Midweek Missouri Faith Fix: Hamoodi, a rural pastor and Christian radio

Last week the St. Louis archdiocese requested a judge dismiss a lawsuit against Archbishop Robert Carlson for failing to prevent a molestation. The Rev. Joseph Jiang is facing criminal charges of first-degree child endangerment and tampering connected to his alleged misconduct.

Support continues to build for the release of a Missouri man in prison. Shakir Hamoodi pleaded guilty in 2012 to violating sanctions levied against Iraq by illegally sending money to the country to help his family and friends before the U.S.-led Iraq war.

Rev. Clairnel Nervik accepts the John Bennet Award for Ministry at at Missouri School of Religion banquet on Nov. 8, 2013. Nervik is the pastor of Peace United Church of Christ in Hartsburg. FAVS photo by Nate Anton.

Rev. Clairnel Nervik accepts the John Bennet Award for Ministry at at Missouri School of Religion banquet on Nov. 8, 2013. Nervik is the pastor of Peace United Church of Christ in Hartsburg. FAVS photo by Nate Anton.

Last Friday, the Missouri School of Religion recognized a rural community pastor with the John Bennett Award for Ministry. Rev. Clairnel Nervik has served Peace United Church of Christ in Hartsburg, Mo., for more than seven years.

Last weekend, First Baptist Church in downtown Columbia hosted a guest speaker in honor of its 190th anniversary. The guest speaker was a Baptist historian and held a series of talks titled, “What makes a Baptist a Baptist?”

A St. Louis Christian radio station announced it will be launching new station near the beginning of the 2014 calendar year. The new station will be focused on teens and young adults by playing hip-hop, rap, pop and rock.

In national news: On Sunday, several hundred people gathered for the launch of Sunday Assembly, an “atheist mega-church” in Los Angeles. The trend of “atheist mega-churches” has been growing and have been popping up worldwide.

In Internet-related news, the Vatican secured the new Internet domain name “.catholic,” and is deciding how to make use of it. The Holy See said it will be reserved for church-related organization, not individuals.

And for the travelers out there, on Monday, the Vatican revealed it would display bones believed to be the mortal remains of St. Peter. The bones will be displayed for the first time on Nov. 24.

 

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