Wednesday, July 08, 2009
UU Culture -- T'aint Just Yankees
"It was true that American Unitarianism had flowered in New England and was part of a proud heritage, but the situation was not unlike that of Christianity, which bloomed in the Holy Land, where it is now extinct except for a few shrines maintained for pilgrims. It is not beyond the realm of possibility that this might someday occur with American Unitarians." -- George Marshall, writing about A. Powell Davies
The Boy snapped a picture of a UU seminarian, doing a little light reading.
There were a few quotes that came out of GA about our "Yankee culture" so when I saw this pic, I had to laugh.
This isn't a serious post -- I'm still on vacation, y'all -- but if you think our UU culture is strictly Yankee, I'd request that you explore the research of the Rev. Dr. Barbara Coeyman, who has written about the time in our history when Texas was just lousy with Universalists.
As for the present, I think three of the most dynamic and potentially influential ministers of our religion are located in Albuquerque, Tulsa, and Atlanta.
Again, nothing serious about this post. The point of the two speakers who referenced our Yankee culture was not Southerners vs. Yanks, and I found both of their fuller talks to just light my fire.
As for me, I'm kicking back with some Christmas* enchiladas and contemplating what a cowboy UU church would look like.
*New Mexico term indicating that a person wants both red AND green sauce on their dish.
Posted by Lizard Eater at 5:38 PM