Sightings

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

Floyd, Taylor, and Arberry with halos

The Difference between Heroes and Martyrs

By Russell P. Johnson

When we memorialize victims of police violence, their past actions are irrelevant

October 5, 2020
Candle burning at both ends

The Meanings that Make Us

By Cynthia G. Lindner

The limits of creative agency in ritual

September 24, 2020
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A Summer Correspondence

By Richard A. Rosengarten

The decision to rename a dormitory reveals the fragility of historical nuance

September 21, 2020
Shofar

On Zealous and Unrepentant Times

By William Schweiker

A Call to Self-Reflection amidst a Dangerous Devotion

September 28, 2020

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A Legal Perversion of Justice

By Wil Gafney

Habakkuk 1: 2 How long, Holy One, shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save? 3 Why do you make me s...

October 19, 2020
The Beauty of Aging

Blessings, History, and Pandemic Vulnerabilities

By Philippa Koch

The President of the United States recently said that it was a “blessing from God” that he caught Covid-19. Numerous outlets have reported on this sta...

October 15, 2020
Nixon Kennedy debate

Common Sense and the 2020 Election

By A. Trevor Sutton

Stumps and porches were once the tools of presidential campaigns. Candidates traveled by rail, stood on stumps, spoke to crowds, and even rolled a gia...

October 12, 2020
Sacred Heart

The Power of a Heartbroken Community

By Kathryn Ray

The power of heartbreak astounds me. It catches me off guard. When I pray with congregants via Facebook chat, and it becomes clear that the people lo...

October 8, 2020
Floyd, Taylor, and Arberry with halos

The Difference between Heroes and Martyrs

By Russell P. Johnson

Victims of police shootings have become icons. Their names adorn the jerseys, helmets, hats, shirts, and face masks of famous athletes. Their faces ar...

October 5, 2020
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TikTok and Cultural Criticism

By Brian Britt

A young man’s mother, wearing a hijab, interrupts his recitation of the explicit song “WAP" to chide him; the caption reads, “I wish you knew a single...

October 1, 2020
Shofar

On Zealous and Unrepentant Times

By William Schweiker

Insomuch that it may truly be said, pride, covetousness, ambition, revenge, have in all parts of the world slain their thousands; but zeal its ten tho...

September 28, 2020
Candle burning at both ends

The Meanings that Make Us

By Cynthia G. Lindner

At the apex of our long COVID summer, while hurricanes were brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, wildfires were threatening the West, protests against polic...

September 24, 2020
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Sighting Religion in the Public Square

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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