ColumbiaFAVS.com launched in late July, and we've been growing continually since then.
We've got lots of great plans for the year ahead. But before we get to those, let's take a look back at last year.
As you know, we have a small staff – it's me (the editor) and a handful of talented journalism students, many of whom have done more than what is required of them. Thanks to our team of community contributors from different faith backgrounds, we're able to bring you much more content than we would otherwise.
We'll be looking at top stories in two categories: Today, news and features reported by our staff. Tomorrow, thoughtful reflections from our contributors.
Enjoy taking a look back! Don't see your favorite story here? Tell us what it is in the comments section, and share it with your friends.
Here are the top 5 most-read news and feature stories of 2012.
1. Forging his own path: MU student Mark Nicolais has developed his own new expression of Christianity. (Way to go, Ryan Schuessler, on finding this story!)
2. Getting through it: The first Christmas after a loss: The holidays can be hard for those who have suffered a loss. One pastor tries to help.
3. Hindu community celebrates Diwali: A photo slideshow of the Hindu Festival of Lights
4. Fr. John Kavanaugh, S.J., remembered for insight and encouragement: An obituary on a well-loved philosophy professor from St. Louis.
5. As holiday approaches, Voluntary Action Center tight on Christmas family sponsors: The VAC was in a bit of a pinch for a short time. But all the families did get sponsored.
*Note: This report was compiled Dec. 20, 2012.
Coming tomorrow: Top 5 most-read contributor pieces.