"Mackerel Snappers," a new book by Jefferson City author Spencer Allen, explains some difficult Catholic teachings. The book is pictured here on display in Divinity Religious Gift Shop in Jefferson City.
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Volunteers from different faith communities have been working together to grow food. Columbia has more than 30 community garden plots, and several of them are interfaith gardens.
Monta Welch is the founder of a group called Interfaith Care for Creation, which has started an interfaith garden project in Columbia. The goal of the program is to educate different faith communities about environmental stewardship, she said.
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.