Less than a year after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the United States detonated the fourth and fifth nuclear weapons
under the name Operation Crossroads
in July 1946. Beyond testing the capabilities of nuclear bombs, the Navy said it wanted the Bikini tests treated like "the story of the year, maybe of the decade, and possibly of a lifetime."
Only two of the three bombs were detonated, and the project was shut down over the next months. To celebrate the efforts of Operation Crossroads, a cake in the shape of a mushroom cloud was featured
at a publicized event on November 5, 1946. In response to this display, Reverend Arthur Powell Davies, the minister of the Unitarian All Souls Church in Washington, D.C., gave a sermon on the "utterly loathsome picture"
and the message it sent to other nations. That sermon set off a flurry of replies and reactions
, that extended around the world, including a connection formed between Reverend Davies' All Souls Unitarian Church and school children in Hiroshima
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posted by filthy light thief
on Sep 8, 2010 -
Mass: We Pray
is an exciting new project from Boston based game developer Prayer Works Interactive. Watch the trailer
for examples of the 24 different services you and your family can participate in. Don't listen to the sites that claim
this is a hoax
. Preordering begins today!
posted by scrutiny
on Nov 20, 2009 -
"All of which is a long way of saying that, to construct a new church of anatomical horror and to do so out of stone, as Al-Mehdari seems to be suggesting, is a fascinating idea. " - Body Baroque
posted by Artw
on Sep 23, 2009 -
is a pedal-steel
guitar style that evolved in the African-American Pentecostal denomination The House of God, Which Is the Church of the Living God, the Pillar and Ground of the Truth
. Brothers and lap steel players Willie and Truman Eason
, inspired by the electric blues and Hawaiian steel guitar of the 1920s and 30s, brought the sound to two branches of the church, the Keith
dominions. Its hallmark: "talking guitar," in which the sliding steel emphasizes and mimics the words of preachers
. In the 1970s, a new "Motor City" tradition began
, featuring the more complicated pedal steel guitar. This body of music was known mainly in church circles until two things happened: first, folklorist Robert Stone
became interested in the music and relased several CD collections
. And then, church player Robert Randolph
(and his Family Band
) began taking Sunday morning's music out onSaturday night
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posted by Miko
on Apr 8, 2008 -
The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace
, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), is the largest church in the world1
. Completed in 1990 for about $300 million by President Félix Houphouët-Boigny - with profits skimmed from the slave labor best cocoa (chocolate) industry - in the small rural town of his birth, it sits today in the bush a vast empty palace of marble and crystal gawked at by the occasional backpacker. Among other trappings it has the only airport big enough in Africa to take the Concorde, a presidential palace with a lake stocked with scores of Sacred Caymans (crocodiles,) and a mansion next to the Basilica reserved exclusively for the Pope on visits from Rome (used once). The President enjoyed his complex for less than 3 years before dieing in 1993.
posted by stbalbach
on Jan 27, 2008 -
Reviving an ancient practice
, churches are exposing sinners and shunning those who won't repent. Unfortunately, some of the worshipers are expelled not because of willful or unrepentant sins, but for criticizing the pastor on matters of church polity
. "A lot of times, flocks aren't willing to submit or be obedient to God. If somebody is not willing to be helped, they forfeit their membership."
posted by mrducts
on Jan 18, 2008 -
Drew Marshall [previously
] is paying
2 people to go to church. The participants have already been to their first church and blog about their experiences here
posted by xmattxfx
on Jun 8, 2007 -
: shattering the myth that "all churches are locked". With the aim of visiting every church in England and recording whether it is kept locked or unlocked, this ten-year-old 'side project' now has statistics by county and diocese, county maps, and a map of the country
showing their progress.
posted by chrismear
on May 16, 2007 -
Blog Against Theocracy
--a blogswarm dedicated to the separation of church and state, ... Easter Weekend, April 6-8, 2007.
Also see the non-profit joint venture between The Interfaith Alliance Foundation and Americans United for Separation of Church and State, First Freedom First.
posted by amberglow
on Apr 6, 2007 -
Drive Thru Church Service? Check
. Drive Thru Wedding? Check
. Drive Thru Funeral? Check
. Drive Thru Strip Club? Huh
? If you're too lazy or too tired to get out of your car, Fogonazos
has a list of convenient drive-thrus for you.
posted by amyms
on Feb 23, 2007 -