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Black and white church leaders are banding together to take on a "national crisis."
The May 18 event is the first major religious event to be held in the Vikings stadium.
Dozens of men accuse a 96-year-old priest of molesting them when they were boys.
A campaign to support Muslims during their holiest month has attracted thousands of churches, schools — and the Minnesota National Guard.
Appeals court affirms assets of parishes, other entities not available for bankruptcy settlement.
Group sings, once mainly religious, are being embraced by social activists — including on Earth Day.
150-year-old Trinity Lutheran keeps its welcoming arms wide open
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church offers potluck smack in the middle of the service.
The Crosiers, a small religious order in Onamia, will pay $25 million to 67 abuse victims.
They formed the basis of the so-called Doctrine of Discovery, which shapes U.S. Indian policy to this day and haunts Indians' well-being, the group says.
Abuse victims argue late objection puts their hard-fought settlement in jeopardy.
Passion plays date to the Middle Ages and are still popular in Minnesota.
Victims and parishes in Twin Cities Archdiocese dwell in uncertainty as bankruptcy enters its fourth year with no settlement in sight.
There are the growing numbers of young Catholics leaving the church — the focus of a new national study to examine why they're departing and where they're landing.
It's the fourth such bankruptcy in Minnesota.
Graham's footprints still seen at University of Northwestern, KTIS.
David Zwick was a student at Harvard Law School in the early 1970s when he joined a group of promising attorneys working with consumer activist Ralph Nader. He wound up heading a groundbreaking study of the nation's water pollution and launching the first grass-roots clean water movement.
It is among a variety of faith-based yoga practices now being embraced by Minnesotans.
Ten Minnesotans are among the volunteers helping with care.
One in four Americans believe God plays a role in athletic games.
Just one group of seven — a family from Boston — took up the offer of housing.
Nearly a thousand faithful celebrated at an official Super Bowl event that put the spotlight on one of Minnesota's less glitzy claims to fame — its national leadership in multifaith cooperation.
A landmark downtown Minneapolis church opens its doors to the future.
The Rev. Columba Stewart and his team at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville use digital photography to permanently preserve the treasures for the world to see.
Salvation Army's mission stems from distinct Protestant sect.
Curtiss DeYoung's unlikely track included Washington, D.C., South Africa and Chicago.
While some state religious leaders praised the president's decision to break with longstanding U.S. policy, others were nervous.
Berean Baptist Church ranking is based on the annual survey of Protestant churches by Lifeway Research and published in Outreach magazine.
An upbeat, gregarious man with a deep knowledge of housing policy, Warner inspired generations of Twin Cities leaders, one said.
Collegeville now hosts one of the few hand-scripted Bibles created in the past century.
Dale Swan is a hospice chaplain best known for visiting hundreds of terminally ill patients. He provides not just spiritual support but everything from birthday parties to mock college graduations to veterans' events.
In a new poll, 56 percent of adults surveyed say you can be a good person without divine faith.
The denomination, eroding in Europe and the United States, is being embraced by thousands in other countries -- and they're shaking up the old rituals.
Martin Luther is the star of symphony, song and celebration as 500th anniversary draws to a close.
A new survey of pastor spouses, conducted by LifeWay Research, found many feel isolated with few close friends and considerable financial worries.
Thanks to groundwork laid by religious leaders over the years, and jolted by heightened anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic tensions, Minnesota leaders of the two faiths are forging new alliances and bolstering existing ones.
Archbishop Bernard Hebda never expected to land in the Twin Cities, but he embraced Minnesota life.
The faithful at Mount Olive Lutheran Church just wanted to make their 80-year-old building energy-efficient, a tangible step to care for God's creation. They didn't know they'd be blazing a trail for geothermal heating.
The Collegeville abbey still has more than 60 lawsuits pending.
Relief workers and volunteers are heading to Texas, and now Florida, to help storm victims.
