Sightings

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

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Now Let Us Sing! Juneteenth 2021

By Johari Jabir

The deep roots connecting Jewish and Black prophetic witness

June 17, 2021
A road sign with an arrow pointing left has been altered with graffiti to point right

Think Again: Religion in the Wake of the Pandemic

By Cynthia G. Lindner

Covid has given us a chance to rethink and reinvigorate our traditions, and we cannot afford to waste it

June 14, 2021
maya ritual

Loss and Continuation: Lessons from the Popol Vuh

By Alexus McLeod

An ancient Maya tradition on keeping those we've lost alive

June 10, 2021
Israeli Police at Al-Aqsa

What Makes a Conflict "Religious"?

By Russell P. Johnson

Sometimes our categories conceal more than they reveal

June 7, 2021

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A Tale of Two Classrooms: Impressions of an Academic Year

By Richard A. Rosengarten

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. To a notable extent, most students brought their best selves to class sessions. They were determi...

June 21, 2021
Juneteenth quilt

Now Let Us Sing! Juneteenth 2021

By Johari Jabir

Now let us sing Sing til the power of the Lord come down Lift up your heads, don’t be afraid Now let us sing til the power of the Lord come down -Gosp...

June 17, 2021
A road sign with an arrow pointing left has been altered with graffiti to point right

Think Again: Religion in the Wake of the Pandemic

By Cynthia G. Lindner

A year ago, as COVID-19 was surging and the US death toll was rising, a culture unprepared for the wages of suffering sought solace in spiritual pract...

June 14, 2021
maya ritual

Loss and Continuation: Lessons from the Popol Vuh

By Alexus McLeod

Over 600,000 people in the United States alone have died of Covid-19 over the last year and a half. Some experts believe the actual number is closer t...

June 10, 2021
Israeli Police at Al-Aqsa

What Makes a Conflict "Religious"?

By Russell P. Johnson

A month ago, violence broke out at al-Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem. As the BBC reported, Israeli police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades as Pal...

June 7, 2021
Alfred North Whitehead

Alfred North Whitehead and the "Facts"

By Lisa Landoe Hedrick

It is by this point a truism to say that our country is deeply polarized. A recent editorial in the New York Times frames this polarization in terms o...

June 3, 2021
Spring at Arlington

America the Imperfect, America the Beautiful

By Eileen C. Donovan

Any Chicago sports fan knows what it is like to believe in your team with a strong and devoted fervor, only to find yourself disappointed. It is a wel...

May 31, 2021
the land of israel

Debt and the Land

By Scott Ferguson

Debt presents a political and economic quandary. The scale of the question is enormous: if in America it’s student debt that has seen the most discuss...

May 27, 2021
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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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