Sightings

Reporting and commenting on the role of religion in public life.

Sibelius

Symphonic Politics, Sibelius, and the Immanent Messiah

By Scott Ferguson

Our country cannot afford to wait for a miracle. The music of Jean Sibelius teaches us what the alternatives might look like.

January 11, 2021
Warnock speaking at Ebenezer Baptist

Georgia's Senate Elections and the Life of the Black Church

By Lerone Jonathan Wilder

Senator-elect Warnock's victory shows that the institution that led the fight for civil rights has just as much vitality as ever

January 7, 2021
Scheherazade and the Sultan

Relief After Misfortune

By Asma Afsaruddin

A centuries-old Islamic literary genre may still offer consolation today

January 4, 2021
Paula Fox Z"L

Pandemic, Disability, and Worship Practices: What Next?

By Courtney Wilder

The debates around in-person worship services callously neglect worshippers with disabilities

December 14, 2020

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Of Memphis and Washington

By Richard A. Rosengarten

On this day of remembrance, so close on the heels of the unprecedented assault on our nation’s capitol, let us begin by remembering that Dr. King’s pr...

January 18, 2021
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A Biblical Attack on the Capitol?

By Jeffrey Stackert

Amidst the shocking chaos that erupted in Washington last week were religious events that, though they garnered relatively little media attention, she...

January 14, 2021
Sibelius

Symphonic Politics, Sibelius, and the Immanent Messiah

By Scott Ferguson

At the start of his book on Mahler, Adorno insists that music “promises that which is different,” meant in a distinctive sense. The dramatic transitio...

January 11, 2021
Warnock speaking at Ebenezer Baptist

Georgia's Senate Elections and the Life of the Black Church

By Lerone Jonathan Wilder

On Monday, December 14, residents of Georgia began voting in two high-profile runoff elections for the United States Senate. Tuesday night, we learned...

January 7, 2021
Scheherazade and the Sultan

Relief After Misfortune

By Asma Afsaruddin

In a recent article surveying the impact of Covid-19 on our lives, Lawrence Wright records stories of both despair and hope. He talks about James L. M...

January 4, 2021
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Happy Holidays from Sightings

By The Editor

Dear Readers,  What a year it's been. I hardly need recount the momentous difficulties we have all lived through: clinging to health and staving off ...

December 17, 2020
Paula Fox Z"L

Pandemic, Disability, and Worship Practices: What Next?

By Courtney Wilder

Out of necessity, religious services in 2020 have been transformed. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many U.S. congregations have offered online acce...

December 14, 2020
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Putin's American Comrades and Our Post-Truth Moment

By Sarah Riccardi-Swartz

“The only thing that can save the world is Russia,” a monk proclaimed to me one spring afternoon in the mountains of West Virginia. This young monk wa...

December 10, 2020
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Through the eyes, ears, and keyboards of a diverse group of writers, Sightings displays a kaleidoscope of religious activity: a reflection of how religious currents are shaping and being shaped in the world.

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