1. The choir of First Christian Church perform “Rippling Brook” on bells as a special performance for the Sunday morning congregation.


  2.  - Magrib by Said Mohamed at the Islamic Center of Central Missouri in Columbia

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    Said Mohamed, Imam of the Islamic Center of Central Missouri, performs prayers in Arabic five times daily.

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  3. Theese Weber, a volunteer singer at Woodcrest Chapel in Columbia, Mo., sings “Turn to Stone.”

    The Ingrid Michaelson song was part of a Nov. 11 service at Woodcrest that focused on the power of forgiveness.


  4. The Baha’i community of Columbia celebrates the birthday of the faith’s founder, Baha’u’llah.

    People on Nov. 12 crowded into the living room of a local Baha’i for fellowship, food, a short talk on the faith, and singing. Jessica Lorene, a member of the Baha’i faith community, led the group in song.  

    Baha’u’llah lived from 1817 to 1892. A major focus of the Baha’i faith is unity.


  5. Korean First Presbyterian Church of Columbia begins its service with a song — in Korean.

    The congregation, founded in 1999, shares space with First Presbyterian Church of Columbia on Hitt Street. The congregation has become more than just a religious outlet: It’s also a cultural center for local Koreans, even providing language lessons for second-generation congregation members. This clip comes from the Sept. 16 service.

    Read more about the Korean First Presbyterian Church on ColumbiaFAVS.com


  6. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia brings a national conference home.

    The Oct. 28 service at the church focused on the experiences several youth members had in June at the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly. During the assembly, which happened in Phoenix, Unitarian Universalists protested against a controversial Arizona law that aims to discourage illegal immigration.

    On Oct. 28, Columbia members Rosie Robinson and James Cutts performed “Blue Boat Home,” a song by Peter Mayer that Cutts learned at the assembly. Robinson wasn’t at the assembly, but she played the guitar while Cutts, standing next to her in the picture, sang.


  7. Churchgoers at First Presbyterian Church of Columbia celebrate their Scottish heritage with bagpipes, drums and plaid in the church’s first Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans ceremony.

    Worshipers with roots in nearly 30 Scottish clans carried their “tartans” — or plaid patterns worn on kilts, flags and hats — in a procession accompanied with music from the Boone County Fire Protection District Pipes and Drums. The ceremony took place Oct. 28 during the celebration of Reformation Sunday.

    Listen to more First Presbyterian Church bagpipes on ColumbiaFAVS.com


  8. Bluegrass is bringing new life to old traditions at First Christian Church in Rocheport.

    First Christian Church was founded in a home eight years after Lewis and Clark passed through the area. It has the second oldest continuous Christian service nationwide — the first this side of the Appalachia. In recent years, the congregation averaged only about 10 people. But two years ago, Pastor Mickey Heavener and Pastor Tim Carson of Broadway Christian Church in Columbia came up with an idea to revitalize this small church: bluegrass.

    Listen to more First Christian Church bluegrass on ColumbiaFAVS.com


  9. A group of Mennonites from Versailles and Warrensburg gathered at Mizzou’s Speakers Circle in October to sing gospel music.


  10. "Leaving our troubles behind" at Agape Fellowship Ministries

    ColumbiaFAVS photographer Ninh Pham shot this video while visiting Agape Fellowship Ministries, a Columbia church started by African refugees. The lyrics translate as “leaving our troubles behind.”