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March 26, 2001
This week, like the last, Sightings becomes "Pointings." We point to the Alban Institute, which bills itself as "the premier source of learning for congregations and their leaders." An ecumenical, interfaith organization, the Alban Institute seeks to bring research and education to bear upon the practical challenges of faith communities.
March 22, 2001
My mother is in a Jewish nursing home. All the food is kosher. There are mezuzot (decorative boxes containing Jewish prayers) at the entrance to each room. Religious services are provided regularly. Yet the nursing home receives substantial income from Medicaid, Medicare, and other government programs.
March 19, 2001
Today Sightings has it easy. In a time of free-floating spiritualities, we call your attention to a survey that should be useful to everyone related to "organized religion" or "the institutional church." Let the surveyors do the sighting, which they do well.  
March 12, 2001
Last week we listened in on an internal debate among voices on the political and religious left reacting in long letters to *The Nation* (March 12). Respondents took on author Ellen Willis, who had spoken up for "Freedom from Religion" (February 19).  Willis re-reacts.  
March 7, 2001
Was "Davos Man Meets Homo Religiosus" simply a remake of "Godzilla Meets Bambi?"  
March 5, 2001
"Freedom from Religion."  So Ellen Willis called her blast from the left against "faith-based" ventures and religion in public life in*The Nation* (February 19).  Some notables from what survives on theleft blast her blast in a subsequent issue (March 12), showing that theissue sunders left as it does center and right these days.  
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


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