Richard Killmer, executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, gave a lecture on the alleged U.S-sponsored torture after the Sept. 11 attacks on Saturday evening at the Islamic Center of Central Missouri in Columbia, Mo. He calls for support from local religious community to act against torture.
When you walk into Kathie Jackson’s office at First Presbyterian Church, the first things you see are a huge basket of yarn, and shawls draping every wall. Jackson is the associate pastor, and she helps with the church's prayer shawl ministry.
"Prayer shawls are a tangible way of showing people and helping people be reminded on a daily basis that there are people that they know – and sometimes people that they don’t know – who pray for them daily," she said.
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.
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.
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.