Category Archives: Culture & Tradition

Culture and Tradition: Handing Over Gifts

“Tradition” is a Latin-based English word that means “to hand over”.  We can think of tradition both as “captial T” and “little t” as in those big holidays and practices that we share with a larger community and as those … Continue reading

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Culture and Tradition: The Landscape

In the last interview before his death, Irish philosopher and poet, John O’Donohue and Krista Tippet explored the power of landscape, something that we have written here about often.  O’Donohue acknowledges that a beautiful landscape has the power to open … Continue reading

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Culture and Tradition; Southern Style

I am a Southern boy, through and through.  Born and raised in Macon, GA, I have spent my entire life in the South.  Southerners are a complex and, many times, conflicted people. I know that generalizations don’t work, but for … Continue reading

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Culture and Tradition: The Cauldron

Culture includes all of these forces that shape and contain our lives: social structures, unwritten customs and rules, language, religion, art and literature, forms of government and economic systems.  Culture is the great cauldron from which our giftedness pours forth, … Continue reading

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Culture and Tradition: Economic Systems

Economic systems are how a people determine who will participate in the resources of the culture and how. An American enigma:  we value democracy but practice plutocracy–rule by the wealthy.  Is our economic system tilted always toward keeping the wealthy … Continue reading

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Culture and Tradition: Government

Forms of government are formal ways of establishing values and behavior.  Around government, there has been in my life time almost constant conversation about “culture wars.”  Are Americans in a 300+ year long experimentation in creating a new culture?  Do … Continue reading

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Culture and Tradition: Religion

Religion–a significant source of how a group passes on ethical values, behaviors and holds itself together.  We practice a religion in Unitarian-Universalism that allows us to craft our own way in the world and in many senses to craft a new … Continue reading

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Culture and Tradition: Art and Culture

Arts and Literature, simply put, are how a culture passes on values and takes pride in itself.  In our sanctuary at UUCG, thanks to the gifts and passions of many of our community, our walls are graced with a perpetual … Continue reading

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Culture and Tradition: Language

Language is a  vehicle by which culture is passed on.  If that sounds a bit too clinical, consider how these questions tend to make us in the U.S. respond.  Should English be the legally defined national language of the United … Continue reading

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Culture and Tradition: Customs

We are exploring the seven different elements that make up what we call “culture.” Customs and traditions constitute another of the elements that make up what we call culture.  Customs and traditions are the rules of behavior among a people–written … Continue reading

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