• Current Events,  Mediated Musings,  Religion, Politics, & Media

    Mediated Musings

    Musing as a word has always appealed to me. It’s a moment of reflection or thought. It builds off of the inspiration-giving muses of Greek and Roman mythology that are also connected to early scholarly pursuits. In these two meanings alone “musing” combines history, religion, scholarship, and reflection. It doesn’t hurt that “musing” makes me think of “moo” and then I laugh, because — well, cows. In many ways, musing has come to represent my intellectual life. I’ve used it as a name in multiple blogs since high school and I always come back to this word when I muse on the process of thinking itself. (Yes — that was…

  • Mediated Musings,  Religion, Politics, & Media

    Knowing Religion, Understanding Society

    Ever been in an argument that seemed irreconcilable? Did this argument turn out to be an issue of miscommunication and a misunderstanding of where the other person was coming from? An inability to communicate with someone different from us can often be the result of ignorance. Not knowing anything about your communication partner can lead to some hairy situations. Do you both speak the same language? If not, a lot can be lost in translation. Do you know the customs of their culture? If not, you could unknowingly offend them. It’s important to know something about those with whom we interact and, if we know nothing, to learn.

  • Mediated Musings,  Religion, Politics, & Media

    Religion Photography, An invasive practice?

    *Originally posted on my portfolio site* I encountered a dilemma that has perplexed me for years as a religious studies student during the second week of journalism school – religious tourism. It was obvious that I would cover a Muslim prayer ceremony when we received the assignment to report on a D.C. area event listed in the AP Daybook. After six years of study religion academically, a religious event was exactly the story I wanted.

  • Life & Reflections,  Mediated Musings,  Religion, Politics, & Media

    “To Be or Not To Be”: My Take On the Choice to Be “Spiritual, but not Religious”

    For weeks now, I have been composing a post in response to an article written about the “spiritual, but not religious.” Yet, my multiple starts did not have an ending or it read as a ramble about my beliefs. The article that caused me such writing strife, “My Take: ‘I’m spiritual, but not religious’ is a cop-out,” is by Alan Miller and is posted in the CNN Belief Blog.

  • Life & Reflections,  Religion, Politics, & Media

    Hump Day Reflection

    Every week at my job, we have a staff meeting on Monday mornings. We take turns leading a reflection before we get down to business – one of the perks of working for a people focused organization. This week a co-worker offerred these words from Mother Teresa. I find that they have followed me this week, so I now offer them to you on this hump day.     “People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.…