Who Do Vodou?: The Myths and Misconceptions of the Vodou Religion

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

Historic St. George’s Opens Doors to Teach about Troubling Time

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 Zen Master’s Way to Deal with Trump

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

Despite the Increase in Hate Crimes, Americans are Feeling Warmer About Religious Groups

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

Canadian Woman Denied Entry into the United States

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

Religious Headgear Gets Another Play in Professional Basketball

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

Influential Muslim and Jewish Leaders form Alliance

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