Islam | pilgrimage | Saudi Arabia | Coronavirus

Halting the Hajj

Exploring the social, political, economic, and religious fallout of this year’s (all but) canceled pilgrimage

July 2, 2020
food pantry

Coronavirus | Jobs | economic insecurity

Jobs for All?

As unemployment in the U.S. continues to rise to historic levels due to COVID-19, what does history teach us about religion's role in helping get Americans back to work?

June 26, 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
police lights

#blacklivesmatter | Coronavirus | George Floyd | Myth

America’s Sirens

A reflection on America’s mythology of sirens, and the need to rewrite it

June 15, 2020

Coronavirus | religious ethics

COVID-19 and the Limits of Utilitarianism

Why our usual method for deliberating about policy decisions is failing us right now

June 11, 2020

Coronavirus | Augustine of Hippo

Time in Coronatide: Why We’re Not Actually Living in Groundhog Day

Exploring how our experience of time is altered by the pandemic and what reflecting on ‘pandemic time’ (with some help from Augustine) might teach us

May 28, 2020

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

Coronavirus | Jose Ortega y Gasset

Cultural Disruptions

Martin Marty on the importance of seeking out stories of human goodness in the darkest days

May 11, 2020

Coronavirus | Reinhold Niebuhr

We Need Fewer Heroes

Exploring the tension between our praise of everyday heroes and the social instability that necessitates them

May 8, 2020