Katherine Burgess| Religion News Service

Stories by Katherine Burgess| Religion News Service

Report: Church giving reaches Depression-era record lows

WASHINGTON — Collection plates are growing even lighter as Protestant church member giving reached new lows in 2011, and tithing … Continued

Supreme Court affirms monks’ right to sell caskets

WASHINGTON — A group of Catholic monks can continue selling their handmade caskets after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to … Continued

Christian conservatives divided over Common Core education standards

RNS () — Even though the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez had a 3.9 GPA in high school, his teachers kept pushing … Continued

Church news outlets struggle to keep their editorial independence

RNS () — The closing of several Protestant denominational newspapers, magazines and other news services has played a part in … Continued

Cambodian dancers rededicate Buddhist temples across U.S.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — It’s the only dance troupe trained to bless and dedicate Cambodian temples, including the iconic 12th-century … Continued

Looking to Get Married? Try a Christian College

The top 25 colleges where men are most likely to meet their spouse are all private Christian institutions.

Ohio court gives lawyer guardianship of Amish girl with cancer

RNS () — An Ohio court has given limited guardianship of a 10-year-old Amish girl to a lawyer who will … Continued

Faithful Filibuster: Christian leaders read Scripture, exhort Congress to care

RNS () — Under a cloudy and drizzly sky, across the street from the U.S. Capitol, David Beckmann read passages … Continued

Conservatives say censorship has increased on Facebook, iTunes

RNS () — Todd Starnes did not think he had violated Facebook’s community standards when he posted about “wearing an … Continued

Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng gets U.S. platform to promote human rights

WASHINGTON — Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has joined three American organizations to further his human rights advocacy, including advocating … Continued

United Methodist high court to consider challenges to gay teachings

WASHINGTON — Facing a wave of open defiance to church law, the top court of the United Methodist Church is … Continued

‘Our Lady of Perpetual Exhaustion’ exhibit probes the spirituality of everyday chaos

WASHINGTON — Meet “Our Lady of Perpetual Exhaustion,” a saint everyone probably can relate to. The chaos of everyday life … Continued

Muslims name 37 groups that fuel Islamophobia

WASHINGTON — Groups with a mission to spread prejudice and hatred against Muslims are coordinated and well financed, according to … Continued

Atheists and humanists launch Freethought Equality Fund PAC

WASHINGTON — Atheists and humanists hope to increase their influence in politics with the launch of the Freethought Equality Fund, … Continued

Bishops rebuke critics of Catholic Relief Services

WASHINGTON — U.S. Catholic bishops rebuked conservative critics of Catholic Relief Services, flatly denying charges the group has wavered in … Continued