Adam Fendos

My name is Adam and I am an International Studies major and 2nd year student at UW-Madison. I was raised ELCA Christian but identify as atheist or agnostic. I was born and raised in Milwaukee and the inequalities I witnessed there pushed me towards a study of political science and economics, particularly of the Marxist tradition. I see the idea of religious tradition as a powerful tool for building unity but find that organized religion can just as easily divide a people. I spent the past summer studying Arabic and its connections to Islam in Fez, Morocco, and the previous winter I helped prepare Religious Education classes for Christian children in El Salvador. As a CRCG fellow I hope to participate in a discussion that can begin to reconcile the divisions I see in my community and abroad.