Thursday, March 10, 2011

Religious Histories

I'm launching a new blog called Religious Histories.

Young Stranger is my personal blog, dedicated to finding my way in the world as a person of faith, who has a testimony of the Restored Gospel, who also happens to be gay and in a committed relationship with a man.

Religious Histories will be a bit more intellectually and academically focused. I plan to use it in conjunction with my teaching of "CH 462: American Religious Histories," offered at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. On the Religious Histories blog, I will reflect on what I have learned, and what I hope we can all learn, through the study of American religious history.

There's some overlap, obviously, between the two blogs. My work and teaching as an historian is shaped by my unique experiences and perspectives as a Latter-day Saint, as a gay man, as a husband and a father and a son living in this time and this place; just as my personal life and my faith are informed by my intellectual pursuits and what I know as an historian.

So if you're interested in history, feel free to come on over and join the conversation over there. I still plan to live mostly here at Young Stranger. But when I'm feeling a little more heady, I may take a stretch over at Religious Histories!

P.S. There's a special prize for the first person who can correctly name all the people whose pictures appear in the masthead of the new blog!


M said...

Does that include naming everyone in the group photo individually?! ;) Even if it doesn't, I'm SO not winning the prize. Dangit.

J G-W said...

Actually, I'll accept a "group" identification! (I.e., you don't have to identify each individual in the group picture, but if you can identify what group they belong to, that's good enough!)

Actually, I'm guessing that almost no one will be capable of naming every person in the masthead, so I'll accept incomplete submissions, and award the prize to whomever can name the most!