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October 8, 2001
Last week's issues of Sightings provoked opposite responses. The majority of respondents to Monday's column by Lloyd Averill dissented vigorously against a column that spoke up for the duty and mission of religious voices to reserve and exercise the right to dissent against some U.S. policies while we track down the current terrorists.
October 3, 2001
On Thursday, September 20, only hours before his speech before Congress, President George W. Bush spent over an hour talking and praying with a group of twenty some leaders of America's diverse religious communities. I was surprised and honored to be included in the meeting--this despite the fact that I can by no means be described as a leader of a particular religious community.
October 1, 2001
A patriotism of dissent has been one of the most vital ingredients of American political life throughout history. It has always been in the national interest to "speak truth to power," and never more so than in times of crisis. We are now entering an era in which the nurture of an active patriotism of dissent will be a most difficult, but most essential task.

Author: Lloyd Averill
September 26, 2001
As we grapple with the terrifying events of 11 September 2001, we are haunted by analogies from our past. But historical analogies require careful examination, for choosing among them influences the way we will think, speak, and act.  

Author: Ed Gaffney
September 24, 2001
Whoever goes sighting religion in American public life is likely to cast a camera eye on many a silver-crowned head.
September 24, 2001
Whoever goes sighting religion in American public life is likely to cast a camera eye on many a silver-crowned head.
September 19, 2001
I was on the phone when I saw the huge plume of black smoke rising over the building that stands between my apartment and the Pentagon, barely a quarter-mile away. When I saw it, I was still staring open-mouthed at the pictures of the second plane slamming into the World Trade Center.  
September 17, 2001
SEPTEMBER 17, 2001 The nation and all its citizens, we included, are getting lessons on the practice of public religion, especially in the form of prayers and worship. There is no problem sighting its presence, in a nation that used to be described by some as merely, purely, secular.  
September 13, 2001
One way to treat the public role of "private" or "congregational" religion in a moment such as this one is through close-ups. I chose this e-mail because it is just such a close-up. It is from our friend Stephen Bouman, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, in New York. He writes from ground zero.  
September 10, 2001
The classic professions, medicine, law, and religion, have long had distinctive cultures. One shared element of these cultures is the desire among physicians, lawyers, and clerics to assess their respective professional cultures, to look for trends, and, if necessary, to call for changes.  

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