Congregating for Community: Researching how to find purpose

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/07/secular-churches-rethink-their-sales-pitch/594109/ Secular congregations that parallel religious structures have gained in popularity across the United States. Offering community, weekly sermons focusing on current topics in science and society, and song, the gatherings are intended to provide human connection and a desire to belong to something with greater meaning. However, while these secular communities are responding to social need they lack sustainability and typically disintegrate within a few years. Systems of sacrifice, ritual, and storytelling structure communities and motivate attendance. The challenge to develop shared purpose and meaningful connections is not simply a response to post-religious structuralism. It also reflects widespread demand … Continue reading Congregating for Community: Researching how to find purpose

La Luz y El Campanero: Symbolism in 1925 Burgos, Spain

 “ In the fields with which we are concerned, knowledge comes only in lightning flashes. The text is the long roll of thunder that follows.” [On the Theory of Knowledge, Theory of Progress] Walter Benjamin, Arcades Project The above photograph was taken from the bell tower in Burgos, Spain in 1925. This photo was included in a photo retrospective on Castilla Leon, published in the Spanish periodical El Pais, June 7, 2011. In Spanish, the bell tower is called el campenar and the bell-ringer is el campanero. Throughout Spain, bell towers are found in the central part of each town … Continue reading La Luz y El Campanero: Symbolism in 1925 Burgos, Spain