Sightings Articles

back to school image

Rituals | church attendance | American church

Beginning Again... and Again... and Again

We hoped that “Back to School” rituals might turn the page, but beginnings are never as straightforward and uncomplicated as we wish they could be.

September 30, 2021
A road sign with an arrow pointing left has been altered with graffiti to point right

adaptation | Coronavirus | obituaries | imagination

Think Again: Religion in the Wake of the Pandemic

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

June 14, 2021
earth viewed from space

stewardship of the earth | environment | social justice | Coronavirus

Will There Be Life On Earth?

An Earth Day reflection on trusting our eyes

April 22, 2021
Biden Oath

political religion | Rituals | Community

The Blessed Return of Going Through the Motions

President Biden's inauguration and the rituals of normalcy

February 4, 2021
Lincoln Proclamation

Thanksgiving | political religion | repentance

Longing for a Real Thanksgiving

This year's lonely holiday offers a chance for national repentance

November 26, 2020
Plant growing in rocks

Smart Museum of Art | Coronavirus | health care | art

The Precariousness of Care

Attending to each other and our communities is costly, messy, exhausting — and vital

October 22, 2020
Candle burning at both ends

Rituals | Spirituality | capitalism | secularism

The Meanings that Make Us

The limits of creative agency in ritual

September 24, 2020
corona anxiety

Coronavirus | Mental Health

A Normalized Sense of Hopelessness

Making America Great at the Expense of Her Soul

July 23, 2020
Protesters Prayer

Coronavirus | prayer | George Floyd | faith

Unexpected ‘Openings’ and the Essence of Religious Practice

What we learn about the nature of religious practice from the innovations and adaptations of religious communities during the pandemic

June 18, 2020
Obama

Civil Religion | Coronavirus

Commencement 2020: Let the Adulting Begin

What do this year's graduation ceremonies, hallmark rituals of American civil religion, reveal about the state of our collective soul?

May 21, 2020