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Last Update: Monday, Jan. 11, 2011

Note: The Journalist's Toolbox does not promote any religion site over another, but provides any link it deems helpful to the media, regardless of belief.


Recent Additions to This Section
(This section features sites added to the page in the last few weeks.
Each link is cross-referenced on the page in its proper category.)

Christianity Forum - Thoughts.com
Christian forums and group discussions regarding personal perspectives on Christianity. Thoughts.com also offers one of the most lively blogging communities on the web covering just about every topic once could think of.

Islam Forum - Thoughts.com
Muslim discussion on Islam and the religion at the center of controversy. There are lots of interesting posts here, but just as it is with the Christianity forums, it is also a hot bed for debate.

MinistryWatch.com
Evaluates more than 500 religion-based charities.

Spirituality.com
Features quotes and study guides to ?Science and Health? by Mary Baker Eddy, founder of Christian Science.

Religious Tolerance: Native American Religions

Religious Movements: Native American Religions

Paths In Judaism
Origins of Hannukah and other facts about Jewish history. Also offers a Web course on Judaism.


RELIGION AND 9/11

Religionsource
This site allows journalists to find sources for their stories when religion intersects society on their beats. Journalists can log in and easily and quickly search a database for contact info, credentials and publications for about 5,000 religion scholars in more than 1,400 areas of expertise. The site is free and funded by a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

FaithandValues.com: 9/11 Mini-Site
Features what faith groups are doing to mark the events of 9/11. It also includes extensive resources on what faith groups and congregations will do on the first anniversary and resources on what they did after 9/11.

9/11

News Watch: Reporting on Sept. 11
A list of resources from journalism industry organizations that provide tips on covering religion, explain the basics of Arab American culture, and offer a list of diverse sources. The site also provides a directory of some U.S.-based ethnic news media outlets that serve Arab American and Muslim communities.

Frontline: Faces of Islam
The terrorist attacks have revealed some deep divisions between followers of Islam. This Frontline site examines viewpoints of Muslims around the world after 9/11. Includes video, FAQ and more.

Crosswalk.com
A "faith and life" site with many helpful links, inlcuding resources for coping with the terrorist attack.

IslamWorld.net
Detailed explanations of Islam and the Quran.

Al Haramain Foundation

Islam Guide
From the Jeddah Dawah Center.

Council on American-Islamic Relations

The Islamic Society of North America
Develops educational and social services to Muslims and broacts news conferences and original programming over its Web site.

American Muslim Council

The University of Texas Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Links for "those who want to know more about Islam and Muslims in the United States and throughout the world, as well as reactions to Tuesday's events." The links include some to Middle Eastern newspapers.

CNN's Mideast 101
Stories and video backgrounding the Mideast conflict. Great history and quick-reference resource that should come in handy for fact-checking. Includes a timeline, maps, refugee locator, list of key players, etc.

CNN.com: Israeli-Palestine Links
A list of about 20 key Web sites.

Religious Response to Terrorism
This site from the National Council of Churches has background and a statement opposing hatred that people are signing.

CrossCurrents
A global religion site that explores violence and faith. Some background on Islam-Christianity relationship.

Muslims Against Terrorism
Started by a group of young American Muslims

Islamic Law
Information and understanding of the basic tenets of Islamic law. It includes texts of books, articles and congressional testimony.

University of Michigan's Koran Browser

Brown University's Quran Browser
Search a database from the Scholarly Tech Group.

USC's Quran Search
Search in three different translations.

Islamic Supreme Council of America
A portal to historical background and community events.

Council on American-Islamic Relations
Dozens of resources and background, including polls on racial profiling since Sept. 11.

PBS's Islam: Empire of Faith
Features 1,000 years of history.

Council on American Islamic Relations

IslamiCity: Understanding Muslims
Some basic terms that are great for backgrounding.

Islamic Information & News Network
Islam FAQ, background and more.

Submission.org Islam Primer

Testimony Project
An outreach to college students post-terrorist attacks.

Columbia University: Understanding the Koran
A great explanatory site that includes history, interpretations, etc. of the Islamic faith

Koinonia House
Well-known Christian Bible teacher Chuck Misler analyzes the terror attacks from a prophetic viewpoint.

Muslims Online
A community page that offers some background, news updates, mailing lists and listservs.

