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December 24, 2018


House churches were the first places of Christian worship before Roman Emperor Constantine recognized the faith: paralleling that, worship happened in the early Puritan homes until the second generation of Christians began to build “Meeting Houses” 

Now, those who go to a separate place to worship are dwindling in New England: BUT the secular flood of THE HOLIDAYS overwhelms our homes as a culture. Huge dinners, endless parties, decorations that completely control many homes for two months, or more, scream at a season becoming detached from its initial reason for being (paralleling the early designation of Christmas Day as a celebratory link to the existing pagan recognition of greater light post winter solstice in the Western Hemisphere). 

What is the reason we remake our homes to celebrate simulated sacred moments our culture is running away from? Do new cars with huge ribbons set upon them replace our instincts of Hope in The New Year? Are we simply worn out by 9 month’s grind as the farmer was, and simply Explode in Joy upon the end of drudgery: or?

Why do we bring the Sacred into our Secular homes? Then? Now? Will We Continue To in the Advancing Secular Age?

As we clean up wrappings, digest feasts and decommission the elaborations of our homes extreme Holiday Decorations, what does it mean ?Joining us is Richard Mammana. Richard is 39, has two daughters, 5 and 7, 6’1”, and is currently reducing sodium intake. (he also serves on the staff of the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the ecumenical and interreligious office, and he does celebrate Christmas.)

Then Meg Botteon who is a college textbook editor, but perhaps of greater relevance to the topic is that her birthday is on Christmas Day. Her parents were aggressively secular, and she spent my happiest Christmases far from home among friends (or “family of affinity”). 

Then William Hosley who is a cultural resource development and marketing consultant, social media expert, historian, writer, and photographer. He is passionate about local history and historic preservation and has developed a deep attachment to dozens of places worth caring about. He was formerly Director of the New Haven Museum and Connecticut Landmarks ,where he cared for a chain of historic attractions. Prior to that, as a curator and exhibition developer at Wadsworth Atheneum, Bill organized major exhibitions including The Great River: Art & Society of the Connecticut Valley (1985), The Japan Idea: Art and Life in Victorian America (1990), and Sam & Elizabeth: Legend and Legacy of Colt’s Empire (1996)., that spawned the Coltsville National Park. As an expert in heritage tourism, Bill has studied, lectured and advised museums and heritage destinations around the country. Bill has also served as a content specialist for PBS, BBC and CPTV film documentaries. 

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