Religious Worlds of New York Site Visits

Through my amazing summer program, I got to go on a few great site visits to experience different houses of worship and participate in some beautiful events. The sites may fluctuate a bit year to year (if you are planning on attending in the future) but this is the general idea: Bronx Lourdes Grotto The [...]

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Student Series! Women and Islam

Women all over the world have been insulted, humiliated, and degraded all throughout history. We have overcome countless amounts of hardships over time. Women from all different religions, cultures, and continents have fought and earned their place in the world today. Still, gender inequality still survives within many communities around the world. And gender inequalities [...]

Visiting the Bronx Lourdes Grotto

As a practicing Catholic, I am familiar with the miracle at Lourdes, but I had no idea of this little American-version! Luckily one of our program readings, "Everyday Miracles: The Study of Lived Religion" by Robert Orsi, prepared us for the visit. The garden around the church of St. Lucy is a replica of the countryside [...]

Student Series! Hasidism in Brooklyn

We explored Brooklyn this past weekend and interestingly enough one of my Humanities students did a blog post on the Jewish Hasidic community in Brooklyn. Perfect, huh!? JMF Introduction to Hasidism Hasidism, which is translates to “pious ones,” was a movement that came from Orthodox Judaism and was founded by Rabbi Israel Ben Eliezer. After [...]