Chelsea Hanson

Chelsea Hanson was a student at Connecticut College when she studied religious diversity in Idaho through extensive fieldwork and research. She visited mosquesMasjid (plural masajid) in Arabic means “place of prostration,” or the place where Muslims bow in prayer; in English, this word has become “mosque.” A masjid contains a prayer hall in which there is a mihrab or prayer niche, and a minbar or pulpit..., templesA temple is a house of worship, a sacred space housing the deity or central symbol of the tradition. The Temple in Jerusalem was the holy place of the Jewish people until its destruction by the Romans in 70 CE; now the term “temple” is used by th. Ref..., churchesThe term church has come to wide use to refer to the organized and gathered religious community. In the Christian tradition, church refers to the organic, interdependent “body” of Christ’s followers, the community of Christians. Secondarily, church ..., retreat centers, compounds, and interfaith centers. She first researched the newest religious communities and minority religious in Idaho, including Muslims, Jews, Hindus and SikhsSikhs call their tradition the “Sikh Panth,” meaning the “community (panth) of the disciples of the Guru.” The tradition reveres a lineage of ten Gurus, beginning with Guru Nanak in the 16th century and coming to a clos. with the death of Guru Gob.... Hanson then researched interfaith dialogue and organizations that have developed in the wake of 9/11. Finally, she researched new Christian religious movements in Idaho, including MormonsThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also called the Mormon Church, was launched by Joseph Smith (1805-44) who discovered a new revelation, the Book of Mormon, which became, along with the Bible, the “latter day” scripture of the new commu... and other new Christian groups. Hanson explored religious pluralism in the state of Idaho, and the dynamics in which different religious communities interact with each other. Dr. Patrice Brodeur was the faculty sponsor for this research.

Selected Links and Publications