Religion

Being Muslim doesn’t have to mean less authenticity as an American teen

What does it mean to grow up with two cultures, two religions and two separate worlds?

The religion issue: Teens talk about generational differences, societal pressures

If you can think of religion as one giant buffet table, chances are the abundant choices might swallow you up before taking a first bite.

Surrendering to spiritual unknowns defines Balinese Hindu belief

Growing up in Indonesia, I’ve always heard stories about how there is another world that lives beside us. Another world that we can’t grasp literally. But it’s there.

Losing faith: Twists and turns of spirituality lead to plenty of questions

Being Catholic has meant different things to Katia Kozachok at various points of adolescence. Her conclusion: She isn’t sure what to call herself, but she’s ready to keep exploring.

Finding faith: Exploring religion as a teen means falling into the unknown

One teen writer begins to contemplate her lack of religious upbringing — and what it will mean for her future if she embraces a part of society she’s never felt comfortable around.

Atheist profile: Alex Wick

Just because Alex Wick was born into a household with atheist parents didn’t mean he had to become one.

Unitarian profile: Laura Christenson

With an atheist father, Buddhist stepmom, Unitarian mom and Christian grandparents, Laura Christenson could have picked from an assortment of religions. She decided to become a devout Unitarian.

Buddhist profile: Seamus Flynn

Seamus Flynn is comforted by the reminder that he exists. As the world moves so quickly around him, Flynn notices how easy it is to lose sight of a concept most take for granted

Muslim profile: Ra'wi Mahamud

Ra’wi Mahamud has all the phone apps that you would expect of a 17-year-old Washburn High School junior — Twitter, Instagram, 2048, Snapchat.

Protestant profile: James Sorenson

While most students at Washburn High School dances are searching the floor for their next partner, James Sorenson is thinking about God.

Judaism profile: Phoebe Ellis

The stereotypes, the jokes, the misconceptions. Phoebe Ellis has heard it all.

Hinduism profile: Apekshya Panda

Apekshya Panda is at home inside Maple Grove’s Hindu Temple of Minnesota, a hidden gem nestled between rolling farmlands.

The life of a preacher’s daughter isn’t what you see in pop culture

Historically, preachers’ daughters are expected to be virtuous. They should dress conservatively. Spend more time at church than at parties. They’re “daddy’s little girls.”

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Interfaith discussion opens up a bigger world to teens

Sundays at the Interfaith Youth Leadership Coalition are meant to stimulate honest conversation. Questions are strongly encouraged.

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Following religious rules can be a matter of personal preference

When it comes to religious rules, does practice make … perfect?

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Test of faith: Shift in beliefs led to affirmative yes vote for marriage amendment

As the same-sex marriage celebrations continue, one St. Thomas student reflects on her own beliefs—and how dedicating herself to religion may have changed her vote, but (hopefully) not her friendships.

Faith in a box: Conflicted feelings confirm a new approach to religious identity

At the moment she should have been forging an important bond with Catholicism, a once-proud “Jesus Freak” began examining her faith.

Ibad Jafri

Honoring tradition with strong faith and an empty stomach

For many Americans, the Islamic month of Ramadan is a foreign concept, something brought up in passing by those who find themselves interested in foreign affairs.

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No Hassles Food Shelf

Feeding Teens

In August, Brooklyn Mosaic United Methodist Church opened a food shelf just for homeless teenagers after area schools reported a large increase in homeless students.

What religion do you identify with the most?

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