Finding God among the pots and pans at St. Lydia’s of Brooklyn

During a Catholic mass, the cues for when to stand, sit, kneel, hold hands, raise hands, and speak are all codified. There is comfort in the routine, and as I’ve learned more about the intention behind the ritual, there is meaning in the practice. Still, I am fascinated by the growing popularity of dinner churches… Continue reading Finding God among the pots and pans at St. Lydia’s of Brooklyn

Fasting and Feasting Through Islam’s Most Holy Month

A few years back, I spent a summer interning at a refugee resettlement agency. I expected to learn about our nation’s labyrinthine immigration policies, to manage a small caseload, and to teach English. I did not expect to laugh so hard or eat so well. I laughed with one Iraqi woman, as we parsed the… Continue reading Fasting and Feasting Through Islam’s Most Holy Month