Our weekly look at religion news from around the state.

 

From left, John Rohmiller, 17; Inas Syed, 17; and Haley Benson, 17, all seniors at Rock Bridge High School, listen to a guest lecture from Punam Sethi, a learning specialist at the school, on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 in Columbia.  Sethi is a practicing Hindu and spoke to Irwin’s class about the belief system and its customs. FAVS photo by Jill Ornitz.

From left, John Rohmiller, 17; Inas Syed, 17; and Haley Benson, 17, all seniors at Rock Bridge High School, listen to a guest lecture from Punam Sethi, a learning specialist at the school, on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 in Columbia. Sethi is a practicing Hindu and spoke to Irwin’s class about the belief system and its customs. FAVS photo by Jill Ornitz.

World religion classes are being taught throughout Columbia’s public high schools. As Jill Ornitz reports, the classes helps broaden student horizons as, religion is taught in an academic sense and not used to convert.

This weekend, Columbia Faith and Values is holding a Downtown Worship Walking Tour. Tours will be on Saturday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 19 from 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

A historic landmark in St. Louis is going through major restoration this year. A 179-year-old church next to the Gateway Arch will have a repaired stone front and steeple, refinished wooden floors and pews, and new windows, air-conditioning and lighting. The project is expected to be finished by summer.

The St. Louis-based Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod has decided that Boy Scout troops in its congregations can go along with the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to allow openly gay members – but that agreement is with the understanding that they can remove any member who is “advocating for a moral view that is inconsistent with the church.” (The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod teaches that marriage is only be between a man and a woman.)

Aaron Brummitt is a street preacher in downtown Springfield, Mo. But he was arrested for disturbing the peace. Now, Brummitt says his first amendment rights are being violated.

Central Christian Church in Lake of the Ozarks, wanted to serve as a shelter but ran into multiple difficulties and decided to help in a different way. They donated tents, sleeping bags and blankets to Rare Breed Youth Services, a local center for homeless teens.

A Kansas City man pleaded guilty to providing financial support to al-Qaida. Now he says he renounces “any faith or ideology that calls for violence.”

Dogs, cats and chickens came out to Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Kansas City for its annual blessing of the animals over the weekend.

In entertainment news, ‘Grace Unplugged’ and ‘Red Wing’ are two new movies involving faith this week.

Nationally, as the government shutdown continues, religious groups are starting to feel it.

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