Mid-week Missouri faith fix: Baha’i books, toy guns and purpose after tragedy

Interfaith Care for Creation, an interfaith garden project in Columbia, brings different faith communities together for environmental stewardship. It produced more than 1,700 pounds of food last year, which was donated to the food pantry.

Ellis Library at MU has the fourth largest collection of Baha’i books in the country among research libraries. The collection is ranked behind Harvard, UCLA and Stanford.

Robert Almony, who set up an endowment to buy Baha’i books for MU, flips through “The Hidden Words.” He recommends this book for those interested in the faith.

Robert Almony, who set up an endowment to buy Baha’i books for MU, flips through “The Hidden Words.” He recommends this book for those interested in the faith.

Father Helias arrived in mid-Missouri 175 years ago and is now considered the Father of mid-Missouri. Here is some of the history of influences he had on mid-Missouri.

In St. Louis Bishop Robert Shaheen’s resignation was accepted by Pope Francis. He was the leader of the Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon

A mother in St. Louis is searching for God's purpose after losing her two sons and husband. They died while going on a hike at Brushy Creek.

Pryor Creek Community Church is one of a few dozen churches around the country that are offering concealed carry certification classes as a way to reach out to non-Christians or to attract new members.

Pryor Creek Community Church is one of a few dozen churches around the country that are offering concealed carry certification classes as a way to reach out to non-Christians or to attract new members.

This past weeken,d an exchange for toy guns was held throughout St. Louis. The children traded in their toy guns for non-violent toys. Rev. Rodney Francis said he wanted to created dialogue about gun violence through this event.

A teaching assistant at UMKC had a dream to run in the Boston Marathon. He achieved this dream this past year and feels “The Most High protected” him from the bombings. Because of this the teaching assistant now plans to spread the word of God. 

The insurance company for the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese is refusing to pay for a priest sexual abuse settlement; the suicide of a 14-year-old boy is thought to be related to the abuse.

Stained Glass Theatre recently announced its 31st season. The theatre puts on Christian-themed plays and 10 years ago moved from Springfield to the Ozarks.

Darryl Strawberry played outfielder for the Mets but is now taking up a different profession. He now leads people to Christ by being a pastor. 

The Zimmerman trials came to the close this week. This is how one Kansas City pastor took the news. Writers on ColumbiaFAVS have also written about their reactions to the news. Look at what Steve Swope and Kevin Glenn had to say about it.

Heather Adams

About Heather Adams

Heather Adams is a junior at MU. She is majoring in convergence journalism and religious studies. She's been reporting for Columbia Faith & Values as an intern since the site was launched, and she served as an intern in summer 2013. Now, she volunteers as a reporter and also helps with site marketing and community engagement.

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