Sightings Articles

Black Church | grace | Good Samaritan | dangerous altruism | Beloved Community

Martin King Luther, Jr.: A Theologian with a Passion for Reconciliation

Though revered and claimed as an inspiration by people with a wide range of religious and political commitments, Martin Luther King, Jr., as he often reminded audiences, was nurtured in the Black Church. King demanded justice for the powerless and ad...

March 31, 2016

Paul Ricoeur | Pope Francis | Laudato Si | Confederacy | Charleston | Clementa Pinckney | grace | US Supreme Court | Affordable Care Act | gay marriage

Religion Overwhelms in News

Sightings this week belongs to the “catching our breath” or “cleaning our glasses” category of columns. Note that for once it lists no sources or resources at the end. There are simply too many to cite. We cannot recall, in our sixteen years of “sigh...

June 29, 2015

theology | David Brooks | grace | Marilynne Robinson | Jeanne Bishop

Grace in the Media

Sightings will never lack subject-matter. Each week the media provide a plethora of options which might inspire comment. Usually these relate to hard news, as in “religion and…ISIS, the scrimmaging before the 2016 election, ‘cops’ anywhere, Bruce Jen...

April 27, 2015