Ryan Schuessler is a Chicago-based journalist who has filed stories from across the US (Alaska, Missouri, Idaho and Wisconsin) and the world (Poland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montserrat, Peru). He's written for outlets including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian, Al Jazeera and National Geographic News. He writes at the intersection of diasporas, religion, social justice, the environment and identity.
Through war and Islamophobia, a generation thought they might have lost their histories and faith in Eastern Europe. But, unexpectedly, they found it again.
Ottumwa, Iowa’s centenarian B’nai Jacob synagogue held its final service in May — but the congregation’s story lives on in the heart of South America through one of its Torahs, the sacred Jewish text.
As Assumption Abbey’s monks grew old and few, they found few young Americans willing to take up the cloth. So they looked abroad.
Chicago is home to more than 1,000 Rohingya Muslims who have settled there in the last five years. And from over 8,000 miles away from Myanmar, they want their voices to be heard.
Basque sheep herders left their mark in remote forests across the American West across nearly a century. Now their words are being lost to climate change.