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    Kate Hawley
    Reporter and writer
    Illinois 09.22.010
    Alternative Religion
    by Kate Hawley
    The title "Alternative Religion" begs the question: alternative to what? The so-called mainstream of American religious experience is endlessly diverse, making clean distinctions elusive. I use the word alternative to encompass the new or the merely surprising. I'm particularly interested in how religion finds its way into secular society through an alternative route--via education, social policy, art or media.

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