Mosque in Toledo, Ohio scorched by arson

TOLEDO, Ohio (RNS) Muslim worshippers are reeling from an arson fire at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, but are grateful for an outpouring of support from the local interfaith community. By David Yonke.

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Members of burned Missouri mosque look to an uncertain future

JOPLIN, Mo. (RNS) A little more than a month after the Islamic Society of Joplin mosque was destroyed by the second fire of 2012, the local Muslim community is moving forward with support from the interfaith community. Progress, however, is going to be slow. By Kellie Kotraba.

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Seven years after Katrina, New Orleans Jews wander no more

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Three days before the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina that flooded their synagogue and two days before Hurricane Isaac hit landfall in Louisiana, the wandering Jews of Congregation Beth Israel are finally home. By Bruce Nolan.

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Report shows 5,000+ multisite churches

(RNS) Multisite churches — congregations meeting at more than one physical location — have grown to more than 5,000 in the last decade, outpacing the advance of megachurches, new research shows. By Adelle M. Banks.

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Mormons and Baptists compete for converts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) Every year, the Southern Baptist Convention and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spend tens of millions of dollars to spread their takes on Christianity. They rely heavily on thousands of faithful volunteers willing to spread out across the country to share their faith. By Bob Smietana.