Dawn Araujo-Hawkins

Religion Journalist

Topeka, Kansas

Dawn Araujo-Hawkins

Lady journo writing religion at the Global Sisters Report | Proud Ball State University alumna | Prolific em dasher Real Housewives GIFer


What It Means to Burn Down a Black Church

Some 60 years ago, the burning of black churches was a common form of racial violence; according to civil rights historian Taylor Branch, at the height of the civil rights movement, a black church was bombed or burned every week. Most historians agree that back then, opponents of black civil rights saw the burning of black churches as a way to reinforce pre-Civil War power structures, some of which had been legally dismantled with the abolition of slavery.
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Grace-Filled Moments

ON A COOL, windy October evening, the family of 23-year-old Dominic Amey Jr. stands outside and waits. They’re waiting for someone to tell them how and why Amey, a father of three, was shot and killed behind the house a week before. So they pray and they wait. But there aren’t any answers—at least none that night.
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Were 33 Christians in North Korea Really Up For Execution?

If you run in certain Facebook circles, you’ve likely already read that North Korean leader Kim Jung-un has called for the execution of 33 North Korean Christians. According to the widely circulated reports, these 33 people were detained after it was discovered they had ties to Kim Jung-wook, a South Korean missionary whose arrest for religious activity last year has made international headlines.
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The Big Chop: A Theology of Natural Hair

On Jan. 13, Tamera Mowry-Housely, co-host of The Real (and formerly one half of ABC’s Sister, Sister and E!’s Tia & Tamera ), took to social media to rave about her new haircut. Posting an Instagram photo with an accompanying tweet reading, “Love my big chop…love my curl doctor @shaiamiel You did it again.”.
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During the Olympics, Russian Christians Work for Reform and Revival

The Sochi Games were mired in controversy before they even began. It wasn’t supposed to be that way. The first Russian Games since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Sochi was supposed to show the world just how far Russia has come in the last 23 years. It was supposed to change the perception of Russia held by those whose international sympathies were forged during the Cold War.
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No Room at the Inn

Cincinnati's faith leaders cross denominational lines to standup to a corporate bully.
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The Battle for the Anna Louise Inn

Anna Louise Inn audio story.
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Christians and Jews unite to protest goods made in West Bank

Christians and Jews protest in an interfaith alliance against SodaStream, a company with a manufacturing plant in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
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Diverse Crowd Gathers at "Standing Together" Event for Israel

The second “Standing Together: An Evening of Christian-Jewish Support for Israel” was a night of community for those across the Midwest and across religious faiths who are passionate in their defense of Israel.
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Dawn Araujo-Hawkins

I am a staff writer for the Global Sisters Report, a special project of the National Catholic Reporter that provides coverage of Catholic sisters and nuns.

I graduated from Ball State University with a degree in magazine journalism and French and then studied urban and intercultural issues at Cincinnati Christian University, earning a Master of Arts in Religion.

I have a tenacious faith in the necessity of print media. I love em dashes and semicolons, but my relationship with the Oxford comma is evolving. My longstanding aversion to the inverted pyramid is well-documented.