Get to Know Us

Get to Know Us

Faith and religion have shaped society throughout history, yet they remain deeply personal topics that sometimes feel challenging to discuss.

Our mission at Learn Religions is to help you explore the practices of your own faith, understand your neighbor’s beliefs, and familiarize yourself with the world’s major religions — regardless of your own spiritual background.

We believe that a strong foundation of knowledge in world religions is essential to understanding one another and our world. You’ll find that our library of study guides, prayers, devotionals, and reference documents offer credible and balanced coverage of the world’s most prominent faiths, including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, and Taoism.

Our Writers

Our experienced group of writers are full-time ministers, published authors, licensed clergy, and teachers. They are dedicated to helping readers deepen their faith or become more familiar with the world’s religions.

Meet some of our writers:

  • Mary Fairchild is a Christian writer, editor, and full-time minister. Since 2005, Mary has authored hundreds of articles on Christianity and the Bible for several Dotdash brands. She worked as the general editor on several Christian books and booklets for Calvary Chapel St. Petersburg from 2006 until 2017. Mary is also a writer for GotQuestions.org, a ministry that assists others in understanding the nature of God, the Scriptures, salvation, and other spiritual topics.

    In May 1991, Mary received a General Biblical Studies degree from an Interdenominational Christian Training Center in Central Florida. She also holds a Missions Degree from Youth With A Mission Discipleship Training School, where she graduated in August 1991.

  • Patti Wigington is a Pagan writer and educator with over 30 years of experience teaching workshops and classes on Paganism throughout the U.S. She is a Pagan High Priestess and a licensed Pagan clergy in the state of Ohio.

    Patti has published two books on Paganism: Daily Spellbook for the Good Witch and Wicca Practical Magic. Her work has also been included in Llewellyn's Herbal Almanac and Witches' Calendar series. Patti has covered Paganism for Dotdash brands since 2007.

Editorial Guidelines

We take great pride in the quality of our content. We produce fact-based, unbiased, well-researched articles that acknowledge the validity of all viewpoints.

The Learn Religions editorial staff reviews and edits all documents before publishing it to our library; we constantly update this content to ensure its accuracy. If you notice something in one of our articles that needs to be corrected, please send us an email at contact@learnreligions.com and let us know.

Meet Our Team

Molly Fergus

Molly is the Vice President and General Manager of Learn Religions, and she has been with the company since 2013.

Before joining Dotdash, Molly was an associate digital editor for Condé Nast Traveler, where she helped launch the magazine’s first proprietary website. Previously, she contributed to communications for education and nonprofit organizations, including The Immunization Partnership and the University of Missouri College of Education. Her work has also appeared in Self, Redbook, Women’s Wear Daily, and CNN.

She lives in New York City, grew up in the Chicago suburbs, and graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Olivia Valdes

Olivia Valdes is Associate Editor of Learn Religions. She has been with the company since 2017.

Before joining Dotdash, Olivia worked in the manuscript editorial department at Yale University Press. She has also written for The Economist Careers Network and other education outlets.

Olivia holds a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University. She grew up in South Florida and lives in New York City.

About Dotdash

Learn Religions is part of the Dotdash publishing family.

Dotdash's vibrant brands help over 100 million users each month find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. Dotdash is among the largest and fastest growing publishers online, and has won over 80 awards in the last year alone, including Digiday's 2020 Publisher of the Year. Dotdash brands include Verywell, Investopedia, The Balance, The Spruce, Simply Recipes, Serious Eats, Byrdie, Brides, MyDomaine, Lifewire, TripSavvy, Liquor.com, Treehugger and ThoughtCo.

Here is an overview of our properties:

Verywell: The Verywell family of brands, including Verywell Health, Verywell Fit, Verywell Family, and Verywell Mind, take a human approach to health and wellness content and are a welcome alternative to hyper-clinical health sites. Nearly 30 million people use Verywell sites each month to feel better and be healthier.

Investopedia: Investopedia helps investors understand financial concepts, improve investing skills, and learn how to manage their money. Investopedia reaches over 16 million people each month.

The Balance: The Balance family of brands, including The Balance, The Balance Careers, and The Balance Small Business, deliver clear, practical, and straightforward personal financial advice to nearly 12 million people each month.

The Spruce: The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts combine inspiration with how-to advice to help users create homes they love. Collectively, The Spruce sites reach over 32 million people each month.

Simply Recipes: Simply Recipes, one of the original food blogs, helps over 10 million people each month get easy, delicious food on the table for themselves and their families.

Serious Eats: Serious Eats delivers trustworthy recipes, rigorously tested techniques, and food science to over 4 million hungry readers each month.

Byrdie: Byrdie is dedicated to all things beauty, inside and out. From hair and makeup to health and wellness, Byrdie takes a fresh, no-nonsense approach to feeling and looking your best. Byrdie reaches seven million people each month.

Brides: Brides inspires and guides our nearly three million monthly users as they make decisions from pre-engagement through the honeymoon. Brides is committed to bringing you an inclusive look at the world of weddings, with every type of couple, every type of wedding, and every type of celebration.

MyDomaine: MyDomaine makes an aspirational life achievable—and affordable—with curated home-design inspiration, quick and fresh recipes, and healthy relationship advice that awaken a life well lived. MyDomaine reaches two million people each month.

Lifewire: Lifewire provides helpful, actionable tech tips, advice, and answers, without confusing jargon. Lifewire helps nearly six million people each month get the most out of their technology.

TripSavvy: TripSavvy delivers curated expert advice for family and vacation travelers. We help over three million people each month have the best travel experiences.

Liquor.com: Liquor.com is dedicated to good drinking and great living. We inspire, entertain and educate over three million people each month interested in what happens in the glass and out of it.

Treehugger: Treehugger is the only modern sustainability site that offers advice, clarity, and inspiration for both the eco-savvy and the green living novice. With over a million monthly users, Treehugger is one of the world’s largest information sites dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream.

ThoughtCo: ThoughtCo is one of the largest and most comprehensive learning, information, and education sites online. ThoughtCo helps over seven million people a month become lifelong learners.

Source: Comscore, October 2020 US

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Contact Us

Have a comment to share or a suggestion to make? We look forward to hearing from you. Feel free to reach out by emailing contact@learnreligions.com

If you would rather call us or send us a letter, you can reach us at 1500 Broadway, New York, NY 10036 | 212-204-4000.

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Write for Us

We are always looking for experienced, qualified digital writers who share in our mission to provide credible and balanced religion content. If that’s you, send a few examples of your published work to us at write@learnreligions.com.

Please note that we do not accept unsolicited guest-authored articles, blogs, or posts.

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