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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.
A Minneapolis church has concocted a formula to remind everyday heroes that their lives have made a difference — albeit without the help of actor Jimmy Stewart and an unlikely guardian angel.
Facts about Luther that will blow your mind.
If Mary and Joseph were looking for a little alone time after Jesus was born, it’s a good thing they weren’t searching for an inn…
Ernest James "Jim" Torok was a physicist with more than 40 patents to his name, as well as the leader of a Dixieland jazz band…
Paul Douglas is one of Minnesota’s best-known meteorologists, delivering weather reports with a droll sense of humor. But he’s dead serious in a lesser-known side…
New insurance settlements boost archdiocese payout plan for 400 abuse victims.
The Minneapolis museum is host to a rare exhibit of personal items that have never left Germany and, officials say, likely will never be seen together again.
Although calendars show Teacher Appreciation Week, National Police Week, and even Truck Driver Appreciation Week, those hardworking clergy haven’t quite had their day in the…
When Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church marked its 100th anniversary this month, it joined the ranks of its historic neighbors on the edge of downtown…
It's created an excruciating moral dilemma for a bloc that represents about one in five voters and attend churches across Minnesota.
The woman who sued an Indian Catholic diocese last year for reinstating the priest who sexually abused her in Minnesota has reached a landmark settlement…
The National Mall in Washington, D.C., may be best known for the Smithsonian museums, including the new National Museum of African American History and Culture…
Documents give more insight into investigation of former Archbishop John Nienstedt and ex-priest Curtis Wehmeyer.
The spending, revealed in the archdiocese's monthly financial reports filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, offers a rare view of the financial operations of the archdiocese
The Rev. Nancy Nord Bence presided over six funerals resulting from gun violence, and has counseled the children and families of Minnesotans killed or injured…
Mary Ann Huelster was a pioneering advocate for children with Down syndrome and other disabilities. More than 60 years ago, she and her husband, Howard,…
Cost savings, pope's plea to go green spur clean-energy boom
Panel says $13M proposed by archdiocese in bankruptcy court is too little.
As religious groups across the nation grapple with ways to grow and sustain membership, new research underscores the pressure on aging mainline Protestants.
Victims' attorney Jeff Anderson slams ruling, promises to appeal.
"I am a heterosexual man who has been celibate my entire life," the former Twin Cities archbishop said in an e-mail, asserting that he did nothing improper.
In dropping charges against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Ramsey County released documents that disclosed a social connection between a priest and the former archbishop.
Inspired by the wildly successful Internet Cat Video Festival, a Twin Cities nonprofit is launching a Dog Video Festival to give dog lovers their day…
Minnesota evolves as a powerful force in international philanthropy.
They gathered in Minnesota this week as they look for ways to expand their humble, quiet faith.
Should archdiocese schools and churches be considered assets to compensate clergy abuse victims? A bankruptcy judge heard arguments Thursday.
Son of Billy Graham says he has no hope for the major parties
Risks aside, the group known as Matter steps up with needed medical aid, from bandages to beds to dialysis machines.
Americans donated an estimated $373 billion in 2015, breaking last year’s record for charitable giving to schools, churches, social services and more. Individuals contributed the…
Gary Erickson’s office space at Macalester College offered a window into his life. Ceramic art pieces crafted by him and by his students. Books of…
The Muslim holy month of Ramadan began this week, and the Minnesota Council of Churches is inviting Minnesotans to break bread with their Muslim neighbors…
Archbishop Hebda calls it a "just and timely" resolution; victims' advocates cry foul.
The gender gap in worship might not have been a great thing, but some religious leaders might prefer that to what’s happening now. The share…
Archbishop denies accusation, says Twin Cities Archdiocese has "cooperated fully" with bankruptcy court.
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