Islam Online

Muslim Life in America -- DOS
The State Department offers resources explaining Muslim-American life.

American Muslims for Jerselaem

Arab-American Journal
Michigan paper offers many resources.

For dozens of links to background sites about the WTC, Pentagon and the attacks go to the Toolbox's Terrorist Attacks page.


CLERGY ABUSE CONTROVERSY

Poynter.org: Clergy Abuse Coverage -- What's Next?
An open discussion of how to handle the stories.

Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse: Clergy Abuse
A comprehensive set of articles, links, statistics and references.

Poynter.org: Covering Clergy Abuse
A huge collection of resources. Links to stories, organizations and statistics.

Time.com: Catholicism in Crisis

Clergy and Educator Abuse Survivors Empowered (CEASE)

ClergyAbuse.net
Resources, forums, expert sources, etc.

Newsthinking.com: Editor's Journal -- Church Abuse Scandal
A great chronology of how the LA Times reported the scandal.

The Vatican
You must pay for full text of stories.

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Religion Writers.com: Clergy Abuse
Background, resources by region, stories, state laws on clergy abuse, etc.

LinkUp.com: Survivors of Clergy Abuse

Adherents.com: Statistics on Catholics

Community.Catholic: Statistics on Catholics

Catholic Religion Online

Catholic.net

Roman Catholic Religion Online

Time.com Archive: Clergy Abuse 1985-2002
You must pay for full text of stories.

Clergy Abuse: Basic References
Some textbooks, statistics and attributed facts regarding sexual abuse.


RELIGION NEWS

LA Times Religion Section

Ourfaiths.org Religion Communities
Great news updates on several religions.

Sharefaith.com
Religious news resources and some e-commerce.

Religion Journalism on the WWW: Newspapers and Links
Links to dozens of news sites, including newspaper religion sections. One of the best on the Web.

ChristianityToday.com News
Includes 10,000 free articles from the leading publisher of Christian publications.

Credenda Agenda Magazine
Explores all areas from a biblical and Protestant perspective. Comes out bi-monthly.

Beliefnet
News and trends in religion.

FaithandValues

Crosswalk.com
This is a "faith and life" site with many great resources.

Zondervan's Religion News Links
Lists of newspapers, wire services, studies and more. A super resource.

CrossSearch
Major search engine for Christian and religious Web sites.

PBS Frontline: Race and Religion

Bridging the Gap: Religion and the News Media

Freedom Forum: Deities & Deadlines

FACS Journalism, Religion and Public Life Program

Religion News Service
Good for quick-reference, this site posts headlines and short summaries from the services daily news service output, which includes news briefs,features and commentary. The full text of the daily and weekly service is available to subscribers only.

Finding God in Cyberspace
Great name for a guide to "the best Religious Studies resources on the Internet."

Religion & Ethics Newsweekly
The online companion to the PBS series Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, hosted by Bob Abernethy.

Christian Daily News
A Washington-based team of academic and policy consultants.

Religion Today

Worldwide Faith News
A database of full-text official news releases and other documents, including policy statements, from the news offices of national and world faith groups. This collection indexes more than 14,000 documents, including posts in French, Spanish and Dutch.

Readings on Religion as News

Religious News Service

Religion News Today

Golden Compass
Links to religion news around the world.

Village Life Daily News

God.com
Time magazine's guide to religion and spirituality.

ELCA News

Christian Science Monitor

CBN
Home page of the Christian Broadcasting Network.


DENOMINATIONS

United Methodist Church

United Methodist Reporter Interactive
Undergoing some upgrades.

RNS Christian News

Christian Coalition

Crosswalk.com News Channel
Provides up to the minute news and comment with a Christian perspective.

Maranatha Christian Journal News

Faith and Values
Information about Christian and Jewish faiths, including doctrines, text of speeches, video and audio. The site was built by a coalition of 70 Jewish and Christian faith groups.

MultiFaith.net
An introduction to Christianity site.

ReligiousTolerance.org
Useful for backgrounding Christianity.

Greatbooks.org: Religions
A helpful resource in researching books on Christianity.

ChristianCentury.org
A Christian magazine.

Christianity Today

America Magazine
Covers the basics of Christianity.

ChristianityBook.com
A mixture of editorial content and e-commerce, this site offers a Bible and religious song search as well as many other resources.

