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Caring for the future: Contemporary Pagans & engagement with environmentalismin Portugal and the United Kingdom

Date:10 April 2024
Author:Joana Martins

We are currently experiencing a period in our collective history marked by social, environmental, political, and health crises, characterized by high levels of uncertainty and anxiety. These affect the living conditions of people and their livelihoods, and...

Deforestation in Nigeria (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license, fachab).

Religious Ecology and Tree Discourse in Nigerian Pentecostalism

Date:28 March 2024
Author:Francis Adebayo

Tree discourse captures how humans name, characterise and relate to trees. In Africa, tree discourse is laden with religious and sacred meanings coterminous with a worldview that spirits inhabit spaces such as trees, stones, and water to mention a few....

Kaya Kinondo, Sacred Forest, Kenya

Harnessing Local Traditional Beliefs in Environmental Advocacy and Peacebuilding: FORB Interventions in Indonesia and Kenya

Date:07 March 2024
Author:Fathima Azmiya Badurdeen

Freedom of Religion or Belief (FORB) interventions are geared to strengthen locally acknowledged traditional beliefs in environmental conservation and the development of holistic peacebuilding where knowledge and practice are co-created with indigenous...

Carnaval, Maastricht, 2024.

Once upon a time, there was a princess and a priest...

Date:12 February 2024
Author:Kim Knibbe

Last Sunday, I went into the centre of the town of Maastricht with my family to celebrate Carnaval and watch the ‘Bonte Storm’ (the colourful storm, as big parade on Sunday is called). We walked slowly, often stopping to admire a group with particularly...

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The space for bias in the assessment of converted and apostate asylum seekers

Date:22 January 2024
Author:Hannelore Schouwstra

Fearing persecution because of belief 
Migration policy has long worked as the non-psychical border of a state, through which one is allowed access into a process of exclusion or inclusion (Fossum & Olsen, 2021). An asylum seeker has to receive the status...

Interfaith procession against terrorism in Lugano, Switzerland, 2015.

Grammar as a Tool for Overcoming Inter-Religious Misunderstanding: A Philosophical Approach

Date:18 December 2023
Author:Javad Taheri

In the richly diverse context of multicultural societies, inter-religious understanding stands as a crucial pillar for societal harmony. Within this context, one might ask: What key factors contribute to the problems associated with inter-religious...

Sacred Forest - Orthodox Church, Tigray, Ethiopia

From Ethiopia’s Highlands to India’s Villages, How Faith Organizations Are Restoring the World’s Forests

Date:19 November 2023
Author:Elisabet Aylwin, Peter Veit, Alberto Pallecchi and Carrick Reddin

Forests once covered an estimated 40% of Ethiopia’s landscape. Today, only 2% of the country’s original forests remain intact, dotting the country with small pockets of green.

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Playing with Religion: How videogames became the world’s biggest dealer in religion

Date:30 October 2023
Author:Lars de Wildt

Young people in the West are more likely to encounter religion in a videogame, than in a church, mosque or in a synagogue. This is especially startling when we realize that the demographics for non-religion are very similar to the demographics for people...

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Is religion becoming cool again thanks to technology?

Date:25 September 2023
Author:Zuzana Ä˝udviková

 One late afternoon, two girls around my age stopped me on the street. They asked if I believed in God and if they could tell me a short reading from the Bible. The next second, I was instructed to look into a mobile screen as one of the girls started...

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The Age of Islamophobia

Date:09 August 2023
Author:Aukje Hopmans

The Netherlands often self-identifies as a tolerant country, being the first to allow homosexuals to get married. However, since 9/11, intolerance and discriminatory behavior towards Muslims, also called Islamophobia, has become more prominent in the West...