Specializing in Faith & Religion
Columbus, Ohio, USA

Test Of Faith Media Coverage

08 December 2017 - 

Thank you to the Charleston Gazette-Mail and the Oxford American for their recent coverage of Test Of Faith! Pacific Standard Magazine also featured the book a little while back. I really appreciate writer James McWilliams’ thoughtful, thorough approach. One of my favorite excerpts: “Lauren Pond’s work suggests that the art… Continue reading  

Test Of Faith is Here!

02 December 2017 - 

With the official launch of Test of Faith on Nov. 16, it’s been an exciting and busy few weeks! First, the week of Nov. 13, I traveled to Durham, N.C., where I was honored to speak about the book and exhibit about 30 large prints in the beautiful Rubenstein library… Continue reading  

Opening Reception and Book Signing

17 October 2017 - 

In a little less than a month, on November 16, I will give a talk about my new book, “Test of Faith: Signs, Serpents, Salvation,” accompanied by a book signing and photo exhibit opening at Duke University’s Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. If you can make it to Durham,… Continue reading  

CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography

02 July 2017 - 

I have been meaning to post about the exciting news: Test of Faith, my documentary project about Pentecostal serpent handlers in West Virginia, was recently selected for the Duke Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography. A book of my photographs and a narrative essay about the project… Continue reading  

Rallying for the Muslim Community

09 April 2017 - 

Donald Trump’s first travel ban on citizens from Muslim-majority countries sent shockwaves through the world and the U.S., including in Columbus, where Muslims have long been an integral part of the community. In response to the ban, people from around the city rallied at the John Glenn Columbus International Airport,… Continue reading  

Timket

25 January 2017 - 

Last Friday, I had the privilege of documenting the local Ethiopian Orthodox community’s celebration of the Epiphany, known as Timket, for the American Religious Sounds Project. The celebration began at a banquet hall on the southeast side of Columbus, from which community members transported a replica of the Ark of… Continue reading  

Religious Truckers for AARP

08 January 2017 - 

I encountered a trucker chapel for the first time in 2013 while working on an assignment for graduate school. Nestled behind a TA Travel Center in Lodi, Ohio, the Transport For Christ mobile chapel offered Bible study and worship services for truck drivers. Volunteer chaplains were on duty 24/7. However,… Continue reading  

Reflections at the Year’s End

31 December 2016 - 

It has been upsetting to think about all that has happened in the past year. Like many, I’ve felt myself turning a bit inward to try to avoid the maelstrom around me. I haven’t posted in a while. But as 2016 draws to a close, I realize that it might… Continue reading  

Mobilizing Muslim Voters

07 November 2016 - 

The 2016 presidential election has stirred up and exposed frightening amounts of xenophobia, racism, and bigotry in the United states. Among the groups that have felt particularly targeted are American Muslims. At an event I attended recently, female Muslim activist Linda Sarsour detailed several atrocities that have been inflicted against… Continue reading  

Veterans’ Powwow

23 August 2016 - 

Proportionally, Native Americans are one of the largest minority groups to serve in the armed forces. This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending a powwow that specifically honored Native American veterans. While the event had the hallmarks of other powwows I have attended – dances, music, cultural celebration,… Continue reading  

Recent Work

07 August 2016 - 

It’s been a busy few weeks with the American Religious Sounds Project! Last weekend, I attended a cultural festival at the St. Stevan of Dechani Serbian Orthodox Church, one of several Orthodox churches in Columbus. I first visited the church several months ago for a Lenten fish fry, and have… Continue reading  

Religion at the RNC

31 July 2016 - 

On July 19, two graduate student researchers and I made the drive up to Cleveland to document religion at the Republican National Convention, where thousands of people gathered both to support and protest the nomination of Donald Trump. Although we weren’t sure what to expect, upon our arrival, we noticed… Continue reading  

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