INDEPENDENT: to be unconstrained by affiliations


Standing atop the magnificent State House of the State of Rhode Island is a statue created by artist George T. Brewster, and placed in this highly-conspicuous place in 1899.   Originally it was thought that a statue of the founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, should dominate the State House cupulo. But further  conversation led to […]

CHRISTOGRAM: a monogram or combination of letters that forms an abbreviation for the name of Jesus Christ


Christmas gets more and more contentious every year.   Last year we in Rhode Island suffered through the silliest conflict between the Governor, Lincoln Chafee, and citizens of this fair state.   It revolved around the fact that the Governor referred to the decorated tree in the State House as a “Holiday Tree” instead of a “Christmas […]

CHURCH & STATE: the confluence makes it confusing!

Today, all across the country, evangelical Christian preachers are breaking the law … intentionally. It is a protest, they say, against the unconstitutional IRS rules and regulations that forbid not-for-profit agencies from participating openly and visibly in political affairs.  For decades it has been understood that religious organizations could not endorse or otherwise promote the […]