Jean Hopfensperger | Star Tribune
Reporter | Reporter - Philanthropy/Nonprofits

Jean Hopfensperger is a news reporter covering religion, faith and values.


Bloomington Islamic Center picks up pieces after explosion

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.


Tourist season fills Minnesota churches Up North

As Twin Cities churches lament their empty pews this time of year, the metro faithful can be found in the chapels of lakeside towns.


REVIEW: 'The Unwomanly Face of War,' by Svetlana Alexievich

NONFICTION: This oral history by Nobel winner Svetlana Alexievich gives voice to the hundreds of thousands of women who served in World War II.


Minneapolis gathering highlights growing global role of Lutheran women

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.


Shobi's Table food truck church serves up food and faith

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.


Voice of America holds town hall on Somali measles outbreak

Discussion of community's suspicions and worries was broadcast on Voice of America.


First 'TriFaith Fourth' brings religious diversity to July 4

A group of Christians, Muslims and Jews is holding the metro's first "TriFaith Fourth of July."


Gregorian chants get a sacred encore and a showcase in St. Paul

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."


Objections to Twin Cities Archdiocese bankruptcy plans air in court

Archdiocese doesn't have to liquidate its assets, judge says.


Lou Anne Kling, legendary farm advocate in Minnesota and nation, dies at 77

The activist, national farm advocacy educator and former U.S. Department of Agriculture manager died May 17.