What's in a (Religious) Name? -- Sightings (Cynthia G. Lindner)
What is the place of faith in the public square? That is a question that I am very interested in. I've even written a book focused on such questions titled Faith in the Public Square. Cynthia Lindner, a Disciple minister and Director of Ministry Studies and Clinical Faculty for Preaching and Pastoral Care at the University of Chicago Divinity School, addresses some of these issues in this Sightings essay. She begins be looking into the latest reports on the religiosity of Congress, which is still over-represented by Christians and is markedly short on the fasted growing religious group in the country -- atheist, agnostic, does not state. While two Muslim women were elected for the first time to Congress, what does all of this mean? From that conversation she moves to our southern border and the move to seize land on which a Catholic church has been sitting for more than a century. What rights does a congregation have when faced with having its property seized for something it deems inappropriate? These are important questions, so I invite you to take a read and offer your thoughts.