By Jaycie Doerr, WC Editor-in-chief

MACOMB, Illinois (WC) – A new club at Western Illinois University is focused on studying diverse cultures and religions.

The Religious and Culture Scholar’s Club (RELICS) was developed to study religions and cultures, without having a specific affiliation to any particular religion or culture.

RELICS was started in January of 2023 to give students of anthropology, religious studies, women’s studies, and African American studies a place to gather and talk about different cultures.

In partnership with the African American Studies and Women’s Studies departments, RELICS is hosting a webinar with Onaje X.O. Woodbine, assistant professor of philosophy and religion at American University. Woodbine released a book in November 2022 titled “Take Back What the Devil Stole.” His book tells the story of a Black woman exploring religious creativity to regain power from structural inequality.

In the webinar, Woodbine will be discussing African American religious and cultural studies. The webinar will be held at 7:30 p.m. on March 30 in the Multicultural center. To register or for more information, contact RELICS President Anna Lucken at

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