Some U.S. Protestants are unaware of the Reformation, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center.
Judge hears competing plans to settle the claims, assigns the archdiocese some homework.
Bill Hirabayashi was eager to enlist in the U.S. Army after Japan bombed the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in 1941. At the recruitment…
Mohamed Omar, the center's executive director, was daunted by the prospects of hosting a community event Tuesday night expected to draw thousands of supporters. But he was also very grateful.
As Twin Cities churches lament their empty pews this time of year, the metro faithful can be found in the chapels of lakeside towns.
NONFICTION: This oral history by Nobel winner Svetlana Alexievich gives voice to the hundreds of thousands of women who served in World War II.
The triennial gathering of the Women of the ELCA, running through Sunday, shows how the rank and file has been carving its own path in Lutheran service.
Minnesota's first food truck church delivers the gospel and a calzone while offering a model in how to spread the Good News in the 21st century.
Discussion of community's suspicions and worries was broadcast on Voice of America.
A group of Christians, Muslims and Jews is holding the metro's first "TriFaith Fourth of July."
Experts and students of the ancient sacred music have gathered at the University of St. Thomas for what is billed as "the most in-depth teaching conference ... on sacred music in the world."
Archdiocese doesn't have to liquidate its assets, judge says.
The activist, national farm advocacy educator and former U.S. Department of Agriculture manager died May 17.
The victims, not lawyers, should benefit, Judge Robert Kressel said, adding "it bothers me so much."
Interfaith social justice leader to replace the Rev. Peg Chemberlin.
The Rev. Peg Chemberlin led Minnesota Council of Churches for more than two decades.
No one is predicting the demise of the Good Book. But the Greatest Story Ever Told is increasingly being spiced up with photos, video, 3-D graphics, maps and social media shares.
Lawsuit accuses Crookston bishop of threatening alleged abuse victim and failing to report abuse.
Members of Mount Zion temple celebrated a historic anniversary Sunday for Minnesota's Jewish community — the 1856 founding of Mount Zion as the state's first Jewish congregation. Born before Minnesota was a state, Mount Zion put Minnesota on the map for the early waves of Jewish immigrants to the Midwest and laid the foundation for a community of about 45,000 today.
The order allows religious leaders to endorse and campaign for political candidates without risking their tax-exempt status. But many leaders say it opens the door to more.
Rebranding, long a strategy in the business world, is taking off in congregations hoping to attract newcomers, update their images and shed any negative perceptions of their denominations.
It started as a Palm Sunday experiment. A Minnesota forestry professor tested the idea of offering environmentally friendly palms to churches to protect the forests in Central America and to support the palm laborers' communities.
Laird, who resigned post in 2013 as clergy abuse controversy exploded, had urged Archbishop Nienstedt to resign.
Corned beef is back on the plate, with lifting of no-meat mandate this Friday.
A former client is claiming Mas Sajady's supernatural healings are tantamount to practicing medicine, and he should follow state regulations for alternative health care.
It's the 16th Catholic religious organization in the nation to seek protection from clergy sex abuse claims made through a 2013 state law.
Minnesota churches join in growing national trend.
Families seek programs and state support for students struggling to read.
Minnesota's Russian-speaking community is reacting to growing tensions between Russia and the Trump administration with a mix of concern, curiosity and skepticism.
More than 520,000 patients checked into Minnesota hospitals last year, carrying religious baggage that wasn't as neatly packed as it used to be.
Battle pits infertile couples against faith groups, who call it "renting a womb."
He spoke about mass shootings at Remembrance Day event.
Survivors of clergy abuse will vote for one of two competing compensation plans, or none of the above.
At an age when most Minnesotans ease into a cushy retirement, Sister Joan Tuberty moved her worldly belongings into a tiny apartment in a 95-bed…
On the streets where Martin Luther preached, about 85 percent of residents have no religion, 40-plus years after Soviet rule ingrained a deep skepticism of God and religion.
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