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.
Don’t call it atheist church; secular communities are growing
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
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
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
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.
Gay Mormon characters step out of the shadows
(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
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’?
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
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
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
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.
Counter-protesters targeting Westboro Baptist Church
(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.