Tags » Civil Religion

Cautious about "First Principle Euphoria"

For weeks, if not months, my historian’s heart and mind have been nervous, conflicted, about the various “Standing on the Side of Love” campaigns teeming through my denomination, Unitarian Universalism. 1,002 more words

The Civil Religion of the First World War

Yesterday was the centenary anniversary of the beginning of World War I. On July 28, 1914,  one month after Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated, the Austro-Hungarian empire made its first moves against Serbia. 121 more words

Commentary

Gardening as Racism

The neighbors catty-cornered from one of our lilacs have a beautiful grapevine growing against our common fence. For about two weeks, I’ve been noticing that their grapes have twined and vined over and through my lilac, first where it overhangs their property, and now, way into my yard. 68 more words

Unitarian Universalism

Our "Wars" and Why We Fight Them

Ever wonder what’s up with the ubiquitous use of the word “war” to describe some political or cultural cause? A glance at the headlines reveals that we are a nation at war with ourselves. 1,245 more words

Civil Religion

Prayers for Independence Day

I have been housesitting for friends this week, so I have with me only a minimal shrine, some incense to burn, tap water to offer. I decided I would write some prayers for the day and share them here, as well as say them later, perhaps with an offering of hot dogs and beans (my celebratory national holiday dinner *g*) 677 more words

Seasons

Friday Photo

The icons of the nation in the sacred spaces of American civil religion: the Liberty Bell with Independence Hall in the background, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by T.S. Bremer, 2007)

Friday Photo