Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Have you read your Channing today?...

...the old teacher-man in me asks? Just as individuals, families and even whole towns used to read the Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July (come to mention it, don't you think its time to bring that custom back?) Unitarians should organize readings of this sermon each May 5th.


1 comment:

The Eclectic Cleric said...

This one line in Channing's sermon: "Our leading principle in interpreting Scripture is this, that the Bible is a book written for men, in the language of men, and that its meaning is to be sought in the same manner as that of other books..." was the key insight and "tipping point" that ultimately drove me into the wilderness of Seminary, and a thirty-year career in higher education and parish ministry. And I must have only been 14 or 15 years old when I read it, in a Bobbs-Merrill edition of Unitarian Christianity and other sermons purchased for a quarter (or was it 50 cents?) off the book table at the Eastshore Unitarian Church in Bellevue Washington. Some seed just falls on fertile ground, I guess. Happy Cinco De Mayo everyone!