Sightings Articles

Moss hearing

Christian Nationalism | religious ethics | Christian Right

Duty! Thou Sublime and Mighty Name

In responding to duty, we testify to our worth and our dignity as free human beings.

June 28, 2022
wadonwadas

jihad | eco-socialism | capitalism | Islamic-left politics | Indonesia

Jihad Against Capitalism: FNKSDA and the Islamic Eco-socialist Movement in Indonesia

A group of environmental activists in Indonesia see Islamic values as necessitating a struggle for socialism.

June 23, 2022
burnt amazon forrest

environmentalism | political religion | social justice

Human Goods, Environmental Evils

The same mastery of nature (human and nonhuman) that has made civilization possible now imperils us.

June 16, 2022
empty classroom with chairs

gun violence | gun legislation | political partisanship

Thoughts and Prayers

As inhabitants of the only country in the world where school shootings are routine, the American faithful must not pray for serenity, but for courage.

June 8, 2022
lgbtq jewish person makes hallah

Judaism | Renewal Judaism | clergy

Centering Lay Leaders in Faith Communities

Rather than wringing our hands about the lack of moral superheroes within the clergy, American rabbis should embrace the shift towards lay leaders.

June 1, 2022
empty church

political partisanship | Christian Nationalism | Roe v. Wade | Southern Baptist sexual abuse scandal | Federalist Society | U.S. Supreme Court

Partisanship in Religion and Politics

Many lament the obliteration of bipartisan politics: too few acknowledge it as a casualty of the idea that America is a "Christian nation".

May 25, 2022
medieval stained glass with two female musicians

Russian War on Ukraine | Sacred music | Pessimism

Songs In Dark Times

When marked by piety and ambiguity, songs can fill a void in our dark times. Perhaps it is time to sing again...

May 18, 2022
legally blonde elle woods

feminism | Film | women

Getting Serious about Legally Blonde

The 2001 comedy shatters expectations about what makes a good heroine

May 9, 2022
israeli apartheid in palestine

Israeli Apartheid in Palestine | Palestinians | Israel | Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) | United Church of Christ | Global Ministries | Episcopal Church | American Friends Service Committee | Presbyterian Church (USA) | United Nations

Is Israel Practicing Apartheid? American Churches Join the Conversation

A public debate is growing about the State of Israel’s more than fifty-year occupation of Palestinian territory: American Christian organizations are joining the conversation.

May 5, 2022
red panda

Film | Evangelicalism | AAPI Inclusion

Evangelical Critics Are Turning Red

Outrage over a recent children's film illustrates the narrowness of evangelicalism and the experiences it has failed to understand.

April 22, 2022