Reporter | Religion, Faith & Values

Jean Hopfensperger is the religion, faith and values reporter for the Star Tribune. She focuses largely on religious trends shaping Minnesota and the nation. 

A veteran reporter, Hopfensperger has covered religion, philanthropy, immigration, the state legislature, human services and Central American issues. Before joining the Star Tribune, she worked for several years in Central America, reporting on conflicts for U.S. newspapers such as The Christian Science Monitor. She has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota focusing on international politics and U.S. social policy.


Does your faith influence your choice of pet?

An unusual new study examines the link between religious views and pet ownership.


Minnesota pastor leads campaign to try to shift evangelical vote

"We're not trying to make everyone a Democrat, just to vote for one this time," the Rev. Doug Pagitt says.


Minnesota church Facebook page explodes – with requests for the Illuminati

It shows off the downside of the national trend for churches to creatively rebrand.


Erasing medical debt is new mission of Twin Cities church

The congregation of Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove donated $15,000 to pay off more than $1 million in debts, said the Rev. Joel Wight Hoogheem.


Ramsey County ends oversight of St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese over clergy sex abuse

Archbishop pledges to continue initiatives to prevent clergy sex abuse of children.


Minnesota woman shares 'hidden recipes' of Jewish women enslaved by Nazis

Daughter will tell remarkable story of mother's survival at Minnesota's Holocaust remembrance event.


Protestants feel closer to clergy than Catholics do, researchers say

About half in both said they were "somewhat close" to the person leading their worship services. But faith in their advice differed widely by issue.


Luanne Nyberg, founder of Children's Defense Fund Minnesota, dies at 73

She was among the most ardent advocates at the Legislature for the Children's Health Insurance Program, which became a national model.


Minnesota researcher reveals day in the life of a Catholic bishop

The Rev. Stephen Fichter presented the findings last week during a lecture at St. Mary's University in Minneapolis.


Minnesota Methodist leaders support new plan ending LGBT sanctions

Individual churches would be allowed to decide whether to be inclusive.