Sightings Articles


Chicago: Religion and the State of Our City

February 2018 will mark the twentieth anniversary of the founding of the Martin Marty Center for the Public Understanding of Religion at the University of Chicago Divinity School. ...

November 30, 2017

#blacklivesmatter | Chance the Rapper | Chicago | hip-hop | J.Kwest | music | neferu | pop culture | rap | Southside

Being Hip-Hop, Being Job, and Being

Editor's Note: Today's issue is the second in a series of Sightings (perhaps we should say "Hearings," or "Listenings") on the manifold ways in which popular music intersects with religion. Be sure to check out the first installment, Paul DeCamp's "T...

May 4, 2017

Chicago | generosity | Holy Week | LaSalle Street Church | Laura Truax

Generosity Revisited

Sightings on Mondays cites books, but is not a book-reviewing publication. It does not often revisit previously published columns. We are not to advertise forthcoming events or products, including books. Though we seem to be tied up now in italicized...

April 17, 2017

Catholicism | Chicago | Michael Pfleger | social activism | St. Sabina Church | white flight

"Just a Parish Priest"

Assignment: to make sense of this week’s Sightings, please take 15 minutes or so to read Evan Osnos’s New Yorker story from this past winter (see “Resources” below). It focuses on a Chicago Catholic priest who has tended ferociously to the faithful i...

October 3, 2016

Palestinians | Chicago | West Bank | Gaza Strip | Chain migration | 1948 war | 1967 war | PLO | Mosque Foundation | identity politics | Pan-Arab nationalism

Religious Revitalization of US Muslim-Palestinians: New Solidarities and New Tensions

Immigration to Europe, Australia, and the Americas has been one of the primary strategies that Palestinians have adopted to cope with their decades-long displacement. In the United States, Chicago has historically served as a main hub of Palestinian ...

July 16, 2015