In Iranian film ‘A Separation’ the personal is political
by Alex Stonehill
Iranian film A Separation, now playing in Seattle at the Egyptian, has been met with almost freakish levels of acclaim: Its scored 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, has been almost universally praised by critics, and is up for two Oscars. If you’re groaning a little inside imagining a foreign film that everybody loved because they felt like they […]
Feb 7, 2012
It’s Good Friday and a man in the Philippines is being crucified
by Biel Calderon
Fernando Mamangun gets his hands and feet nailed on a cross every Good Friday. It’s a ritual of sacrifice and penitence that is equally controversial as it is awe-inspiring.
Mar 29, 2013
For the bucket list: Guatemala’s Peeps-free Easter fest you can’t miss
by Devin McDonald
A day after Holy Week, Semana Santa, here in Antigua, Guatemala and there’s not a Easter egg shell or Peeps wrapper in sight.
Apr 1, 2013
Language, culture divide brings challenges to Yakima church
by Venice Buhain
St. Joseph Parish in Yakima is one church, split by two cultures. As in many other facets of life in Yakima, the Catholic congregation is split between Spanish-speakers and English-speakers — with very little crossover, reports Northwest Public Radio of Spokane, with little crossover between the two groups. Reporter Rowan Moore Gerety reports, “There are duplicate ministries […]
Jan 12, 2015
A taste of Ramadan: the experience of fasting as a non-Muslim
by Kseniya Sovenko
A journalist experiences fasting during Ramadan for the first time, and breaks the fast with other people at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound.
Jul 15, 2015
How local Muslims are coping with the tragic Hajj stampede
by Tariq Yusuf
Mourning and outrage as a Seattle Muslim who made the Hajj last year tries to process the stampede that killed over 750 worshipers last week.
Sep 29, 2015
Sectarian Superpowers: At war with ourselves in Syria
by Patrick Hilsman
Sunni/Shia, Arab/Kurd. How viewing the Middle East through a sectarian lens has driven the U.S. to folly.
Nov 12, 2015
Our response to hate crimes defines us as a city
by Sarah Stuteville
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
“Reform” of Islam is not the only answer to extremism
by Ibtihal Mahmood
The "reform" of Islam isn't the only solution for terrorism, when political factors stifle dissent, says Ibtihal Mahmood.
Dec 17, 2015
Seattle council supports Muslims with official resolution
by Venice Buhain
Council president Tim Burgess said the resolution was a necessary response to rhetoric vilifying Muslims rising nationwide.
Dec 15, 2015
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
Should Buddhism reclaim the swastika?
by Tim Gruver
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
Converted library is a blessing to Ethiopian faithful in Skyway
by Goorish Wibneh
The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church Seattle Debrekuskuam Saint Mary Wedebre Keranio MedhaneAlem welcomes all Christians to its new location in Skyway.
May 2, 2016
SeaTac Muslims, interfaith leaders criticize idea of ‘tactical map’
by Venice Buhain
Residents, interfaith leaders spoke out after an investigation uncovered an attempt at religious profiling of Muslims in the city of SeaTac.
Jun 7, 2016
“Muslim American” or Muslim in America?
by Eman Rahman
A writer from India talks to three Muslim Americans, to try to understand how they identify with the term.
Aug 5, 2016
Amazon security workers allege retaliation after prayer space request
by John Stang
Two workers say that Security Industry Specialists, the company that handles Amazon’s security, unfairly treated them after they asked for space to pray.
Feb 21, 2017
Muslim women have plenty to say, no permission required
by Aliah Elaoud
Young women who wear the hijab speak out against stereotypes.
May 25, 2017
Searching for a greater interfaith understanding
by Shoba Sriaiyer
How much misinformation do we carry about communities we don’t interact with? A writer reflects on her own missed opportunities — and how to do better.
Jun 6, 2017
Mount Zion Baptist Church seeks landmark status
by Amy Wong
More than 125 years ago, Mount Zion Baptist Church's founders established a place in Seattle where people of color could worship.
Aug 23, 2017