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

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


Churches trade old names for new and younger members

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.


Minn. 'Eco-Palm' project sends nearly 1 million palms to churches

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.


Peter Laird, Archbishop Nienstedt's former top deputy, leaves priesthood

Laird, who resigned post in 2013 as clergy abuse controversy exploded, had urged Archbishop Nienstedt to resign.


Not so fast! Most Minn. Catholics CAN eat meat this St. Patrick's Day

Corned beef is back on the plate, with lifting of no-meat mandate this Friday.


Complaint puts New Age healers on Minnesota regulators' radar

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.


New Ulm bankruptcy makes Minnesota No. 1 in church bankruptcies

It's the 16th Catholic religious organization in the nation to seek protection from clergy sex abuse claims made through a 2013 state law.


Ashes To Go puts a speedy twist on Ash Wednesday for the time crunched

Minnesota churches join in growing national trend.


Minnesota parents lobby for kids at 'Dyslexia Day' at State Capitol

Families seek programs and state support for students struggling to read.


'Like the Cold War': Minnesota Russian community worried

Minnesota's Russian-speaking community is reacting to growing tensions between Russia and the Trump administration with a mix of concern, curiosity and skepticism.


God, Allah, Buddha, Great Spirit: Minnesota hospital chaplains adapt to diversity

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.