Christian Religion Online

Gospelcom.net: Internet for Christians

A Guide to Christian Resources on the Internet

Christian Pirate Radio

Catholic Religion Online

Catholic.net

Roman Catholic Religion Online

Catholic Links
A helpful listing of about 30 links.

Vatican Newspaper

Jewish Community Online
Ask a rabbi,torah, jewish news, jewish chats, etc.

Jewish World Review Magazine

Jewish Outreach Institute

Jewish Magazine Resources

The Jerusalem Report

UK Jewish Site

The Jewish Museum

FORWARD
An American Jewish newspaper.

Jewish Women's Archive
Information on the role of Jewish women in American society. Includes images, stories and papers about famous Jewish women, organized by era, profession, location and type of achievement.

Virtual Jerusalem
A good community site.

Jerusalem Post
Jerusalem's English-speaking paper.

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Jewish Geneaology

Shamash: The Jewish Network

The Simon Wiesenthal Center
An international Jewish human rights organization dedicated to "preserving the memory of the Holocaust by fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action."

The Jewish Museum
More than 50 pieces from the renowned collection.

Noble Sanctuary/Temple Mount Guide
This online guide is a tour of what's called the Temple Mount by Jews, the Noble Sanctuary by Muslims.

American Baptist Churches, USA

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Association of Free Lutheran Congregations
Information on missionary trips, building homes, spiritual guidance, etc.

What About Jesus?
Basics of Evangelical Lutheran Synod.

African Methodist Episcopal Church

Mormon: The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints

Mormon.org
Background resources on the church, LDS chapels locator.

Voithia Archive
An archive of stories about the Greek Orthodox Church in America from June of 1997 and October of 1999. The 3,000+ articles published in Voithia date from 1970 and lend perspective on the historic dynamics of the American Greek Orthodox Church.

Presbyterian Church USA

MinistryWatch.com
Evaluates more than 500 religion-based charities.

The Bright Side.org: Wings of Support
This site posts stories about life experiences and coping with difficult situations.

Stormwind.com: Native American Religions

Religious Tolerance: Native American Religions

Religious Movements: Native American Religions

Paths In Judaism
Origins of Hannukah and other facts about Jewish history. Also offers a Web course on Judaism.

CaoDai.org
Cao Dai is a religion that started in Vietnam in the 1920s.

The Secular Web

Unitarian Universalists Association
Includes history and links about the denomination.

Sikh Network

Sikhs Religion

Bahai.org: Baha'i Faith

U.S. Baha'i

Baha'i.com

All About Sikhs

American Museum of Natural History: Meeting God
A virtual tour of Hinduism.

About.com's Alternative Religion Guide
A hosted directory of thousands of religion links.

National Committee for Amish Religious Freedom

Quakers: The Religious Society of Friends

Church of Christ, Scientist

Center of Traditional Taoist Studies

International Shinto Foundation
An introduction to the ancient Japanese religion.

American Atheists


TEXTS, DATA AND RESEARCH

Harvard University: The Pluralism Project
A must-bookmark for anyone reporting on religion or ethics. Run by the Committee on the Study of Religion, this site offers current research, media resources, news stories and much, much more.

Rutgers University's Virtual Religion Index
Links to denominations, philosophy and psychology of religion sites. A must bookmark!

Rutgers University Journal of Law and Religion
Another must bookmark, this site features journal articles, links on the Nuremburg Project, an e-mail news update and a collection of related religion links.

StudyWeb's Religion Dictionaries

The American Religion Data Archive
Includes database of church membership, denomination studies, attitude surveys and polls.

Online Journalism Review: Religious Texts Online

Religion Academic Departments
Good for sourcing for stories.

Ethics and Public Policy Center
A Washington think-tank that puts together seminars and studies.

Poynter.org: Words Sting
Kay James of Lee Enterprises newspapers offers advice on covering grief. A must-read for all journalists!

Harvard's Pluralism Project

Hartford Institute of Religion Research

University of Virginia: Religious Movements
A searchable site bursting with news and resources. The site provides a foundation for understanding how religious groups emerge, grow, stagnate, reinvigorate themselves, and sometimes die.

Reports from Pew Center on Religion and Public Life
A survey of journalists in association with the Columbia Journalism Review.

