Summer Hiatus

The Editor

July 29, 2019

Dear Readers,

Per tradition, Sightings will be closing up shop for the month of August—a chance for our columnists and editor to gear up for another year of insightful reporting and expert commentary on the place of religion in current events and public life. However, we would hate to leave you without something to read during our annual summer hiatus, so we’ve compiled some of the very best and most-read columns from 2019 thus far. Whether you’ve read them all and want to revisit some of your favorites or there are some you’ve missed that pique your interest, we hope you enjoy this curated collection of religion “sightings” from the past seven months. 

Religion around the Globe

U.S. Religious Traditions

American Evangelicalism

Politics, Law, and Religion

Religion and the 2020 Presidential Election

Religion and Violence

Religion in Film, Literature, and Art

Religion and Popular Culture

Again, we hope you will enjoy our Sightings reading list for the summer break, but please know that it’s only a sampling of what Sightings has published so far this year. We encourage you to visit our archives to explore the full collection, and please share your favorites with us! There you’ll also find every piece written this year by our outstanding team of columnists, led by the inimitable Martin Marty along with Joshua FeigelsonCynthia LindnerRichard Rosengarten, and William Schweiker.

Of course, one of the biggest highlights for Sightings to date this year has been the publication of Sightings: Reflections on Religion in Public Life, a collection of 100 of the very best Sightings essays from our first twenty years of publication, including a mix of columns by Martin E. Marty along with contributions from other authors. Sightings “The Book” was published in February by Eerdmans and was edited by Brett Colasacco with an introduction by former director of the Marty Center, W. Clark Gilpin, and a foreword by the current director, Willemien Otten. If you haven’t already, the August break would be an excellent excuse to purchase a copy and read (or re-read) some of the very finest offerings from Sightings

On behalf of the Martin Marty Center for the Public Understanding of Religion and all the people who make Sightings possible, thank you for your continued readership. We look forward to returning to your inbox and “sighting” religion with you once again when September rolls around. 

Joel A. Brown, Editor

Image: A student reading on the steps in front of Swift Hall (Photo: University of Chicago Photographic Archive, [apf2-08072], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library. Undated)

Sightings is edited by Joel Brown, a PhD Candidate in Religions in America at the Divinity School. Sign up here to receive Sightings via email. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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