Getting Religion


Each of you has a different level of religiosity.  The objective of this assignment is not sway you in any one direction but to experience and learn about a religion you have not had contact with before. 


Here are the steps you will need to follow:


1.  Decide where you want to visit.  You must pick a religion you have had little to no experience with.  It can be within the context of a larger religion; if you are Catholic you may visit a Baptist or Protestant church.  You may also go beyond Christianity by visiting a mosque, synagogue, temple, etc.  You may even look beyond traditional religion to cults.  Please check with me if you plan on doing a cult so I can ok it.


2.  You must attend a service. 


3.  During your visit you need to do the following:

            a.  write down where you go, the time, the day, length of time spend,

     approximate number of people at the service, and any other important


b.  describe the building setting, inside and outside

c.  give a detailed description of the service

d.  describe what people are wearing (people attending and people working)

e.  describe how you feel before you go, during the service and finally after you have gone

f.  any other things you feel are important to understanding the experience

g.  If you feel comfortable taking pictures of where you go as well.  Please ask before you take pictures inside any location or of people.


4.  The final step is to write a paper based on your observations and information you gathered from #3.  There is not a specific page length but you must cover all the details of a to f (and g if you have photographs).  You will also need to turn in any notes that you took during your observation.


One final very important point:

It is absolutely essential that you are respectful of the place and people you interact with at all times during this project.  You are now acting as an anthropologist doing fieldwork.