Faith in a City: Exploring Religion in Somerville, MA

The Faith in a City project explores a selection of religious communities in Somerville, MA through music, photography, interviews and history. The project also includes some congregations outside the city where people from Somerville go to worship. Many thanks to support from The Boston Foundation, Mass Humanities, the Somerville Arts Council and the Club Passim Iguana Fund.
The exhibit will be on display at the Somerville Museum from Sunday, November 17, 2019 through Sunday, January 26, 2020.

Upcoming Events

Faith in a City: Showcasing local Religious Music


Sunday, October 6th, 7:30pm | Tufts University Distler Performance Hall | $5 donation; $3 discounted Museum member ticket

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Faith in a City: Opening Reception

Sunday, November 17th, 2pm–4pm | Somerville Museum | $5 admission; Museum members free


Faith in a City: Talking about Religion (Panel Discussion)

Thursday, November 21st, 6:30pm | Somerville Museum | $10 admission; Museum members free

How can we talk about religion with our neighbors, friends or children (and should we do so)? How can we learn more about the religions of people across our community? How can we start a dialogue with someone who holds different beliefs than our own? What if such a conversation doesn’t reveal a sense of commonality, but seems to draw us apart? If you are religious or secular, join us for a thoughtful discussion on Talking about Religion. The panel features educators Dr. Celene Ibrahim and Megan Brady. We thank them for their generosity and participation!

Dr. Celene Ibrahim, Ph.D:  a widely published scholar and Muslim faith leader. She is a faculty member at the Groton School and served as Muslim Chaplain at Tufts University (2014-2019). She is the editor of One Nation Indivisible: Seeking Liberty and Justice from the Pulpit to the Streets (Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2019) and the author of Women of the Qur’an (Oxford University Press, forthcoming in 2020).   

Megan Brady: teaches middle school social studies at Somerville’s John F. Kennedy School. As part of her 7th grade curriculum, she teaches a comparative religion unit on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Megan has taught in Somerville for six years, and previously taught in Springfield, MA and the Bronx, NY.


Faith in a City: Concert at the Armory

Saturday, December 7th, 7:00pm | Center for the Arts at the Armory | $5 donation; $3 discounted Museum member ticket


Faith in a City: Faith and Community (Panel Discussion)

Sunday, January 5th, 3pm | Somerville Museum | $10 admission; Museum members free


Faith in a City: Artist + Curator Talk

Saturday, January 11th, 2pm | Somerville Museum | $10 admission; Museum members free


Faith in a City: Talk + Concert (with Dan Breen)

Thursday, January 16th, 6:30pm | Somerville Museum | $10 admission; Museum members free


Faith in a City: “Fire and Roses” – A talk by Dr. Nancy Lusignan Schultz

Sunday, January 26th, 2pm | Somerville Museum | $10 admission; Museum members free


Curator Bio: Charan Devereaux

Charan Devereaux is interested in the intersection of community, history and art. Her projects explore communities or bring people together to learn about or support each other. She grew up near Cleveland, Ohio and currently lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.  

Charan studied photography at the Massachusetts College of Art, the New England School of Photography, the Griffin Museum of Photography, and Harvard University. Her projects have received support from the Boston Foundation, Mass Humanities, the Somerville Arts Council, the Harvard Business School Business Plan Competition (social enterprise track) and the Passim Iguana Fund and have been recognized by the Points of Light Foundation, the Boston Music Awards, and the AASLH Leadership in History Awards.

Charan has also curated the highly acclaimed exhibit Union Square at Work at the Somerville Museum in 2015.