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Summer Hiatus
By THE EDITOR  July 30, 2020
Dear Readers,
Per tradition, Sightings will be closing up shop for the month of August—a chance for us to gear up for another year of insightful reporting and expert commentary on the place of religion in current events and public life. Not wanting to leave you without something to read during our annual summer break, however, we’ve compiled some of the very best and most-read columns from 2020 thus far. We hope you enjoy this curated collection of religion “sightings” from the past seven months. 
Religion and the Pandemic
Religion and American Culture
Religion in Film, Literature, and Art
The George Floyd Protests and Race in the U.S.
Politics, Law, and Religion
Again, we hope you will enjoy our Sightings reading list for the summer break, but you should 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. There you’ll also find every piece written this year by our outstanding team of columnists, led by Martin Marty along with Russell Johnson, Cynthia Lindner, Richard Rosengarten, and William Schweiker.
Finally, on a personal note, I want to say farewell to you, our readers. When Sightings returns in September it will welcome its tenth managing editor (soon to be named) as I move on to do more writing of my own. It has been an honor to serve you and the Marty Center as the editor of Sightings these past two years (and of the Religion & Culture Forum the two years prior). Publishing Sightings is a team effort, and I especially want to thank Willemien Otten, Martin Marty, Richard Rosengarten, Cynthia Lindner, William Schweiker, Josh Feigelson, Russell Johnson, David Nirenberg, Brett Colasacco, Terren Wein, Nathan Hardy, Erin James-Brown, Curtis Evans, Mark Lambert, Kris Culp, and Clark Gilpin, among others, each of whom has played a special part in bringing you Sightings during my editorship. And I want to express a heartfelt thanks to you, our readers—receiving your comments, questions, occasional corrections, and notes of support are highlights of this job. Thank you. I look forward to joining you now as a loyal reader and fellow “sighter” of religion in public life.
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 once again when September rolls around. 
The Editor
Managing Editor, Joel A. Brown, is a PhD candidate in Religions in the Americas at the Divinity School. He studies race and religion in American history and is currently writing a dissertation titled “Breaking the Spiritual Bondage of Whiteness: Race and Social Christianity in Progressive Era Chicago.” 
Image: University of Chicago students reading on the quad in 1937. (Photo courtesy of the Special Collections Research Center, Regenstein Library, University of Chicago)
Sightings is a publication of the Martin Marty Center for the Public Understanding of Religion at the University of Chicago Divinity School.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Marty Center or its editors.
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