church finds fresh ways to spread message in New Evangelization

The Archdiocese of St. Louis held a conference Tuesday to equip parishes, schools and other Catholic communicators to spread their faith as part of the New Evangelization.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS.com KBIA

There are enough former Catholics in the United States to make up a large Christian denomination of their own.

According to the Religious Landscape Survey conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life in 2008, one in 10 American adults identifies as an ex-Catholic. And of the 25 percent of American adults who are still Catholic, only one in four attend mass regularly.

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Faith/Religion
4:25 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

What does your local VFW have in common with your church?

Commander Don Briggs chats with Ray Williams, a Vietnam War Veteran, at the Boone County VFW at a weekly dinner on April 24, 2013.
Credit Lukas Udstuen / KBIA/Project 573

One in five Americans now report having no religious affiliation. This number is increasing rapidly. And church attendance in America and Europe is increasing.

But our communities are filled with instances of people finding meaning outside of religion. The Boone County Veterans of Foreign Wars post, for example, offers veterans a place to unite around their experiences of serving in war. While people find meaning in all sorts of places, the VFW in many ways resembles a church.

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Faith/Religion
2:56 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Humanist group demands end to teacher-led prayers at Fayette High School

Stock image of school supplies.
Kearston Winrow/ColumbiaFAVS.com KBIA

  The American Humanist Association is demanding that weekly prayer sessions at Fayette High School be stopped on grounds that they are unconstitutional. 

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Faith/Religion
10:45 am
Sat May 11, 2013

Porsha Williams shares challenges of Pagan conversion

Porsha Williams shared her faith conversion story with us.
Credit Photo courtesy Porsha Williams

Porsha Williams knows a thing or two about walls – metaphorical ones, that is. She’s been up against a lot of them, whether religious, psychological or cultural.

She describes herself as a “raised Christian, converted to Pagan woman.” And that conversion is the source of many of these walls.

Williams has always been intrigued with Kemeticism, an ancient Egyptian form of Paganism. But it wasn’t until about three and a half years ago that she decided to start practicing it.

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Faith/Religion
11:30 am
Wed May 8, 2013

The voices of the "nones" rise as religious affiliation declines

The number of people who say they affiliate with religion is at its lowest point in our nation’s history. Now only one in five Americans are "Nones" or people with no religious affiliation. 

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Faith/Religion
9:25 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Candlelight vigil honors life of Arvarh Strickland

University of Missouri students and faculty joined together Monday night, to honor former MU professor Dr. Arvarh E. Strickland with a candlelight vigil.

The MU Legion of Black Collegians student government (LBC) and the iGUIDE Leadership Team hosted the event just outside of Strickland Hall, for whom the building was named, in memory of MU’s first-tenured black professor who passed away on April 30 at age 82.

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat May 4, 2013

LifeBridge Lutheran Church reaches “lost generation"

The congregation of LifeBridge Lutheran Church sings along to a worship song in the community building of Hanover Estates in Columbia, Mo. Sunday, April 21.
Evan Townsend/ColumbiaFAVS.com KBIA

This story was produced in partnership with Columbia FAVS

The band of LifeBridge Lutheran Church practices in the community room of an apartment complex each Sunday morning before service begins. Furniture is piled in the corner to their left, and gym equipment in the corner to the right. Though they don’t have their own building to worship in, it’s progress for LifeBridge – a year ago, the church didn’t even exist.

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat April 27, 2013

Wagner's 'Die Meistersinger' reaches back to Reformation, forward to World War II

This story was produced in partnership with Columbia Faith & Values. Find more stories like this one at ColumbiaFAVS.com. You can get instant updates each day on Facebook and Twitter.

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Faith/Religion
9:08 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Student and atheist groups call for freedom of expression in Bangladesh

Aaron Underwood, vice president of the MU student atheist organization speaks to a crowd at the Defend Dissent protest on Thursday April 25, 2013.
Credit Bridgit Bowden / KBIA

A group gathered in MU’s speaker’s circle Thursday to speak out against the Bangladeshi government and advocate for freedom of expression. 

Nearly 15 atheists participated in the Defend Dissent protest.  The demonstration was inspired by the arrest of several bloggers in Bangladesh who spoke out against the government and against Islam.  Columbia is one of several cities across the globe participating in Defend Dissent.   

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Faith/Religion
10:16 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Columbia FAVS hosts walking tour of downtown churches [video]

Credit Columbia FAVS/KBIA

This story was produced in partnership with Columbia Faith and Values.

