Sophia Lee

Sophia is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine. She is a World Journalism Institute and University of Southern California graduate. Sophia resides in Los Angeles, Calif., with her husband. Follow her on Twitter @SophiaLeeHyun.

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Speaking as a friend

Evangelism | Learning to talk to non-Christians with sensitivity and humility
by Sophia Lee
Posted 5/28/19, 02:34 pm

A while ago, I was having dinner at a Japanese izakaya with one of my best friends when we began talking about Islam. 

A little context: At the time, I was pretty obsessed about Islam. After reporting on Islamism in Southeast Asia and reading former Muslim Nabeel Qureshi’s books, I concluded that Islam is a dangerous religion, one that’s fundamentally violent in its goal to function as a political system. Meanwhile, my friend—let’s call her Jane—is a liberal freethinker who looks out for oppressed minorities, and to her, Muslims belonged to that group. 

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Heart to heart with Laci Green

Lifestyle | My coffee meeting with the millennial YouTube star, sex ed celebrity, and social justice warrior
by Sophia Lee
Posted 5/21/19, 04:37 pm

An agnostic, liberal YouTube celebrity and a conservative evangelical journalist walked into a Mexican coffee shop in Los Angeles and did the seemingly impossible: They sat down and had a two-hour, civilized discussion about religion, politics, and sex.

I (the journalist) had asked Laci Green (the YouTuber) out for an interview, but I warned her that my publication is Christian. The meeting would be more like a casual conversation, I told her—one that I hoped would challenge perspectives.

“Great!” she chirped. “We have that in common.”

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Iftar at a mosque

Religions | Observations from an interfaith evening meal during Ramadan
by Sophia Lee
Posted 5/20/19, 03:29 pm

Last week, I was invited to an iftar at a mosque in Los Angeles. An iftar is an evening meal that Muslims eat to break their Ramadan fast after sunset. Ramadan began on May 5 this year, and for a whole month, Muslims all around the world are fasting from food and drink from sunrise to sunset.

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