Faith/Religion

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

Where atheism meets faith and values: An interview with Greg Lammers

Greg Lammers is the organizer of Columbia Atheists, the state director for American Atheists and the atheist writer for Columbia Faith and Values, one of KBIA's media partners.
Kellie Kotraba\ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

Atheism is not usually considered a faith -- so why has our faith and values desk covered it? In this week's update, we bring you an answer.

Greg Lammers, the atheist writer for Columbia Faith & Values and the organizer for Columbia Atheists, sat down with Kellie Kotraba to talk about atheism, values and the relationship between the two. 

You can also listen to the full 10-minute interview below:

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Global Journalist
6:19 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Reporting on religion

According to a recent poll, two-thirds of Americans believe that media coverage of religion is too sensationalized. So how could journalists best cover the subject in a fair and balanced way? To find out, Global Journalist spoke to two journalists that have devoted years to the religion beat.

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

Kelsey Gillespy's "Little Light"

Kelsey Gillespy, the Catholic writer for Columbia Faith and Values, stopped by the studio for an interview about her video project, "This Little Light."
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

In this week's faith and values update, we hear from Kelsey Gillespy, the Catholic writer for Columbia Faith and values. She just finished a made-at-home documentary called "This Little Light," which aims to dispel misconceptions about Christianity – some of which she used to have herself, even though she grew up Christian. 

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

Small-town Orthodoxy brings diverse group together

andles hang in front of large icons of at St. Luke’s the Evangelist Greek Orthodox Church on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 in Columbia, Mo. Worshipers can bring candles to set in front of the images, and many kiss them before returning to the pews.
Ryan Schuessler\ColumbiaFAVS.com KBIA

Columbia’s Orthodox Christian community is growing – at least, that’s what churchgoers say it feels like.

*Clarification: The audio version of this story contains misleading information about the church's connection to the Great Schism of 1054. The church was among five patriarchates dating from the third century, and the schism was a time of separation -- the Roman Church split from the other four -- not a time of origin.

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Faith/Religion
6:00 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Cultures, beliefs converge with Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Women from Russel Chapel C.M.E. Church sang a gospel song about glorifying God at the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. "Every day is a day of Thanksgiving," they sang.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS

Happy Thanksgiving – that’s one holiday greeting you hear at this time of year that’s not part of a specific faith tradition.

The idea of giving thanks transcends religious, social and cultural boundaries. Thanks can be expressed in any language or tradition.

And that’s just what happened Sunday at an Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. Christians, Muslims and Jews, Baha'is, Buddhists and Hindus, and people from several other faith traditions came together to share. Beliefs and languages converged as sounds of thanksgiving and peace rose through the air.

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Faith/Religion
8:32 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Shelters for homeless expected to increase this season

Credit Ed Yourdon / Flickr

The level of overnight shelter available to the homeless in Columbia is expected to increase this winter season.

Room at the Inn Volunteer Coordinator Janet Schisser says a group of about 20 people have been planning since July to find a new location to house the homeless through the winter months.

Last week the Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church confirmed they will accept Missouri’s homeless to stay overnight starting in January.

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Faith/Religion
4:56 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

“Coming Out” stories: The freedom and loss of saying “I’m an atheist”

Joe Eversole, an atheist from Oklahoma, felt a great sense of freedom when he embraced his atheist identity. He got this tattoo before coming out as an atheist, but he said it describes the feeling he got from being an open atheist.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS

The role of religious affiliation in the United States is changing.

According to a recent survey from the Pew Forum, one in five Americans is not affiliated with any religion

A small part of this growing group is made up of atheists.

Last weekend, hundreds of atheists gathered in the Bible Belt – Springfield, to be exact – for Skepticon, a national skeptics convention. Not all skeptics are atheists, but many of them are.

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Faith/Religion
6:08 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Hundreds of years later, effects of Reformation linger

The Protestant Reformation was sparked back in the 1500s. Now, nearly 500 years later, its unintended effects continue to linger.
Credit Photo by Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS

The presidential election is just a few days away, but that’s not what this week's faith and values update is about. 

Instead, we’re going to talk about something that was making news about 500 years ago in Germany: The Protestant Reformation. This past Wednesday was Reformation Day – the anniversary of the day in 1517 when the movement began.

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Faith/Religion
12:19 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Missouri churches to participate in National Election Day Communion

Hundreds of churches nationwide, including more than 20 in Missouri, are holding Election Day Communion services.
Credit Courtesy electiondaycommunion.org.

 

During the day on Tuesday, Memorial Baptist Church in Columbia will function as a polling place. But after the polls close, Pastor Kevin Glenn hopes to bring voters from all different perspectives together.

  “People of faith have become known more for their political affiliation than for their proclamation of the way of Jesus and his ethic of unconditional love,“ he said.

