I went to the Boston Museum of Science yesterday and the placed was mobbed. Couldn't even walk around it was so crowded. A lot of kids and families because school is out I guess.
Secularism certainly has taken over our society which probably is a good thing. Churches though were empty and stone cold as they say. Most were locked. They appear to be museum pieces themselves and only viewable from the outer shell.
It is hard to believe that at one point in its history every church in Boston was Unitarian even the King's chapel. I was hoping to get my flaming chalice blessed by somebody official but no such luck. I did buy a string of stone beads though in the Museum of Science store which I can use to say the efche with.
Overall, I loved Boston and would highly recommend it as a visitor destination. However, I am more of a pilgrim than a tourist and as a destination for a pilgrimage it was disappointing. I don't know exactly what I was hoping for, but it didn't materialize UU-wise. I do understand better why Unitarian Universalism is a dying religion. It has no presence and makes no witness in our modern world even at its center.
I understand the comments that the UUA is an administrative body and not the church, but a church cannot exist without a structure, and a form, and a tradition kept alive somewhere. It is fine that Unitarian Universalism has a congregational polity but nature loves a hierarchy of some sort for organization, order, stability, and balance. There is no center, no hub of the wheel and so the organism will not hold. What is the human body without a heart? A national organization which cannot maintain itself during the holiest season of the year is in a sad place. I had not expected it, but it is what it is as they say.
Today, I leave Boston, the supposed cradle of American Unitarianism, but I did not find it alive and vibrant. I found it dormant and cold and inactive. It is with a certain sadness and disappointment that I go away, but God is in my heart and I will continue my search without the organizational and traditional guidance I was hoping for.