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Hi! I'm Andre. I'm a senior double major in Political Science and Spanish at Butler and I'll be graduating in 2014.

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Posts Tagged “religion”

Visit to the National Cathedral

While in DC, along with my weekly one day a week class, I also have three weekend seminars on various different topics. This past weekend was the first seminar and it was about how Religion and Politics affect each other in America with a guest professor.

One day we got to walk to the National Cathedral to take a tour and try to figure out the political elements involved. We all visited it on our first weekend here but didn’t get to take a tour so it was much more powerful this time seeing the history behind the building.

The building itself is so beautiful and full of grand architecture and statues. It’s kind of overwhelming at first to be struck by just how beautiful and colossal the building it.

We were also able to visit the Mormon Temple and find out more about the Mormon faith as well. It was a cool experience seeing a faith up close that I did not have a lot of knowledge of beforehand and how they fit within the discourse of politics, especially in relation to the 2012 election.

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Yom Kippur

Last week was the Jewish celebration of Yom Kippur and of course I had to participate. Two of my residents invited me to go with them and I quickly obliged. Jewish people usually fast for the holiday but I wasn’t that committed! Although I did eat two smaller meals instead of nice healthy ones like I usually do.

The synagogue we went too was very close to Butler. We got there very quickly and stayed there for two services. The first was a memorial and reflection service and the second one was one for repentance of sins. It was definitely a new experience hearing people speaking Hebrew. My favorite part was wearing the yamaka. It was a really fun and entertaining experience and hopefully I’ll be able to celebrate more things with them!

The gang celebrating Yom Kippur