Our Vision

The Religion News Service aims to be the largest single source of news about religion, spirituality and ideas. We strive to inform, illuminate and inspire public discourse on matters relating to belief and convictions.


RNS is a non-profit, limited liability corporation owned by the Religion Newswriters Foundation and based at the National Press Building in Washington, D.C., with a business office at the University of Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, Mo. RNS’s mission is to provide in-depth, non-sectarian coverage of religion, spirituality and ideas.

RNS advances its mission through our website and by partnering with regional hubs and a diverse group of subscribers who distribute our work.

RNS strives to meet the highest standards of public service journalism. Through our work, we report, write, compile, record and post news, features, photos and video.

Our goal is to promote civic engagement and discourse on religion. We strive to inform and challenge our readers, out of a conviction that religious literacy is a necessary component of effective citizenship.

RNS does not endorse or promote any particular religion, creed or set of beliefs or non-beliefs. We are a secular organization committed to an ongoing conversation about the role of religion in public life.

Board of Managers

  • Shona Crabtree, president; freelance religion reporter and producer
  • Don Southworth, treasurer; executive director of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association
  • Phil Haslanger, secretary; pastor of Memorial United Church of Christ, Fitchburg, Wisc.
  • Jerry Pattengale, University Professor at Indiana Wesleyan University and executive director of education at Museum of the Bible (DC)
  • Verity Jones, executive vice president at Christian Theological Seminary and director of the New Media Project
  • Debra L. Mason, executive director of Religion Newswriters Association and its Foundation, and professor, Missouri School of Journalism
  • Jeff Diamant, doctoral student at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Advisory Board

  • Linda Woodhead, professor of Sociology of Religion, Lancaster University, U.K.
  • Sara Silvestri, senior lecturer in international politics and religion, City University London
  • Mark Stencel, managing editor, Digital News, NPR
  • Steve Waldman, senior visiting media policy scholar at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
  • Eboo Patel, founder and director of the Interfaith Youth Core
  • Gustav Niebuhr, associate professor in Religion and Media, Syracuse University
  • Fiona Morgan, researcher, DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy, Duke University
  • Michael Cromartie, vice president, Ethics and Public Policy Center
  • Omid Safi, professor of Religious Studies, UNC Chapel Hill
  • Ari L. Goldman, professor of journalism, Columbia University
  • Richard Ostling, retired religion reporter, Time, Associated Press
  • Bob Mong, editor, Dallas Morning News
  • Jonathan Merritt, faith and culture writer
  • Cathleen Falsani, writer, former religion reporter Chicago Sun-Times
  • David Van Biema, author at Simon & Schuster; former head religion writer, Time
  • Suhag Shukla, executive director and legal counsel, Hindu American Foundation
  • Peter Steinfels, professor, Center on Religion and Culture, Fordham University
  • Diana Eck, professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies, Harvard Divinity School
  • Rabbi David Saperstein, director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
  • Samuel G. Freedman, New York Times‘ On Religion columnist, professor of journalism at Columbia University
  • Thomas A. Tweed, professor of the history of Christianity, University of Texas, Austin
  • Charles L. Cohen, director, Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Charles C. Haynes, senior scholar, First Amendment Center; director of Religious Freedom Education Project, Newseum
  • Diane Winston, Knight Chair in Media and Religion, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, University of Southern California
  • Parker J. Palmer, founder and partner, Center for Courage and Renewal; writer
  • Phyllis Tickle, founding editor, Publishers Weekly Religion Department
  • The Rev. Joan Brown Campbell, director of religion, Chautauqua Institution; former general secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA
  • Yehezkel Landau, professor, Interfaith Relations, Hartford Seminary
  • Jay Hein, president, The Sagamore Institute, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Thomas Asher, program director, Social Science Research Council
  • L. Gregory Jones,  senior strategist, Leadership Education, Duke Divinity School;  professor of theology
  • Wes Granberg-Michaelson, general secretary emeritus, Reformed Church in America