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February 28, 2001
President Bush's new White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives officially opened on February 20 and has touched a nerve in the nation over church-state issues, but it confirmed his commitment to plans hinted at in controversial passages from his inaugural address one month ago.
February 26, 2001
The current flap over blasphemous art at the Brooklyn Museum quickened this week's round of complaints that anti-Catholicism is rampant. Mailings arrive full of appeals for funds to fight anti-Catholicism through anti-defamation fronts.  
February 19, 2001
Few citizens, we imagine and hope, enjoy seeing pictures of pastors being carted away from their church buildings by U.S. marshals.  Yet they did see such images last week on screen or in print of the Reverend Greg J. Dixon being removed on wheels from his Indianapolis Baptist Temple.
January 31, 2001
What do members of the wider public know about theological education and think about the religious leaders that seminaries train?  Such questions recently prompted Auburn Theological Seminary's Center for the Study of Theological Education to conduct a study entitled "Missing Connections: Public Perceptions of Theological Education and Religious Leadership." To find some answers, the Auburn Cen
January 31, 2001
What do members of the wider public know about theological education and think about the religious leaders that seminaries train?  Such questions recently prompted Auburn Theological Seminary's Center for the Study of Theological Education to conduct a study entitled "Missing Connections: Public Perceptions of Theological Education and Religious Leadership." To find some answers, the Auburn Cen
January 29, 2001
This is the third time *Sightings* has gazed at "charitable choice "and "faith-based" ventures.  Not necessarily the most urgent topic, it nevertheless can be revealing since people in both parties are on both sides.  Some find pro and con arguments in their own minds and outlooks.  
January 29, 2001
Sighting religion in the public realm does not take one away from the organized church if one finds clerical leaders "out there" like the most public priest we have known, Chicago's Monsignor John "Jack" Egan.  
January 24, 2001
The recent revelations regarding the Reverend Jesse Jackson's private life have evoked great sadness and pain.  For over forty years, Jackson has been a world-class "public theologian," politician, and opinion leader. He was a close aide to Dr.
January 22, 2001
No one needs binoculars to do sightings of religion in American public life when a new president comes into view.  Presidents signal something of their and the nation's acknowledged needs and chosen images by bringing their clergy along to inaugurations.  The choice to take the oath of office on the Bible -- often open to a particular verse -- or to cite the Bible in an inaugural address signal
January 16, 2001
When "high culture" folks -- the well-educated and the well-off -- knock" organized religion" and "the institutional church," they and the media they favor (and who favor them in turn) do tend to give a free ride to nonmainstream, New, New Age, non-Western expressions and movements.

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