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Several Columbia faith community groups are sponsoring events in the coming days. Here’s a compilation of some of those events:

Missouri United Methodist Church Concert Series
7 p.m. Saturday in the Sanctuary for “The Coffee Cantata and Other Pieces by J.S. Bach.” Tickets are available in the church office, 204 S. Ninth St.

Karis Community Church will host two events with Ray Ortlund, a pastor, scholar and author from Nashville, Tenn.

Ray Ortlund

Ray Ortlund

According to a news release, Ortlund will be teaching on “Illicit Worship: Escaping Spiritual Adultery” for two sessions at Middlebush Auditorium at MU.

He also will be talking about “Teaching through the Flames: Trusting God in the Trials of Ministry.” This session is geared for pastors and ministry workers.

The “Illicit Worship” sessions will be at 7 p.m. on  Feb. 17 and Feb. 19. Both events are free. The ministry-focused sessions will be held at noon on Feb. 18 at Boone Tavern. The session is free but participants are asked to consider purchasing a meal at the restaurant during the session.

For information, call 760-51-KARIS or go to karischurch.org, or e-mail info@karischurch.org.

Hindu Temple and Community Center of mid-Missouri, Shanthi Mandir, will hold its fourth anniversary banquet at 6:30 p.m. on March 5. The event will be held at the Peach Tree Banquet Hall.

The evening includes a social hour, meal, Odissi classical dances and Bharata Natyam dancing, which is another form of classical Indian dancing. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children ages 3 to 10 and $5 for toddlers.

Tickets must be purchased by Feb. 26. For information, call 875-6608.

Shanthi Mandir banquet flier

Shanthi Mandir banquet flier

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When I went to the Interfaith Council meeting last Wednesday, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Yet as I sat at the tables set up for the forum, I realized… this is kind of a big deal.

The Interfaith Council has groups from all over Columbia, some churches and some volunteer and service organizations. It was a small group of passionate people that are really trying to live what they care about.

And I thought, how much of Columbia knows about this council?

I had never heard of it, but granted, before working as a Missourian reporter I was a sheltered college student living on campus.

But there were over 20 different organizations represented on the docket. People from

Voluntary Action Center,


Meals on Wheels,

Love, INC and

the Adult Day Connection

were there (along with, oh, only about 16 other groups). This is a place where they can all come together from their different spheres and communicate about what’s going on.

Yet in the undertones, I also sensed something else: a little frustration. It was nothing off-putting, but just the sincere concern of people trying to do the best they can: how do you get other people’s attention, and then get them to care?

For instance, the Thanksgiving Interfaith Celebration that they had (Madoline wrote a blog about it, here) had about 120 people show up to it. And what’s more, Mayor Darwin Hindman himself came, and delivered a city decree that named that day – Nov. 25 – Columbia Interfaith Council Thanksgiving Day.


That seems to be a big deal… yet it wasn’t covered.

And I’m realizing more, this is
what the blog is about. Reporters at the Missourian want to make connections in the community – you, readers – so we can see what is important to you, what should be covered, and what you want to see more of.

So thanks for speaking up, and we’d all love more of it in the new year to come.

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For me, the word thanksgiving conjures up visions of gatherings with family to eat turkey and all the “fixings.” Though my family has a tradition of each saying one thing we’re thankful for before we eat our holiday meal, I often fail to properly recognize what it means to give thanks on this day. If I wasn’t already planning to be out of town on Tuesday, I would attend what promises to be a meaningful reminder of how I should center my thoughts around giving thanks in this season.

An interfaith thanksgiving celebration will be held Tuesday, November 18 at 6 p.m. in the Mark Twain Ballroom of Memorial Union on the MU campus. Members representing six of the world’s religious traditions will make ten-minute presentations in dance, song, poetry, and storytelling reflecting their religious traditions of thankfulness. There will be a musical interlude 15 minutes before the start of the celebration. Refreshments will be served.

The event, sponsored by the Columbia Interfaith Council, is free and open to all. This year’s theme is embracing our commonalities and dignifying our diversity in a welcoming Columbia community.There will be a monetary collection to support the Interfaith Day Center and local food pantries. 

Check out the video below from last year’s event posted by Congregation Beth Shalom here.


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From cnn.com:

20 people have died in the last three days in demonstrations in Kashmir, a region controlled by India that is located along the India/Pakistan border.

Kashmir has been a flashpoint of violence between Hindus and Muslims for more than a month. The violence was triggered by the government’s attempt to transfer land to a Hindu shrine.

The latest round of protests was started on Monday by fruit growers who were upset that Hindu protesters had blocked a highway leading into India, preventing their crops from getting to market. It has spiraled into demonstrations against the deaths.

Read the full article here

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A new Indian version of the Bible recently published by the Catholic Church has run into controversy over its inclusion of verses from the Bhagavad Gita, a form of Hindu chant, and references to the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.

Jesus’ words about storing “treasure in heaven” in the Gospel of Matthew, for example, are compared to the Bhagavad Gita’s teaching that “work alone is your proper business, never the fruits it may produce”.

Pastor Vijay Thomas who heads a Bible college in Chennai, told Christian Today, “By making it appear ‘Indian’ with references to Hindu scriptures and great poets, people will not come to the truth. This is a complete turn back from the real Bible.”

Oswald Gracias, the Catholic Archbishop of Bombay, defended the Bible edition, saying, “I am sure this Bible, made in India and for Indians, will bring the word of God closer to millions of our people, not only Christians.”

Read the entire article here

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A Jewish online organization has questioned the application process of the coordinators of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, according to USA Today.

Jews on First has said that the organizational structure of the Day of Prayer is excluding non-Christian faiths and is causing a division along religious lines.

Click here for more.

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‘Bitter’ remarks cloud faith, values forum

Obama tackles Catholic challenge

Uncertain Church Awaits Pope in U.S.

Bush Readies Big Welcome for Pope

Pope and Bush have foreign policy differences

Polygamy case poses ‘logistical nightmare’ for courts

Tex. Compound Was Considered A ‘Holy Land’

Child Rape Tests Limits Of Death Penalty

Quick cuts part of Passover tradition

Skillfully preserving Jewish ritual

Source: Religion Newswriters Association

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