A STORYCORPS STUDIOS SPECIAL COLLECTION

Since 2013 Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs has partnered with StoryCorps Studios on The American Pilgrimage Project. The project invites Americans of diverse backgrounds to sit together and talk to each other one-on-one about the role their religious beliefs have played at crucial moments in their lives. Together over the past decade, we have recorded over 250 stories from communities across the county. Log into the archive to see the full range of stories on this page.

To learn more, contact Paul Elie at [email protected]

All American Pilgrimage Project Interviews

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Noreen (Patience) DeWeese and Keturah DeWeese

Keturah DeWeese (18) speaks with her mom Patience DeWeese (47) about her growing up in a family of Jehovah's Witnesses, her difficult decision to leave the church and how she sought a sense of place and community in Charleston, WV....

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Zachary Markwith and Maha Elgenaidi

Colleagues Zachary Markwith (43) and Maha Elgenaidi [no age given] discuss their conversion to Islam, their experiences following 9/11, and the interconnectedness of different religious communities.

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Ameeran Ali, Attrice Stamps, and Wanda Ellington

Friends Ameeran Ali [age unknown], Attrice Stamps [age unknown], and Wanda Ellington [age unknown] discuss religious faith, their church community, and life with a large, mixed family.

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Aaron Newell and Amberly Newell

Aaron Newell (42) talks with his daughter, Amberly Newell (13), about the way his faith influences his decisions, his experience adopting Amberly, and their work in the community.

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Farah Mahesri and Sabiha Basrai

Childhood friends Farah Mahesri (40) and Sabiha Basrai (40) recollect their upbringing through to their adult lives. They discuss their Muslim identities, their activism, and how those two things interconnect.

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Rosalie Dance and Marilyn Clark

Rosalie Dance (73) speaks to her friend, Marilyn Clark (70), about growing up in the small town of Jersey Mills, PA. As a college student, Rosalie became involved in a Quaker group. She later became a professor of mathematics, which...

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Halicue Hanna and Jeb Backe

Halicue Hanna (50) talks to StoryCorps facilitator Jeb Backe (26) about her spiritual path to Hoodoo. She reflects on her family roots in Mississippi, her connections to her ancestors, and her experience practicing Afro-Cuban dance.

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Ashe Frances-Martinez and Paul Schutz

Ashe Frances-Martinez (23) talks to Paul Schutz (42) about her relationship to God and how her identities as a Catholic and a trans woman affirm one another.

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Evan Bednarz and William Kershner

Evan Bednarz (30) talks with his colleague William Kershnar (24) about the role religion and faith play in the social justice movement. They talk about the work they do in the Catholic Worker House in Houston, the complexity of the...

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Alison Benders and Margaret [No Name Given]

Friends and colleagues Alison Benders (65) and Margaret [No Name Given] (65) talk about their Catholic upbringings and their experiences with religion in adulthood. They reflect on what pilgrimage, faith, and community have meant to them.

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Robert Shaw and Katherine Hutson

Rob Shaw (65) is interviewed by his wife Katherine Hutson (60) about how he came to the Baha'i faith, his decade living in Latin America and his world view. They also discuss how they met and how Katherine's Lakota spirituality...

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Haley Lepp and Travis Richardson

Friends Haley Lepp (24) and Travis Richardson (24) talk about their respective journeys discovering their faiths and philosophies. Travis also speaks to the struggle of reconciling his identity as a gay man and a Catholic in a conservative environment.

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Jerilyn DeCoteau and Rick Williams

Colleagues and friends, Jerilyn DeCoteau (74) and Rick Williams [no age given], discuss the term "indigenous" and its implications regarding identity and tribal sovereignty. Both also speak about the benefits and services meant for individuals who are members of sovereign...

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Daniel d’Abreu Noronha and Alejandro Eros

Friends Daniel d'Abreu Noronha (19) and Alejandro "Sasha" Eros (21) talk about their upbringings, their experiences as young practicing Catholics, and their spiritual lives. They reflect on their lives as students at Santa Clara University and on how their Catholicism...

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José Rangel, Angel Martínez, and Roberto Narvaez

José Manuel Rangel (65) y sus amigos, Angel Martínez (48) y Roberto Narváez (58), discuten las dificultades que han enfrentado al emigrar a los Estados Unidos y cómo la religión católica y Dios los han ayudado y continuarán ayudándolos con...

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Bryson White and Taylor Dalton

Friends and colleagues Bryson White (40) and Taylor Dalton (37) discuss how their racial identity has influenced their understanding of their Christian faith throughout their lives.