Traditionally, Christian observation of Pentecost has recalled and celebrated the conversion of diverse peoples. The apostles preached to "devout Jews from every nation under heaven," and "each one heard them speaking in the native language of each" (Acts 2:5-6). Beginning in Australia in 1997, and in the U.S.
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June 10, 2004
June 7, 2004
In Cappadocia, Istanbul, and Ephesus two weeks ago, we visited the sites (ancient "Asia Minor") where Christian creeds were shaped. On a pleasure trip with friends, I did not work hard enough to claim a tax deduction, but I did work some.
June 1, 2004
Those of us who find intercession ("prayer for others") to be a high point in worship have something new about which to be concerned. Lifting up the names of service people in danger, collegians away from home, and people traveling is an act that usually culminates with mention of the seriously ill.
May 27, 2004
Where are the Muslim moderates, abroad and at home? Let's leave the problem of the hidden Muslim moderate in Egypt or Indonesia or, for that matter, Iraq for another day. Complaints are regularly made that spokespersons for moderates in our domestic Muslim communities are not sufficiently heard.
May 20, 2004
As we have formally done every year since 1952 (and informally before that), our country recently observed a National Day of Prayer. Permanently slated for the first Thursday in May during the Reagan administration, this day is set aside to acknowledge what President Bush called "the prayerful spirit [that] has always been a central part of our national tradition."
May 17, 2004
Sightings likes to be current. Most frequently we comment on what we find in our scope of the week's news coverage. This week's news, while the basis for today's column, has also prompted us to revisit coverage of an older story -- 44 years old in fact, but still fresh. The recurrent issue: the intervention of Roman Catholic bishops in American politics.
May 10, 2004
On December 27, 1986 Arthur Hertzberg, Yvonne Haddad, and I were asked by the American Historical Association (AHA) to lead a plenary session on militant fundamentalisms in Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. That was the first time I dealt with the subject.
May 6, 2004
In the weeks before Passover and Easter, a search on the word "Jew" at the popular Internet search engine Google returned a vehemently anti-Jewish site, JewWatch.com, as the first link. "Jewish Mind Control," "Jewish Power Lords," and "Jewish-Run Organizations" (identified as the New York Times and the NAACP) are among the many distressing links presented on the site.
May 3, 2004
"We have written previously to you voicing our concerns … about protecting God's gift of air .... We now request an opportunity to meet with you in person to discuss our concerns."
April 29, 2004
After a long legal journey, the Supreme Court has finally heard Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow, better known as the "Under God" case. A decision is expected later this spring.
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