• A Day of Churches in Thessaloniki, northern Greece

    A Day of Churches in Thessaloniki  This post also appeared in Greek in the ThessPress here: https://www.thesspress.gr/religion/item/173752.html I first came to Thessaloniki while attending a semester abroad in Athens during college. I was studying politics, languages and religion and we came to Thessaloniki as part of the course on the Theology of the Orthodox Church I was taking. I remember walking along the waterfront promenade, up to Aristotle Square, and seeing many churches.  Our professor, a British classicist telling us the history of the Rotunda, which had been badly damaged in an earthquake the year I was born and was still…

  • Catholic Chapel in Playa del Carmen – Mexico

    Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo I was missing the sun as Spring in Berlin was taking her sweet time to arrive. So I began thinking about Mexico, the Caribbean sun and the beaches, and the lovely time I had there…

  • Jehovah’s Witnesses

    For years I was being chased by Jehovah’s Witnesses. One day I finally went to see them. Freely, willingly, on my own terms.  There isn’t a corner of the world which hasn’t been covered by missionaries from this religious group,…

  • Notre Dame Paris

    I was shocked and horrified to see the images of Notre Dame burning yesterday. Some things we assume will always be there, for when we are ready, able, or willing to go and see them. But as the Greek masters…

  • Stami Leben Glauben Evangelical Church Lörrach, Germany

    Stami: Glauben Leben Church in Lörrach, Germany Not all my church visits begin with touristy curiosity. I drove past this building on the way to the grocery store many times (my favorite discount chain Aldi is around the corner), and…

  • Bethlehem – Church of the Nativity

    As it is still technically Epiphany season in some churches, the topic of the Magi and their gift-bearing visit to the baby Jesus in Bethlehem shortly after his birth is still on my mind. I was reminded of my own…

  • Pittsburgh Cathedral of Hope

    East Liberty Presbyterian Church Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Hope looms large over East Liberty and the greater east Pittsburgh area. It dominates the main corner of the increasingly gentrified neighborhood and houses the East Liberty Presbyterian Church. For a while I…

  • St. Joseph’s in Dushanbe, Tajikistan

    St. Joseph’s Church While studying Persian in Central Asia years ago, I found myself missing me some Christ-talk. Jesus is revered in Islam as a prophet, but not the Son of God, so Tajikistan being a Muslim country, I had…

  • First United Methodist Church in Pittsburgh

    I have walked by this place so often, it was time to finally go in and see the grandness from the inside. Also, what is Methodist actually? I couldn’t say I’ve actually consciously ever been to a Methodist service. Oh…