Religion in America: Chinese students’ perspectives and experiences

A missing religious identity

For the first 16 years of Jiahe Hui’s life growing up in Beijing, religion never crossed his path until he began his studies in America. Hui is one of over 300,000 Chinese students studying in the U.S., and first felt pressure to put a label on his beliefs after beginning his schooling at a Catholic High School in Philadelphia. “I read the Bible from the first page to the last, and it didn’t make any sense to me,” Hui said. I then went on to read the Quran and I got the same feeling. After that, I just kind of started to become atheist.”

Douglas Sjoquist, a visiting professor in MSU’s Department of Religious Studies, said atheism is the norm in China.

Jewish students juggle academics during the High Holidays

Fall on Michigan State’s campus brings the enthusiasm of a new semester, Spartan football tailgates and, for about 3,500 Jewish undergrads, the celebration of the High Holy Days that overlap academics and social events. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins the “10 days of repentance,” ending with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Both holidays typically fall in the months of September or October. For 2017, Rosh Hashanah began at sundown on Sept. 20 until Sept.

The Satanic Temple an unlikely fighter for free speech, religious freedom

The Satanic Temple and its message of opposition to the merging of church and state appears to be growing, along with its membership. “The Trump-Pence administration looks like it will provide us more and more opportunities to have our voice heard and establish our place in America,” said Shiva Honey, a member of The Satanic Temple and a resident of metro Detroit, in an email. According to Honey, the Temple will continue to advance its message regardless of the administration in office, however, membership has certainly increased since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, but could not quote specific numbers. Contrary to popular belief, the Satanic Temple does not worship the devil, instead describing themselves as a non-theistic religion whose mission is to “facilitate communication and mobilization of politically aware Satanists, secularists, and advocates for individual liberty.”

Members of the Temple are well-known for their intricate presentations and consistent protesting of religious displays on public grounds. This was one of the reasons why Honey was interested in joining.

City Rescue Mission of Lansing provides more than shelter

Located on Cedar St. about two miles south of the capitol sits a rather unassuming brick building, however, on the inside, it is anything but. The City Rescue Mission of Lansing provides more than just food and a roof to sleep under, but hope to people in a difficult situation. Since 1911, City Rescue has a long and storied history serving the capital area as a nonprofit Christian ministry, operating solely on private donations. Laura Grimwood, the director of communications, has seen significant growth since she started working at City Rescue, particularly in the individual counseling and case management offered to guests of the shelter.

DeWitt Community Showcase highlights students, community

 

The seventh annual event showcasing the students of DeWitt Public Schools was April 13 in the DeWitt High School gymnasium. The showcase provided an opportunity for residents and families of DeWitt to gather in one place and learn more about what DeWitt Public Schools and the surrounding community have to offer. Nicci Lenneman, a parent with three children in the district as well as an alumna of DeWitt Public Schools, planned to attend for the fifth time. “This gets families familiar with the high school at an early age. Each school and grade has projects or live performances on display for everyone to enjoy,” said Lenneman.