As 2011 drew to a close, a number of articles surfaced about Black atheists in the US – being Black and a scholar of religion, they caught my interest. Though the amount of recent attention belies the small numbers and this article on Essence magazine’s website suggests that Black atheism may be “on the rise,” [...]
Two weeks ago, religious leaders from a variety of the world’s faiths met with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican to publicly and collectively denounce the spread of religious fanaticism that has, unfortunately, continued to plague many countries – including this one. Although the emphasis was, for good reason, squarely on the prevention of physical [...]
Upon logging onto facebook the other day, I was glad to see that a friend had posted a link to this article on increasing African American involvement with African religions on my page. I knew that the article was forthcoming as my master-teacher, Awo Ifakunle, was one of the Ifá-Òrìsà practitioners interviewed, and I was [...]
Funlayo is an initiated Orisa priestess dedicated to contributing her voice as a scholar-practitioner of her tradtion. A writer, public speaker, avid traveler and lover of life, she is currenlty pursuing a PhD in African Studies and Religion at Harvard University where she is a Junior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions. Visit her at www.AseIre.com.