Detroit Free Press: Covering Religion
Tips on how to cover religion for any beat at the newspaper.

Google's Religion History

The Council of Societies for the Study of Religion
A federation of learned societies in religion and the publisher of Religious Studies Review and the CSSR Bulletin.

American Academy of Religion

World Association for Christian Communications
A media watchdog organization from England that offers an alternative perspective than the mainstream media's view of values and religious issues. Has commentary on the coverage of the 9-11 tragedies.

Material History of American Religion Project

Adherents.com
Lists of the world's largest religions, religions of past presidents, and religion in literature.

Institute on Religion in an Age of Science
A non-denominational, independent society "working for a dynamic and positive relationship between science and religion since 1954."

BIOTN: Best Information on the Net
A search site for controversial issues compiled by Catholic university librarians (death penalty, gun control, human rights, censorship, etc.)

Psychology of Religion

World Journalism Institute

Religion and Philosophy Resources
A good site from the Boston University School of Theology.

Freedom From Religion Foundation
Protecting the constitutional principle of the separation of church and state.

Religion in the News
The Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life's critique of the media's religion coverage. Supported by the Pew Foundation.

123World Religion
An online index/guide in the spirit of About.com.

American Theological Library Association

Religious Education Network

English Literature and Religion
This site features a deep index of religious research.

The Wall
Kimberly Blaker?s nationally syndicated column on church and state.

Academic Info's Religion Page


OTHER HELPFUL RESOURCES

Library of Congress: Religion and the Government
Takes effect October 2002.

Poynter.org: The Bummer Beat/Covering Grief
Site offers guidance, case studies and checklists. Our aim is to provoke thought and discussion and offer help to those journalists whose next story may put them on the doorstep of a grieving parent, at the scene of a horrific accident or amidst the pack behind the yellow crime scene tape.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Faith & Values: Greed Test
See if you are hung up on greed.

Bread.org: Bread for the World
A world hunger site with religious ties.

Frontline: Faces of Islam
The terrorist attacks have revealed some deep divisions between followers of Islam. This Frontline site examines viewpoints of Muslims around the world after 9/11. Includes video, FAQ and more.

Lectiodivina.org
Links to relevant articles on this type of prayer, including those with different views.

WuzUpGod.com

Christianity Today

Christian Book

SNAP: Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

SNAP: Investigating Abuse by Priests
Tips for the media.

American Academy of Religion

ReligionSource
From the American Academy of Religion, this site can put you in touch with religion experts and scholars.

Campus Freethought Alliance: Godless Americans
More than 50 pieces from the renowned collection.

Biblical Characters Specialized Biography Search

Write to Inspire
A religion writing site with a nice resources page.

God, Ethics and Journalism
An excellent essay from Tribune editorial page editor Don Wycliff. The essay discuss how the ranks of specialized religion reporters is shrinking and how nonspecialists must handle stories.

Presidential Prayer Team Media Page
A White House promotional site but it does have some media resources. You must register (it?s free) to log-in to the media page.

TalkIslam.com
A library of sites not affiliated with a Muslim sect or ideology. Links to mosques, news, articles, translation of the Quran.

Gospelmusic.org

National Day of Prayer
Background on the annual May 2 holiday.

AfrikaWorld: Religions

National African Religion Congress

WorldTrade.com: African Religions

Gospel Communications Network

Christian Vegetarian Association
Group lobbies Christians to give up meat for lent.

PrisonFellowship.org
Run by former Watergate convict Charles Colson, this ministry works with churches and community groups to provide fellowship for prisoners and former prisoners.

JournalismNet -- Religion

Google's Religion Directory

Center for Public Justice
A Washington-based team of academic and policy consultants.

Spirituality.com
Features quotes and study guides to ?Science and Health? by Mary Baker Eddy, founder of Christian Science.

Religion Newswriters Association
A good site from the Boston University School of Theology.

Religion Newswriters Association Reference Page

National Religious Broadcasters
A few news resources.

The Fund
A ministry site with job listings, publications, links to schools, etc.

Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

The Media Desk
Gonzo Journalism, Humor, Sports, Politics, and Religion all in one.

Salem Witch Trials Archive
History of the trials, including maps, transcripts, bios of notable people, etc.

MessiahCam
These cameras are fixed on the places Jesus is most expected to show up.

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