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Faith/Religion
8:45 am
Sat April 20, 2013

Hans Neumann recalls days in Hitler Youth

Hans Neumann explains the map of his journey from his hometown in East Prussia to a group of eager cadets. “We travelled over 500 miles until we finally reached a stopping point near Kiel.” Neumann spoke about the devastated country he encountered along his path.
Credit Meredith Turk / KBIA

This story was produced in partnership with Columbia Faith & Values (ColumbiaFAVS.com).

Hans Neumann was raised in a small, forested village in East Prussia, just five miles from the Lithuanian border. He was forced to leave his home at the age of 15, near the end of World War II. Germany was losing, and Russian troops were moving west. 

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Faith/Religion
3:19 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Prayers for Boston [STORIFY]

Two explosions went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon. Like people all across the country, many of those from around mid-Missouri are responding with Tweets of prayer. 

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat April 13, 2013

The power of story: Words from a Holocaust survivor and Gandhi's grandson

Romain-Roland Levi visited MU to speak about his memories of the Holocaust. He grew up in Belgium during World War II.
Credit Evan Townsend / KBIA

This segment was produced in partnership with Columbia Faith & Values. Find more news like this at ColumbiaFAVS.com. 

Two people with remarkable stories to share came to MU this week, and we hear from both of them in this faith and values update. Romain-Roland Levi shared his experiences in Belgium during World War II, and Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mohatma Gandhi, talked about his grandfather, along with the India-Pakistan conflict.

Holocaust survivor lives to spread love

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Faith/Religion
4:36 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

6 classic Brother Jed rants

Brother Jed in Speaker's Circle.
Credit Kyle Lock / www.thezoufeed.com

For about 10 years now, "Brother Jed" Smock has been spreading a hellfire-and-damnation style Christian message in college campuses all around the country.

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Faith/Religion
6:46 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Holocaust Remembrance Week: Remembering our past while looking forward

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe located in Berlin honors the victims of he Holocaust.
Olivier Bruchez FLICKR

Sunday marked the start of Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Day, which commemorates Jews who died as a result of Nazi actions. University of Missouri’s Jewish Campus Center Mizzou Hillel marked the beginning of its annual Holocaust Remembrance week Sunday with a documentary at Ragtag. President of the Jewish Student Organization Kelsey Kupferer (who has in the past reported for KBIA) explains that this week isn’t just about what happened seventy years ago.

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Faith/Religion
7:30 am
Sat April 6, 2013

Churches undergo stress before improvement with Healthy Church Initiative

Pastor Meg Hegemann and congregation members welcome new member John Flaim to Wilkes Boulevard First United Methodist Church in Columbia.
Kate Grumke/ColumbiaFAVS.com KBIA

This story was produced in partnership with Columbia Faith & Values. Find more stories like this one at ColumbiaFAVS.com.

 

On a Sunday morning at Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church in Columbia, about 30 people sing to welcome two new members to their congregation.

John Flaim is one of the newcomers. He came to Wilkes about five months ago.

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat March 30, 2013

Druid community works to form new church

Cicyfarth explains part of high day ritual as members of White Hawethorne Protogrove look on in Panera Bread Co. in Columbia, Mo. The group celebrates eight high days throughout the year, including the solstices and equinoxes.
Evan Townsend KBIA

Cicyfarth and four other members of the White Hawthorne Protogrove talk over food at a restaurant in downtown Columbia, planning their ritual to recognize the spring equinox.

These five have been meeting periodically for sandwiches and fellowship for nearly half a year. They are neo-druids, people who draw on a multitude of pantheons to find positive ethics, natural harmony, and spiritual connection. Since the fall of 2012, Cicyfarth and the others have been fighting to become a church.

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Faith/Religion
9:44 am
Sat March 23, 2013

Spirituality meets travel in William Claassen's “Journey Man”

In his new book "Journey Man: A World Calling," Columbia author William Claassen takes his readers around the globe.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS.com KBIA

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

When the world called, William Claassen said "Yes." 

The Columbia author has hitchhiked across North America, worked on a kibbutz in Israel and 

He recently published his third book, "Journey Man: A World Calling." The book tells of his travels through nine countries on four continenets over a 30-years span.

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Faith/Religion
3:18 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Mo. Catholic bishops want birth control appeal

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Missouri's Catholic bishops have joined the chorus urging the appeal of a federal court ruling striking down the state's contraception insurance exemption for people with religious or moral objections.

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Faith/Religion
1:47 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Church reenacts the Last Supper, celebrates Passover with “The Lamb”

Valley View Community Church is putting on a reenactment of a historical Passover celebration and the Last Supper.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS.com KBIA

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

Columbia residents took a trip to ancient Jerusalem on Wednesday night when they entered the doors of Valley View Community Church.

