By Julia Clements Voodoo dolls. Zombies. Rituals. Sacrifice. Spirits. These are all word associations with a typical American’s perception of the syncretic religion Vodou. The term “voodoo” has been exploited for spooky storylines in movies, television shows, books and comics. There are even extremely misguided “voodoo” themed music festivals, restaurants and attractions. But many don’t…… Continue reading Who Do Vodou?: The Myths and Misconceptions of the Vodou Religion
The United Methodist Church aims to correlate religious history with historical facts of oppressive events. By Steve Kelsey Historic St. George’s church in Philadelphia prides itself on being the oldest acting United Methodist church in the United States. The church has found a way to mix its religious history into the history of Philadelphia…… Continue reading Historic St. George’s Opens Doors to Teach about Troubling Time
The Reporting Religion students took the streets of Philadelphia in the spring of 2017 to capture some images of religious and spiritual life in the City of Brotherly Love.
On Thursday March 2, 2017 the Stand Against Hate rally, organized by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, took place in Center City Philadelphia in response to the desecration at the Mt. Carmel Cemetery and the general uptick in hate crimes in recent months. The rally was held on Independence Mall, with a small stage…… Continue reading Standing Against Hate…In Philadelphia
In the wake of perhaps the most controversial presidential election in history, a sharp rise in violence towards minorities is becoming more and more visible. Within a span of three days, two Jewish cemeteries were vandalized; the perpetrators of these crimes are unknown. Though the motives of the vandals isn’t known, the recent bomb threats…… Continue reading Unlikely Allies Unite Against Hate
In 2015, the BBC published a series of programs about world religions, including a series called “My Life, My Religion: Islam.” The program followed the life of two young Muslim children, including a young girl named Sara. Throughout the course of the program, Sara makes the decision to fully commit to her faith and wear…… Continue reading Model Muslim
It’s time for the World Baseball Classic (WBC). This month the international baseball competition takes place and a lot of eyes are on Team Israel. Team Israel is a baseball team that is identified by its’ Jewishness, both by fans and by the players on the team. An article in the Jerusalem Post explains how players…… Continue reading Americans Play Ball for Team Israel
On February 16, 2017, Jo Confino of The Huffington Post discussed how Zen Buddhism can be a valuable coping mechanism to manage Donald Trump’s presidency. Confino’s piece was inspired as part of HuffPost’s #LoveTakesAction series, which highlights those fighting against hatred and supporting the vulnerable. Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is known around the world…… Continue reading The Zen Master’s Way to Deal with Trump
This New York Times article is about a recently published poll by the Pew Research Center about people’s feelings toward specific religious groups based on a thermometer scale to measure warmth toward specific groups. Muslim and atheists still ranked at the bottom of the poll, but have gotten warmer ratings than they did in 2014 —…… Continue reading Despite the Increase in Hate Crimes, Americans are Feeling Warmer About Religious Groups
The CBC reported that a Canadian woman drove eight hours to the U.S. border to see her parents and brother in Chicago. She had crossed the border many times before with her Canadian passport without a problem. This time around, she was fingerprinted, photographed, questioned about her religion, terrorist attacks and views on Trump. But why…… Continue reading Canadian Woman Denied Entry into the United States
The Federation of International Basketball Association (FIBA) made it a rule two decades ago that religious headgear cannot be worn during a game. Recently, however, there has been concern that it is a discriminatory rule despite FIBA’s reasoning behind it being for safety issues. That reasoning has been refuted by star athletes like Breanna Stewart…… Continue reading Religious Headgear Gets Another Play in Professional Basketball
This article is about the formation of the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council by the American Jewish Committee. This council, which was formed in the fall of 2016, includes clergy, business executives, and major thought leaders from the Muslim and Jewish communities in America. As the two most persecuted religious groups in our country, the formation of…… Continue reading Influential Muslim and Jewish Leaders form Alliance
Today’s Metro newspaper actually has a positive story about Muslims in America, more specifically in the City of Brotherly Love. The first ever mosque built from scratch in Philadelphia is nearing completion. Situated off North Broad street, the mosque is a project of the Philadelphia chapter of the Ahmadiyya society, a sect of Islam with roots…… Continue reading A Mosque Grows in North Philly
In the Huffington Post article, There Are Still No Open Atheists in Congress, the newly sworn in Congress and their beliefs, or lack thereof, are examined. It turns out, despite the fact that 3.1 percent of Americans identify as Atheist, according to the Pew Research Center, there are still no openly atheist officials in Congress.…… Continue reading Where Have All the Atheists Gone?
TobyMac’s new video breaks through…the mainstream.