Midweek Missouri Faith Fix: Expansions, Martin Luther King Jr. and adoption

Columbia’s Islamic center will expand to include new classrooms and a large multipurpose room. The mosque has had a growing desire to expand for the last 15 years. The expansion is valued at $1.6 million.

 

Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Hoppe poses with staff from Ulysses S. Grant Elementary School, the group winner of the 2014 Columbia Values Diversity Award. FAVS photo by Kellie Moore.

Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Hoppe poses with staff from Ulysses S. Grant Elementary School, the group winner of the 2014 Columbia Values Diversity Award. FAVS photo by Kellie Moore.

The Columbia Values Diversity Celebration honored those who have helped the community. Julie Middleton won the individual award and Ulysses S. Grant Elementary School won the group award.  This was also a time to remember the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Christ Church Cathedral in downtown St. Louis spent all day Monday reading Martin Luther King Jr.’s sermons, speeches and writings. The goal was to reflect on his words and understand the meaning and relevance today.

Friends and family of two women who died years ago in unsolved murder cases gathered for a candlelight vigil. Diana Ault died 20 years ago, and Sarah DeLeon died 24 years ago. Family and friends continue to pray the police will catch both victims’ killers.

A Branson couple is praying for a phone call – one that lets them know there is a child ready to be adopted. After Jodelle Fitzwater was diagnosed with exercise-induced menopause, she and her husband decided to pursue adoption. The Fitzwaters are part of a national trend, as they join those participating in open adoptions.

Calvary Lutheran High School in Jefferson City will gain a gym, auditorium and classrooms. Sunday afternoon was the dedication and service of blessing for the construction. Jefferson City-area pastors led the service. “The job of the church is to proclaim the mysteries of God, the manifold wisdom of God in Christ Jesus, and that’s exactly the mission purpose of this organization, Calvary Lutheran High School, along with the education,” Rev. Gerald Scheperle said.

Faith Voices for Jefferson City helps educate and equip residents to speak up in public decision-making. The founding convention “Claim the Dream” will be Thursday at 7 p.m., more than 300 people from various faiths are expected to attend.

And in national news, with the Super Bowl coming up, fans are relying on rituals and prayer to get their teams to do well, according to a new study. Twenty-five percent said their teams have also been cursed.

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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