Dear Boston, I owe you so much. I really do. You are the place where my interfaith journey began. At the beginning of my freshman year at Boston University, I never met anyone who wasn’t a Christian of some sort. I was already interested in other faiths, but *knowing* people of other faiths turned an [...]
O Master grant that I may never seek So much to be consoled as to console, To be understood as to understand, To be loved as to love with all my soul. – Prayer of St Francis, Catholic Hymn As someone who is socially progressive, I knew that there would be a lot that any [...]
I can’t stop thinking about Sunando Sen. Two weeks before Mr. Sen was pushed into the elevated tracks at 40th-Lowery St, I stood on that platform, fresh from an evening with a good friend. I love the rhythm and rhyme of that part of Sunnyside. Perhaps Mr. Sen also walked past the Sunnyside mural and [...]
There is a beautiful Irish proverb that states, “It is in the shelter of each other that people live.” Perhaps it takes a superstorm washing away parts of your childhood, a collective of vagabonds and political exiles doing phenomenal relief work, or just a large group hug in the middle of your kitchen to realize [...]
Yesterday, CNN Belief Blog posted an article begging the question, “Is President Obama the Wrong Kind of Christian?” The article thoughtfully outlined the history of progressive Christianity, the social gospel, and the rise of fundamentalism and conservative politics. Being someone who studies American religiosity, I understand the importance that Christianity plays in American politics, but [...]
Nicole Edine is a recent graduate from New York University with a Masters in Religious Studies. Her academic interests include South Asian religions in diaspora, American religion and identity, and sacred spaces and objects.