• Hallgrímskirkja front view

    Reykjavik in January – Yes, Still Awesome!

    Reykjavik in January?  Yes, Still Awesome! Visiting churches in Reykjavik: Hallgrímskirkja and the Cathedral You might not think of visiting this very nordic northern island in January, but it is actually pretty cool. Not just temperature-wise, but the landscape takes on…

  • Hitchhiking to Prislop Monastery, Romania

    Hitchhiking to Mountaintop Monastery in Transylvania Why go all the way to a remote monastery in the Carpathian mountains of central Romania?  To visit a grave, of course. A man whose life greatly influenced mine – a man who taught…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…