Travel Tips: Dressing for Houses of Worship

While most people understand the term "Sunday best" for a typical Protestant service, knowing what to wear for other houses of worship of different religious backgrounds can be daunting, especially for ladies! Luckily, this summer I had the fantastic experience to visit so many different sacred sites and I certainly learned some "do's and dont's" [...]


Religious Worlds of New York Schedule

This past summer I had the incredible and life-changing opportunity to spend 3 weeks in New York City at the Union Theological Seminary with the Interfaith Center of New York as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant (whew that was a mouthful!). The program is running again for 2018 (yay!) and so [...]

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 [...]

Pilgrimage in Art History

Looking back on Art History the aspect of pilgrimage is one that provides a distinctive form and function to religious practices and structures. Here are some of the most notable buildings in the art history curriculum: Chavin de Huantar, Peru Most pilgrimage sites are located at some holy ground and Chavin is no different; it [...]

Student Series! Temple Chasing: A Japanese Buddhist Pilgrimage

This is the map of the Shikoku Buddhist temple pilgrimage. This pilgrimage spreads across the whole island of Shikoku, it is 700 miles and there are 88 temples in the whole trip. You start in Tokushima, travel along the sea to Kochi city, and continue along the border. When you hit the bottom you start [...]

Student Series! Rock Out, but Actually the Opposite: Zen Gardens

Although this was written as part of my Humanities Blog Β Project, it totally correlatesΒ to Ryoan-ji from the AP Art History curriculum! JMF We all share this planet earth, we have to learn to live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature. This is not just a dream, but a necessity. --The Dalai [...]