David Michael Miller

The renovation of the Catholic Center was conservative Bishop Robert Morlino ’s opportunity to build a big, lasting billboard hovering over the center of the famously liberal UW campus and he took every inch of his opportunity. more

Oct 31, 2017 5:00 AM Citizen Dave 14 Comments


Dylan Brogan

The vandalism was found on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the first of the Jewish High Holy Days. Holiday services are slated for Wednesday evening and Thursday. more

Sep 20, 2017 10:43 AM News 15 Comments


Carolyn Fath

In liberal, secular Madison, two young Evangelical Christian ministers seek to break stereotypes, build new faith communities and soothe the trauma of the Trump era. more

Apr 20, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot


James Heimer

Milwaukee has enlisted volunteer chaplains to try to bridge the gap between police and the community. The program has had remarkable success, helping to quell riots that broke out after a police shooting. Could a similar program work in Madison? more

Nov 10, 2016 5:00 AM News


Erica Krug

New digs created a need for a new meditation room for Kadampa Meditation Center Madison. They celebrate October 14-16 with guest talks from Gen-la Kelsang Jampa. more

Oct 13, 2016 5:00 AM Emphasis


Dylan Brogan

A Dane County Judge says the property once home to St. Raphael Cathedral is not exempt from city property taxes. more

Oct 4, 2016 3:23 PM News 2 Comments

The Jesus Lunch will return outside of Middleton High School this year, after the city’s Common Council failed to impose any restrictions. Many parents say officials are afraid of a lawsuit. And they worry about kids being proselytized. more

Sep 1, 2016 5:00 AM News 3 Comments

My guess is that Mayor Soglin and most Madisonians would not take so much pleasure in Pastafarians’ mocking of religion if they thought it was aimed at the city’s guest this week. After all, Buddhism is an acceptable religion for educated liberals. more

Mar 8, 2016 10:13 AM Citizen Dave 15 Comments

The leading Republican candidate for president can say vile things about women and immigrants. At the same time, too many of us won’t even tolerate hearing from an iconic feminist on the one hand or a conservative preacher on the other. more

Mar 3, 2016 12:00 PM Citizen Dave


Timothy Hughes

​According to recent polls, nonbelievers make up almost a quarter of the population. The Freedom From Religion Foundation wants politicians to keep them in mind. more

Feb 18, 2016 5:00 AM News

Narrow-minded reader finds organized religion narrow-minded. more

Dec 20, 2015 5:00 AM Tell All


Judith Davidoff

St. Raphael’s Cathedral burned down more than 10 years ago, but it is still the spiritual home for longtime parishioner Jean Lochner, who prays at the site twice a day. more

Oct 22, 2015 5:00 AM Snapshot 1 Comments


Judith Davidoff

The Sunday before Labor Day was hot and muggy, drawing large crowds to Brittingham Park. Some were there to kayak but Deborah Devane was there to be saved. more

Sep 19, 2015 12:00 AM Snapshot


Chris Collins

Inspired Heights gives ex-cons and recovering addicts a lift — both figuratively and literally. The Illinois company, which specializes in renovating churches, is restoring the steeples of Madison’s First Congregational United Church of Christ. more

Aug 28, 2015 11:00 PM Snapshot

​Madison Catholics are buoyed by Pope Francis’ directive on environmental stewardship. more

Aug 6, 2015 9:00 AM News


Tony Win

The folks who lead the Freedom From Religion Foundation are used to drawing heat. In a move opposed by liberal and conservative religious leaders alike, the Madison-based group challenged a federal law that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances. U more

Jan 29, 2015 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories

Eldonna Hazen was recently installed as the senior minister at First Congregational Church, one of a growing number of mainstream churches that now welcome gay members, support marriage equality and ordain openly gay clergy. more

Apr 17, 2014 2:00 PM Isthmus Cover Stories


Ben Siegel

Faith in a "higher ground" is at the core of Barber's message to his audience of labor and civil rights advocates and community members. Barber preached that the solution to problems lies in morally grounded cooperation and mutual concern. more

Mar 14, 2014 5:25 PM A & E

The progressive coalition started in 2013 in protest of Republican efforts in the North Carolina statehouse to cut funding for education, Medicaid and unemployment benefits and to restrict access to voting and abortion services. more

Mar 12, 2014 11:17 PM News

"We are in a time when some people are rethinking the whole system of the Christian faith, from soup to nuts," says Brian McLaren, a former evangelical pastor and a prolific and popular author on the topic of Christianity's past, present and future. more

Mar 10, 2014 7:17 PM A & E