Katherine Burgess has lived in California, Cambodia and Tennessee. She has covered subjects as varied as a United Nations tribunal, church leadership conferences and a maximum security prison. She is currently based in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON (RNS) As 45 states implement new Common Core education standards this fall, some Christians see the heavy hand of government in the state-led goal posts for K-12 students in English and mathematics.
(RNS) As denominational news services contend with fiscal challenges that have beset secular media as well, church press officials worry these outlets have lost their editorial independence and are increasingly performing public relations roles for their denominations.
(RNS) Of the top 25 colleges where men are likely to meet their spouse, all are private Christian institutions, according to an analysis done by Sofus Macskassy and Lada Adamic, researchers on Facebook's data science team. More than 60 percent of the top 25 colleges where women are likely to meet their spouse are also private religious schools.
(RNS) An attorney who is also a registered nurse has been named limited guardian of a 10-year-old Amish girl whose chemotherapy treatments were halted in June. The girl's parents said that the treatments made her ill and that they believed the will of God would prevail.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Chinese authorities first arrested Chen Guangcheng in 2005 after he filed a class-action lawsuit for women who said they had undergone forced abortions and sterilizations as part of China’s one-child policy.
(RNS) The Judicial Council hearings come as at least four United Methodist ministers -- including the former dean of Yale Divinity School -- are facing trial for officiating at same-sex weddings, and more than 1,500 clergy have signed a statement offering to marry gay couples.
(RNS) The report, which found that incidents of hatred against Muslims had decreased slightly, lists 37 individuals and institutions that “were at the center of promoting Islamophobia in America” during 2011-2012.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Organizers of the new Freethought Equality Fund political action committee claim there are more than 24 nontheists in Congress, although only Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., publicly identifies her religion as “none.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) The call for action on immigration reform was issued just days before Sukkot, the Jewish harvest festival that commemorates the 40 years the Israelites wandered in the wilderness after their exodus from Egypt.
(RNS) U.S. Catholic bishops have publicly rebuked conservative critics of Catholic Relief Services, flatly denying charges that the group has wavered in its commitment to church teachings on contraception and abortion.