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Religion News Foundation to explore the changing religious and spiritual landscape

Monday, September 24, 2018  
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COLUMBIA, Mo. — Religion News Foundation (RNF) is pleased to announce a $500,000 collaboration with the Kalamazoo, Mich.-based Fetzer Institute, which underwrites news and resources related to the changing religious and spiritual landscape in the United States and around the world.

The partnership, which runs through June 30, 2020, supports:

  • New RNF ReligionLink source guides and updates to the RNF Religion Stylebook. These tools support the work of Religion News Association (RNA) members – professional journalists covering religion;
  • Scholarships for Millennial Fellows to attend the RNA annual conference and pre-conference programming; and,
  • Independent and professional reporting on the changing religious and spiritual landscape by RNF’s subsidiary, Religion News Service (RNS), including, a dedicated blogger.

“This is an outstanding and timely opportunity to collaborate with the team at Fetzer Institute,” says RNF President and CEO Thomas Gallagher. “We are deeply grateful to the Fetzer Institute to allow RNA and RNF to support and encourage the work of up-and-coming religion journalists and to enable additional reporting by RNS on a critical topic of Millennials and spirituality.”

“This work with RNS offers the opportunity to share some great stories with the public. Part of the story is that the spiritual dimension of life is alive and growing in our culture, with so many interesting new ways that people are finding meaning and connection, building community, and deepening their spiritual lives,” said Gillian Gonda, program director, engagement at the Fetzer Institute.

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The Fetzer Institute is helping to build the spiritual foundation for a loving world by encouraging personal spiritual exploration, supporting inclusive communities and institutions, and exploring the relationship between science and spirituality. Its partnerships support work in a variety of disciplines and issue areas, such as the emerging landscape of spirituality in society.

The Institute was founded by American broadcast pioneer John E. Fetzer (1901–1991), who established the Institute with the belief that efforts to address the world’s critical issues must go beyond political, social and economic, strategies to address the psychological and spiritual roots of these issues. For more information, visit http://fetzer.org/.

Religion News Foundation is a secular educational and charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to support the Religion News Association and located at the Columbia, Mo.-based University of Missouri School of Journalism. RNF advances religious literacy through websites, resources, videos, podcasts, networks, training workshops, events and other programs tailor-made for media professionals, corporate clients and the general public. RNF facilitates and encourages discourse about religion in a neutral and informative way without endorsing or promoting any particular belief system or point of view. RNF is the parent of Religion News Service, LLC, an independent nonprofit journalism organization that covers religion, spirituality, ethics and culture. For more information, visit https://religion.news/.

Religion News Service is an independent, nonprofit news organization that covers spirituality, culture and ethics, reported by a staff of professional journalists. Founded in 1934, RNS seeks to inform readers with objective reporting and insightful commentary and is relied upon by secular and faith-based news organizations in a number of countries. RNS is a subsidiary of the Religion News Foundation and affiliated with the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. For more information, visit religionnews.com.

Religion News Association is the premier journalism association for people who write about religion in the news media. RNA offers training and tools to help journalists cover religion with balance, accuracy and insight. For more information, visit rna.org.


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