Kellie Moore

Kellie Moore (formerly Kotraba) serves as the editor and community manager of Columbia Faith & Values. Although she is originally from the West – Nevada and California – she’s now proud to call Missouri home.

All Stories by Kellie Moore

Don’t call it atheist church; secular communities are growing

April 11, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (RNS) Kansas City Oasis hopes to provide more layers of connectivity through mom’s groups, other niche get-togethers and service opportunities.

‘Miraculous Tales’ takes viewers through faith and lore

February 26, 2014

COLUMBIA, Mo. (RNS) The film, set in Ireland, lives up to its name. There are stories of folklore cures, a priest people flock to for prayers, a passionate preacher, and an old man who experiences his own miraculous moment.

‘Manakamana’ takes viewers on a virtual pilgrimage

February 26, 2014

COLUMBIA, Mo. (RNS) The entire film takes place in a cable car – going up, coming down, looking around. Through the camera lens, viewers ride with men and women, young and old, people and animals.

Free Thought Exchange brings atheists to church for dialogue

November 15, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (RNS) Jason Testerman is the founder of Free Thought Exchange, a Denver-based organization created within the past two years to foster dialogue and understanding between Christians and atheists.

Video: What does your God look like?

October 10, 2013

“If you could draw a picture of God — any god, whichever you happen to believe in — what would it look like?”

Columbia FAVS Video: What happens after death?

July 10, 2013

What do you think happens after death? Take a look at what these mid-Missourians had to say – then share your response in the comments section.

Gay Mormon characters step out of the shadows

May 22, 2013

(RNS) Twenty years ago, a gay Mormon character stepped onstage for the first time in Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America.” A lot’s changed since then, fueled by the church’s role in Prop 8 and its efforts to build bridges to gays and lesbians.

Fox apologizes for comments on Wiccans at University of Missouri

February 25, 2013

COLUMBIA, Mo. (RNS) Fox News contributor Tucker Carlson has apologized for comments he made about Wiccans, saying he “should have left them alone.”

David Lamb: Is God really ‘Angry, Sexist and Racist’?

January 30, 2013

COLUMBIA, Mo. (RNS) Evangelical theologian David Lamb tackles some of the Bible’s most troubling passages in his book, “God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist?” His answer: yes and no.

For Missouri monks, holiday fruitcakes are slice of the divine

December 19, 2012

AVA, Mo. (RNS) Some monasteries make jelly, creamed honey, even world-class beer. For the last 25 years, the Trappist monks of Assumption Abbey here in the foothills of the Ozarks have made fruitcake. By Kellie Kotraba.

Teen activist emerges as an atheist hero at Skepticon

November 13, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (RNS) In her hometown of Cranston, R.I., Jessica Ahlquist earned quite a reputation: Witch. Nazi. Satanist. But in the atheist community, the 17-year-old is a celebrity. A hero. By Kellie Kotraba.

Members of burned Missouri mosque look to an uncertain future

September 13, 2012

JOPLIN, Mo. (RNS) A little more than a month after the Islamic Society of Joplin mosque was destroyed by the second fire of 2012, the local Muslim community is moving forward with support from the interfaith community. Progress, however, is going to be slow. By Kellie Kotraba.

Missouri prayer amendment passes by wide margin

August 8, 2012

COLUMBIA, Mo. (RNS) Voters in Missouri overwhelmingly approved a “right to pray” amendment to the state's constitution on Tuesday, despite concerns about the measure's necessity and legality.

Counter-protesters targeting Westboro Baptist Church

July 23, 2012

(RNS) Thousands of people wearing red shirts gathered in downtown Columbia, Mo., in response to word of a planned protest by the Kansas-based group Westboro Baptist Church. By Kellie Kotraba.

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