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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

Courtesy of UC Irvine Flickr

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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True/False
8:00 am
Sat February 23, 2013

'After Tiller' delves into complex lives of third-trimester abortion doctors

Dr. Warren Hern meeting with a patient at his Boulder, Colo., clinic. From Martha Shane and Lana Wilson's 'After Tiller,' a documentary about the last four doctors in the US who provide third-trimester abortions.
Photo courtesy Lana Wilson and Martha Shane.

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

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat February 16, 2013

For female pastors, dating brings unique challenges

Amy Gearhardt and her husband, Mark Anderson, were married last year. Gearhardt is a pastor at Missouri United Methodist Church.
Photo courtesy Amy Gearhardt

In some Christian denominations, it’s getting more common to see women preaching from the pulpit on Sunday mornings. Still, it’s a slow cultural shift – some denominations don’t allow female pastors, and many churches that do are just getting female pastors for the first time. All that’s to say that being a clergy woman has its own set of challenges – and those challenges come into play on the dating scene. 

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Faith/Religion
3:44 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Columbia’s Catholic leaders admire Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation decision

Pope Benedict XVI waves to the crowd as he arrives for an open-air mass in the Terreiro do Paso in Lisbon, on May 11, 2010.
Photo courtesy Catholic Church (England and Wales) via Flickr (http://flic.kr/p/81Az1d).

Fr. Thomas Saucier was on his way to the gym when a friend asked if he had heard the news: Pope Benedict XVI had announced his resignation

He learned more of the details during his workout.

"I'm doing my machine, and on all the networks, that's what they're telecasting," he said. 

Like most other people, Saucier was shocked. 

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat February 9, 2013

LISTEN: Researcher explores relationship between death, supernatural belief

Kenneth Vail is a researcher in the psychology department at MU. His recent research explores the connection between awareness of mortality and supernatural belief.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

Awareness of death can lead people to strengthen and defend their own religious beliefs, according to a recent psychological study led by MU researcher Kenneth Vail. 

And that doesn't just apply to those who believe in a higher power already.  

The foundation of Vail's researcg comes from the idea that part of the motivation for religious belief is the awareness of death – an idea that has deep philosophical roots, Vail said. Recent experimental research also points to the notion that people use belief to help manage awareness of mortality. 

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Faith/Religion
3:21 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Westminster College launches lecture series on religion and C.S. Lewis

Cliff Cain is the first to hold the Harrod-C.S. Lewis Professorship in Religious Studies at Westminster College in Fulton.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

For some, there's a clear separation of religion from reason, reason from religion.

But that's not the way author C.S. Lewis saw it.

To him, religion and reason went together. That idea was the foundation of a talk on Thursday at Westminster College in Fulton. 

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Faith/Religion
9:15 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Joplin storm survivors receive keys to new home

Joplin tornado survivor Gabby, 6th grade, moves into her newly rebuilt home with her mother and two sisters
Convoy of Hope

Another family who survived the deadly Joplin tornado in May 2011 has received a new home from a Springfield-based nonprofit.

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Faith/Religion
12:09 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Midweek Missouri faith fix: Shoes, "Catholic" conflict and football

Note:  KBIA's faith and values desk is trying something new. Each week, we'll bring you a quick look at the religion news happening all over the state. Here's our first Midweek Missouri faith fix. 

On the Columbia faith front, there's quite a conversation going about faith in the workplace -- and a lot of "out" atheists have jumped right in.

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat January 26, 2013

In overcoming obstacles to volunteer commitments, asking for help is key

Jimi and Cristi Cook are both professors of veterinary medicine at MU and also co-founded and direct a non-profit organization, Be The Change Volunteers (BTCV), dedicated to providing educational opportunities for the most remote a
Photo courtesy of Jimi and Cristi Cook

It's one thing to say you'll go on a big volunteer trip. But doing it? That seems much harder. Just ask Jimi and Cristi Cook. 

The Cooks are the co-founders and directors of Be the Change Volunteers, an organization that coordinates trips to impoverished countries around the world to build schools. It's the kind of volunteer effort the Cooks refer to as "the big one" – the kind that takes people out of their comfort zones. 

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Faith/Religion
12:05 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

In world religions, women have been in combat for centuries

Credit Alexis Grimou [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Pentagon announced Thursday that women can serve in combat positions. But take a look through history -- and religious traditions -- and you'll see that female fighters are nothing new. 

 

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Faith/Religion
7:00 am
Sat January 5, 2013

Columbia mosque faces imam shortage and funding challenges

Men kneel in worship as another sings the call to prayer at the Islamic Center of Central Missouri. Even though the mosque does not have an official imam, or prayer leader and scholar, members of the community step up to perform the role, like the call to
Ryan Schuessler, ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

Since 2008, the Islamic Center of Central Missouri has been without an imam – a central community leader in Islam. Although Columbia’s Muslim community has found ways to stay active, it is without a formally trained spiritual leader.

Imams lead prayers, serve as religious scholars and assist with weddings and lectures, among other things.

Without an imam, “You won’t have someone who you can ask questions to frequently,” mosque Secretary Rafa Nizam said. “The access to knowledge might not be as easy.”

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat December 22, 2012

For Missouri monks, fruitcake is a slice of the divine

The taste of fruits, nuts, spices, burgundy wine and rum blend together in a moist fruitcake made by the Trappist monks at Assumption Abbey outside of Ava, Mo. The monks there have been making fruitcakes for 25 years.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS.com KBIA

Some monasteries make jelly, creamed honey, even world-class beer.

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