Sunday School

Playlist: Music to go with Death to the Baobobs!

Each Friday, the folks at Preachy will offer you something of a reflection for your weekend. Since we missed this past Friday, we’re offering this playlist today. It’s from Salawu Olajide, our colleague at Olongo Africa, who is also the author of Death to the Baobobs! We hope you enjoy it.

Testimony: My Connection

When I was 10 years old, our next-door neighbor’s 21-year-old daughter held a traditional white wedding. The celebrations went on for a full week.. The wedding cards were handed out like candy. At the bottom of those white square cards, in black font, was text reading NO CHILDREN ALLOWED. I remember being distraught. I sulked […]

Struggling With Disordered Eating During Ramadan

Alaina grew up with fond memories of Ramadan. She loved the satisfaction of having her favorite foods after a long day of fasting. But along with the samosas and jalebis she so enjoyed, the iftar table was accompanied by another constant: a conversation about how fattening these same foods were and how much weight everyone […]

Testimony: From Hindu as religion to cultural identity

I am an Indo-Trinidadian woman who settled on Turtle Island in 1999 — more specifically, in Brampton, Ontario, in Canada. Despite an early unwavering religious conviction, my relationship with Hinduism, the religion of my childhood, remains complicated.  Way back when I first left Trinidad, it felt as if I had to hold on to those […]

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The Idiot’s Guide to Religious Reconciliation

In falling in love with my girlfriend’s religion, I was able to make peace with my own. The Cobble Hill branch of the Brooklyn library is so small that I feel an automatic (though of course, false) sense of intimacy with all of its visitors every time I step inside. On my last visit — […]

A Dialogue Between An Ancestor and Me

Background: I grew up in the evangelical church, extremely leery of anything that smacked of new age religion or paganism. I’m half-Chinese and half-white, but I have never communed directly with my ancestors. I was inspired by Tada Hozumi’s idea of your ancestors showing up to fuck up your life—this idea that they are still […]

Peace Music

Welcome to Preachy’s Sunday School. Most of the time, you’ll find testimony about religious experience in this space. But we’re kicking things off with a playlist. Here goes: