Participants in the Kids4Peace summer day camp look at the Torah at Herzu Ner-Tamid Synagogue on Mercer Island. (Photo by Ahlaam Ibraahim)

For middle schoolers, a summer of interfaith dialogue

The Kids4Peace interfaith day camp has local teens exploring each other's religions — and learning more about their own.
Sep 5, 2016
Model Salwa Elrashid models a 'burkini', designed by Lebanese-born Australian Aheda Zanetti at her fashion store in Sydney, August 23, 2016. (Photo by Jason Reed for Reuters.)

France has “misunderstood” burkini, Australian designer says

Designer Aheda Zanetti says the burkini is meant to open choices for women who want to dress modestly or want more coverage from the sun.
Aug 25, 2016
Qanani Kalil speaks about identifying as Muslim American. (Photo by Eman Rahman)

“Muslim American” or Muslim in America?

A writer from India talks to three Muslim Americans, to try to understand how they identify with the term.
Aug 5, 2016
Handan Shami (second from right) thanks Seattle-area Quakers and others at the Islamic Center of Federal Way. (Photo by Alex Garland)

Near end of Ramadan, a Quaker show of support for Seattle-area Muslims

The show of support counteracts intolerance against Muslims, expressed recently in the form of misinformation and threats to mosques.
Jul 2, 2016
Hey, where's his lululemons? An Indian man practices yoga at dawn near Bangalore (Photo by Vinoth Chandar)

Shelly Tochluk balances oneness with identity in “Living in the Tension”

Shelly Tochluk's new book "Living in the Tension" can help yoga practitioners balance universalism with a recognition of diverse identities and experiences.
Jun 24, 2016
Bellevue College (Photo from Flickr by Art Brom)

Hate speech at Bellevue College: Student group demands action

There have been at least five incidents of hate speech at Bellevue College this year threatening LGBTQ and Muslim students. It's time to take action.
May 23, 2016
Student activists observing the first Islamophobia Awareness Day in Seattle last May near Victor Steinbrueck Park. (Photo by Ayan Jama)

Global Islamophobia Awareness Day centers Muslim youth experience

In its second year, Seattle-born Islamophobia Awareness Day goes global, calling for better understanding of the Muslim experience and its youth.
May 12, 2016
A statue of the Buddha from Seattle's Choeizan Enkyoji Nichiren Buddhist temple bearing the Buddhist swastika. (Photo by Tim Gruver)

Should Buddhism reclaim the swastika?

Earlier this year, the Japanese government recommended replacing the swastika on maps because tourists mistook the Buddhist manji for the Nazi symbol.
May 9, 2016
Archdeacon of the Mass team singing the Psalm of the day at the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church's new space in Skyway. (Photo by Goorish Wibneh.)

Converted library is a blessing to Ethiopian faithful in Skyway

The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Seattle Debrekuskuam Saint Mary Wedebre Keranio MedhaneAlem welcomes all Christians to its new location in Skyway.
May 2, 2016
Francis in 2014. (Photo by European Union/European Parliament via Martin Schulz Flickr.)

Should Pope Francis have gone further with “Amoris Laetitia?”

Many American Catholics are disappointed that the Pope's message doesn't change major institutional policies.
Apr 18, 2016
Seattle Sikh Sikhs

#GreaterSeattle: Sikhs seek recognition and respect

Despite it being the fifth largest religion in the world, Aman Kuar Mann says young American Sikhs like her are still fighting for recognition and respect.
Apr 11, 2016
Brown uses the feathers of a bird native to a Huichol land in Mexico to conduct spiritual readings. (Photo by Cristina Acuña)

Washington shaman consult spirits to treat anxiety and depression

I assumed the shamanic healing used to treat my mental illness back in Peru wouldn't be an option here in the Northwest. It turns out I was wrong.
Apr 6, 2016
Illustration by Mohammed Kloub

Yes, there is such a thing as a secular Muslim

Tons of Americans are nominally Christian, but don’t actually practice the religion. So why is it so hard for secular Muslims to pull off the same thing?
Mar 30, 2016
The psychedelic effects of ayahuasca tea actually result from the combination of the ayahuasca vine with other plants that contain DMT. (Photo from Flickr by Jairo Galvis Henao)

Legal Ayahuasca? Pierce County church offers Peruvian psychedelic ceremony

Is it any surprise that the first church in the U.S. to publicly advertise ayahuasca ceremonies is right here in Washington state?
Jan 25, 2016
One of Hamza Warsame's older sisters, Ikram Warsame, at a Dec. 10 rally in front of Seattle Central College. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo)

A true terrorist threat: Hostility towards young Muslim Americans

A young Muslim American breaks down how hostility towards her peers hurts everyone.
Jan 12, 2016
Members of al Shabaab parade at Ala Yaasir camp, outside of Somalia's capital Mogadishu, September 3, 2011. (Photo by Feisal Omar for Reuters.)

Passenger: Muslims protected Christians in Kenya bus attack

Gunmen with al Shabaab reportedly tried to force Muslim passengers to identify Christians in a Kenya bus attack, but the passengers refused to cooperate.
Dec 22, 2015
Welcome to "the grey zone." (Photo by Tariq Yusuf)

What the Paris attacks felt like for American Muslims

When every terror attack is a setback in the struggle for acceptance.
Nov 25, 2015
"Whose side are you on?" A Kurdish female fighter from the People's Protection Units (YPG) near the site of fighting between ISIS and fighters from the Democratic Forces of Syria in south-eastern Syria. (Photo by REUTERS / Rodi Said)

Sectarian Superpowers: At war with ourselves in Syria

Sunni/Shia, Arab/Kurd. How viewing the Middle East through a sectarian lens has driven the U.S. to folly.
Nov 12, 2015
Frank Jones and Eileen Hershberg form a shape of a heart with their hands Sunday near the Amor Spiritual Center on Beacon Hill. They joined city council candidates and others in a love circle in response to hateful graffiti sprayed on the building’s front window area. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Our response to hate crimes defines us as a city

In response to venomous graffiti sprayed on Amor Spiritual Center in Beacon Hill, dozens gathered to demonstrate that love wins over hate.
Oct 31, 2015
Holiday participants paint their faces as skulls. (Photo via Flickr by Rob Sheridan)

How to celebrate Día de los Muertos in Seattle

Your guide to celebrating 2015 Día de los Muertos in Seattle and around the Northwest.
Oct 20, 2015