Alas, 2016 is drawing to a close. It's been a difficult and disturbing year. There have been good moments, but a lot of really bad ones. In this issue of Sightings, Martin Marty, takes a look at what he calls the "religiocification of hate." His point is that this year has seen a significant uptick of hate that is connected to religion. He notes that the biggest target has been Muslims, and it has emerged out of religious sentiments. When it comes to hate and religion, it is wise to look inside and consider how we might be different in the coming year. I invite you to read and reflect and respond accordingly, with the hope that 2017 is different!