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Faith/Religion
11:01 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Columbia Catholic experienced Rome during Pope Francis' election

Br. Wesley Dessonville, OP, is a Dominican friar student brother studying for the priesthood in St. Louis at the Aquinas Institute. He is currently on his pastoral year at the St. Thomas More Newman Center here in Columbia. He wrote this piece as a guest contribution for Columbia Faith & Values, mid-Missouri's source for religion news. 

Habemus Papam! We have a Pope!

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Faith/Religion
7:00 am
Sat March 16, 2013

Catholic youth respond to Pope Francis

Students, faculty and staff of Fr. Tolton Catholic High School threw a pope party on March 14, the day after Pope Francis was elected.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS.com KBIA

On Wednesday, the Cardinals of the Catholic church elected Jorge Mario Borgeglio of Argentina to be the new pope. He’s the first pope from South America, and the first from the Jesuit order of priests. He’s also the first to choose the name Francis.

We spent part of Wednesday and Thursay at Fr. Tolton Catholic High School in Columbia to find out what some of Columbia's young Catholics think of the new pope. 

Like many other people, Corrine Hubbard admires his humility.

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Faith/Religion
10:49 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Columbia Catholics celebrate, admire Pope Francis

Classes at Tolton High stopped for the afternoon, so everyone at the school could celebrate and watch coverage of the new pope. In this photo, a group watches the television in the library.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS.com KBIA

Chase Freidel was taking a test in Spanish class when someone looked up at the TV and saw white smoke coming from the Sistine Chapel chimney. That meant one thing: A new pope.

"We all looked up, and we all started like cheering and yelling and screaming," she said. "We ran through the halls like saying, 'We've got a pope, we've got a pope!' And like, I ran to the office, and we told them to announce it."

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Faith/Religion
3:41 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Who Is Pope Francis?

Argentine Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio during a mass for Ash Wednesday, opening Lent on February 13, 2013 at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Juan Mabromata AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 8:41 pm

The new pope, 76-year-old Jorge Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, is the first pontiff from Latin America and the first Jesuit, but he appears to hold views very much in line with his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.

Bergoglio has chosen the papal name Francis, becoming the 266th to hold the title of spiritual leader of the Catholic Church.

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Faith/Religion
3:39 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Pope Francis: What Happens After A Papal Election

After Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the 266th pontiff, he chose the name Pope Francis. His installation Mass could come early next week.
Jeff J Mitchell Getty Images

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 5:53 pm

As news spread that the chimney atop the Sistine Chapel was billowing white smoke to signal the election of Pope Francis, anticipation built for the new pontiff's first appearance on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica.

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Faith/Religion
1:31 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

White smoke: New pope elected

Credit Reuters

Update 4:04PM: The pope has been named.  76-year-old Jorge Bergoglio, a cardinal from Argentina.  He has chosen the name Pope Francis I.  NPR has the full story here.

White smoke rose in Rome on Wednesday, signaling the election of a new pope.  

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat March 2, 2013

'The Amen Corner' brings church challenges, life lessons to the stage

The cast of the MU production of James Baldwin's "The Amen Corner," directed by Clyde Ruffin.
FAVS photo courtesy Clyde Ruffin

Community and campus converge in the cast of MU's production of "The Amen Corner," a play by James Baldwin that finishes its run this weekend. 

The play tells the story of an African-American woman who starts a small storefront church in Harlem in 1965. She's recently migrated there from the south with her 18-year-old son, who plays the church piano.

But unbeknownst to the congregation, she has a secret past. She was once married to a jazz musician who was an alcoholic, but after their child died, she left him. His arrival one Sunday sends a scandal through the church. 

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Faith/Religion
5:59 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Volunteer response to The Room at the Inn closure

Meg Hegemann, the pastor at the Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church, organizes leftover supplies that will be distributed to Columbia agencies.
Jessica Stone KBIA

The Room at the Inn shelter is closing today as planned at the Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church after housing the homeless since January.

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Faith/Religion
5:58 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Sometimes 'The Lord Seemed To Sleep,' Pope Says In Farewell

Pope Benedict XVI as he arrived on the altar in St. Peter's Square Wednesday for his last general audience.
Gabriel Bouys AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 10:37 am

Bidding an emotional farewell to a huge crowd gathered in The Vatican's St. Peter's Square, Pope Benedict XVI indirectly acknowledged Wednesday that his nearly 8 years as head of the Roman Catholic Church have not always been easy.

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