In Central Ohio, groups of Christian motorcyclists are using their bikes to spread the gospel and encourage the local community – especially fellow bikers – to attend church. Founded in 2010, the non-denominational Rushing Wind Biker Church of Zanesville serves as a hangout and place of worship for members of… Continue reading.
Much of the criticism directed at the Occupy Movement has focused on protesters’ lack of clear objectives. However, for many people of faith in Washington, D.C., these goals are as bright as day: social and economic justice, and equal support for human beings, regardless of circumstance. At the beginning of… Continue reading.
After dissatisfactory experiences with mainstream faiths, many Americans have felt the calling of Odin, Thor, and other Old Norse deities. Rooted in ancient Norse belief and custom, Asatru is now a fast-growing polytheistic faith in the United States. Sometimes tribal and exclusive, it is also a fairly controversial one. Many adherents,… Continue reading.
Tucked away among serpentine roads and precipitous mountain slopes, the old coal mining towns of McDowell County, West Virginia, are places where religious tradition runs deep. But with a soaring unemployment rate, a growing drug crisis, and a high frequency of disease and death, the area and its church congregations… Continue reading.
In the West African nation of Senegal, many underprivileged families send their sons to study the Quran in distant urban schools. These students, known as talibés, are often required to beg on the streets in order to support their religious education and financially strained instructors. Child begging has long been… Continue reading.
Home to thousands of temples and bordered by the sacred Yamuna River, the city of Vrindavan, India, is a cherished location for Hindus and members of the Hare Krishna Movement, many of whom travel there on pilgrimage each year. But in the shadows of its temples and tour buses, Vrindavan’s… Continue reading.
Every March, hundreds of Northwestern University students gather on the college campus in Evanston, Ill., to dance for 30 hours in Dance Marathon, a philanthropic event that has raised more than $8 million for charities since its founding in 1975. After raising funds to participate, dancers groove to music during… Continue reading.