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Author Piet Levy

(RNS) Tithing to mainline Protestant churches as a percentage of income is at its lowest level in at least 41 years, according to a new report, and churches are keeping a greater share of those donations for their own needs. Parishioners gave about 2.38 percent of their income to their church, according to “The State […] Read More

(RNS) The American Cancer Society has rejected an atheist group’s bid to field a national team to raise money for cancer research, and organizers suspect it’s because of the volunteers’ godless beliefs. Todd Stiefel, who channels tens of thousands of dollars to atheist causes from his Raleigh, N.C.-based Stiefel Freethought Foundation, had wanted to organize […] Read More

CHICAGO (RNS) Social deals are going spiritual. Inspired by their religious callings—and the $713 million in revenue that social deal pioneer Groupon took in last year—a growing number of entrepreneurs are making a go of the fast-growing social coupon space with sites specifically targeting religious groups. Jewish sites Jewpon, Jdeal and OyWhataDeal paved the way […] Read More

(RNS) The saying goes that when God closes a door, he opens a window. So when the Borders bookstore chain—the nation’s second-largest—finishes closing all of its stores this month, Christian retailers see a window of opportunity in the death of a mega-competitor that once threatened to put them out of business. With 70 percent of […] Read More

(RNS) Interfaith worship services have doubled in the decade since the 9/11 attacks, according to a new study released Wednesday (Sept. 7), even as more than seven in 10 U.S. congregations do not associate with other faiths. The survey by an interfaith group of researchers found that about 14 percent of U.S. congregations surveyed in […] Read More

(RNS) The fierce budget battle in Wisconsin that’s pitting unions against Republican Gov. Scott Walker has also pitted the state’s top Roman Catholic bishops against each other in a series of public exchanges over the church’s historic support for unions. The war of words—however polite—has exposed a longstanding rift between the church’s progressive and conservative […] Read More

(RNS)Christians and atheists are fighting again—this time over who can raise more money for charity. The Christian and atheist communities on the online forum Reddit are in a battle to raise the most money for their causes. In the spirit of Christmas (or in atheists’ case, human generosity), community members are even donating money to […] Read More

Differing faith communities are coming together with more frequency to pray together and serve together than before the Sept. 11 2001 terrorist attacks, a new survey reports. The survey, sponsored by the Cooperative Congregational Studies Partnership, shows that approximately 22 percent of polled congregations reported participating in an interfaith religious service within the last year. […] Read More