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