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

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


Trump's move to call Jerusalem Israel's capital draws criticism, praise in Minn.

While some state religious leaders praised the president's decision to break with longstanding U.S. policy, others were nervous.


Burnsville church is among the nation's fastest growing

Berean Baptist Church ranking is based on the annual survey of Protestant churches by Lifeway Research and published in Outreach magazine.


Obituary: Charlie Warner was 'heart and soul' of Minnesota's affordable housing efforts

An upbeat, gregarious man with a deep knowledge of housing policy, Warner inspired generations of Twin Cities leaders, one said.


Acclaimed Saint John's Bible gets permanent home

Collegeville now hosts one of the few hand-scripted Bibles created in the past century.


Twin Cities chaplain receives award from an unlikely source

Dale Swan is a hospice chaplain best known for visiting hundreds of terminally ill patients. He provides not just spiritual support but everything from birthday parties to mock college graduations to veterans' events.


Can you be good without God? Most U.S. adults now say yes

In a new poll, 56 percent of adults surveyed say you can be a good person without divine faith.


'Lutheran is not Lake Wobegon': After 500 years, faith expands to new cultures

The denomination, eroding in Europe and the United States, is being embraced by thousands in other countries -- and they're shaking up the old rituals.


Martin Luther celebration spirit sweeps Minnesota

Martin Luther is the star of symphony, song and celebration as 500th anniversary draws to a close.


Marriage to a minister is mixed blessing, survey finds

A new survey of pastor spouses, conducted by LifeWay Research, found many feel isolated with few close friends and considerable financial worries.


Minnesota Muslim-Jew alliances multiply in new political climate

Thanks to groundwork laid by religious leaders over the years, and jolted by heightened anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic tensions, Minnesota leaders of the two faiths are forging new alliances and bolstering existing ones.