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Faith/Religion
3:00 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Hispanics connect to culture through faith

Melania Aguilar of Jefferson City teaches a Sunday school class during the Gethsemane Pentecostal Church’s Hispanic Service. Aguilar moved to the U.S. from Honduras 10 years ago.
Laura Davison\ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

 

Columbia’s Hispanic population is growing, and so are opportunities for worship in Spanish.

The majority of Columbia Hispanics are still Catholic, but a Pentecostal congregation and the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are among those reaching out by ministering in Spanish.

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Faith/Religion
3:00 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Hispanics connect to culture through faith

Melania Aguilar of Jefferson City teaches a Sunday school class during the Gethsemane Pentecostal Church’s Hispanic Service. Aguilar moved to the U.S. from Honduras 10 years ago.
Laura Davison\ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

Columbia’s Hispanic population is growing, and so are opportunities for worship in Spanish.

The majority of Columbia Hispanics are still Catholic, but a Pentecostal congregation and the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are among those reaching out by ministering in Spanish.

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Faith/Religion
9:04 am
Sat October 20, 2012

MU professor helps with new Christian hymn book

This page from "Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs" shows that in phrased notation, the poetry guides the length of lines and width of margins.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS

Craig Roberts teaches plant science at the University of Missouri. But he also has another passion: music. He’s spent the past few years helping with a new project – a book of Christian hymns entitled “Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs.” If you appreciate poetry, there’s a good chance you’ll like this.

Looking at the big picture, hymns have always been an important part of church life -- at least, according to Mark Noll. He teaches history at Notre Dame University. He’s also co-edited books on the history of hymns in American Protestantism. 

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Faith/Religion
1:44 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Bluegrass brings new life to old traditions at Rocheport church

Congregants gather inside First Christian Church in Rocheport for the monthly bluegrass service.
Ryan Schuessler/ColumbiaFAVS

One Rocheport church is finding new life in old traditions. 

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Faith/Religion
6:07 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Lawmakers In Mo., Other States, Forming 'Religious Freedom' Caucuses

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed October 10, 2012 11:17 am

Missouri is one of nine states where lawmakers are forming caucuses they say will focus on preserving religious freedom.

Departing State Representative Mike McGhee (R, Odessa) is organizing Missouri’s caucus.  He says one of their functions will be to consult with lawmakers in other states on making sure that the language used in bills doesn’t result in the erosion of religious rights.

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Faith/Religion
2:44 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Mid-Mo. Pagans celebrate while they educate

Volunteers with the Peace Nook work a booth at the Mid-Missouri Pagan Pride Festival on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012.
Kearston Winrow KBIA

Paganism is an umbrella term for different faith paths that are non Judeo-Christian. Pagans in Mid-Missouri are working hard to educate people about their faith.

Music was heard throughout Rock Bridge State Park as dozens of people came out to celebrate Pagan Pride. The festival held each year is an opportunity for Pagans in Mid-Missouri to fellowship, network, educate the public about what the religion is and to address misconceptions that the public might have.

Aerica Angell says the main goal for Pagan Pride is education.

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat October 6, 2012

Museum exhibit depicts Hindu deities through sculpture and story

MU's Museum of Art and Archaeology is currently displaying "Seeing the Divine in Hindu Art." The exhibit runs through Dec. 16.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

 

In this week's Faith and Values update, we take a trip to the Museum of Art and Archaeology at MU, where the current exhibit explores the divine in Hindu art.

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Faith/Religion
10:02 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Construction and carpet squares: St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church celebrates renovation

This carpet used to be on the floor of the sanctuary. Now, it just might be a decoration in people's homes.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

For just $1, congregants at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church could purchase a square of the old orange carpet that used to cover the sanctuary floor.

“People either hated the carpet or loved the carpet,” said Urb Molitor. He’s the head of the building committee for the church’s recent renovation. 

The congregation celebrated the completion of the renovation Sunday with an open house. They had food in the fellowship hall, a bounce house out back and music on the portico. Members mingled in the new narthex, admiring the extra space and new doors and windows.

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Faith/Religion
9:46 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Community works to CRUSH Hunger

Allison Whittom, Jake Thompson and Jacob Stevens prepare to put packages of food in boxes.
Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS KBIA

Hundreds of volunteers packaged thousands of food packages to send to hunger-stricken countries during CRUSH Hunger on Sunday. 

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Faith/Religion
8:00 am
Sat September 29, 2012

Todd Akin, God and being American

Kristofor Husted KBIA

Remember those old sayings about not talking religion and politics? Well, this week's faith and values update has both. We’re looking at the faith angle of Republican Congressman Todd Akin’s campaign.

Akin has been criticized since he made a comment about what he called “legitimate rape,” which he later apologized for. He recently made the news again for saying his opponent in the Senate race, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, was more “ladylike” in a previous campaign.

But he still has support from several conservative Christian leaders and organizations.   

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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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