Chris Lisee| Religion News Service

Stories by Chris Lisee| Religion News Service

Homeless find support on Facebook, Twitter

Here’s something everyone can “like”: Social media fosters community, even for those who don’t have a home. A new study … Continued

Faith and rights groups call for hate crime hearings

Amid a rash of recent attacks that are being investigated as hate crimes, a coalition of more than 150 organizations … Continued

National Cathedral gets boost for repair effort

WASHINGTON — One year after an earthquake caused extensive damage to the Washington National Cathedral, church officials received a large … Continued

Bible game show aims for religious audience

The world’s best-selling book has made it to the small screen in what is thought to be the first religiously … Continued

Does megachurch ‘high’ explain their success?

Maybe religion really is the opiate of the masses — just not the way Karl Marx imagined. A University of … Continued

Report highlights Islam’s global diversity

WASHINGTON — Nearly all Muslims can agree on the basic beliefs of Islam: There is one God, Muhammad is God’s … Continued

Sikh vigils greet violence with peace, food

WASHINGTON — In the shadow of the White House, as speakers called for unity, trays of food circulated the audience: … Continued

Survey: most Americans keep faith private online

Meet the social media “nones.” A new survey finds that Americans, while mostly religious, generally do not use social media … Continued

Liberal Christian leaders blast GOP tax bill

WASHINGTON — A coalition of liberal Christian leaders blasted a GOP budget plan that would extend Bush-era tax cuts for … Continued

Orthodox Jews use smartphones, websites to complete Talmud cycle

Want to study the Talmud with thousands of other Orthodox Jews? There’s an app for that. Twenty-first century Internet technology … Continued

Pollster: Romney’s Israel trip will have little effect on Jewish vote

WASHINGTON — Neither Mitt Romney’s trip to Israel Saturday (July 28) nor President Obama’s Middle East policies will have much … Continued

Rep. Michele Bachmann’s Muslim Brotherhood claims draw fierce fire

WASHINGTON — Accusations by Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., that an Islamist group has infiltrated the U.S. government are drawing fierce … Continued

Debate reignites over religion at Air Force Academy

The long-smoldering debate at the U.S. Air Force Academy over the role of religion in cadets’ lives has reignited, just … Continued

‘’God particle” discovery ignites debate over science and religion

The Higgs boson is perhaps better known by its sexier nickname: the “God particle.” But in fact, many scientists, including … Continued

Study: Pastors’ concerns for others may harm their own health

Most members of the clergy are taught to put the physical and spiritual needs of others first, but that self-denial … Continued

Catholic nuns’ bus tour concludes in nation’s capital

WASHINGTON — A group of Catholic nuns ended its nine-state bus tour here Monday (July 2), speaking out against a … Continued

Hutterite says National Geographic didn’t exploit rural colony for reality show

WASHINGTON — A character on a National Geographic Channel documentary series about a rural Hutterite colony defended his community and … Continued

‘Radicalization’ hearings on Muslim return to Capitol

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers split along party lines at a hearing Wednesday (June 20) meant to gauge Muslim responses to … Continued

Interfaith leaders fast to protest solitary confinement

WASHINGTON — An interfaith coalition is urging Congress to end solitary confinement, which they said is a “harmful, costly, and … Continued

Sandusky charity transfers $2 million to Christian group

WASHINGTON — A Christian foster care organization has been tapped to take charge of $2 million in assets from the … Continued