Bad Religion is a series that showcases some of the unorthodox ways in which Americans practice their faith – from a gospel choir with an unusual membership requirement, to our national parks as sites of spiritualism, to the television sitcom as a source of religious renewal. The Lab at Belmar, in partnership with the Colorado Center for the Public Humanities, seeks out the unexpected and often surprising examples of religious expression in our culture.
BAD RELIGION 2008:
THE TRANSCENDENCE GOSPEL CHOIR
The world's first transgendered gospel choir comes to The Lab from San Francisco. See The Believers, an award-winning documentary about the group, hear the choir perform, meet the members and learn how gospel music has changed their lives.
NATIVE AMERICANS AND THE NATIONAL PARKS
America's national parks are home to sacred land that plays an important role in Native American spiritualism. Llyod Burton, author of Worship and Wilderness, will lead a discussion of how culture, spirituality and law intersect to affect the management of public lands in the United States.
JEWISH COMEDIANS, JEWISH RENEWAL
Is America too Jewish? Or are Jews an endangered species? Daniel Itzkovitz, associate professor of English and Jewish Studies at Stonehill College in Boston explores how popular Jewish comedians like Larry David, Sarah Silverman and Adam Sandler are raising new questions of Jewish identity in American culture.
Bad Religion is directed by Philip Joseph, associate professor of English at The University of Colorado Denver, and is produced through a partnership with the Colorado Center for Public Humanities.