City on a Hill

National myths are inspiring stories about the past. Held in high esteem, they affirm commonly-held values. Does America have any myths? In truth, there are a number of very powerful ones. This morning, we will consider the earliest one, from 1630: “We shall be a city on a hill; the eyes of all people will be upon us.” This famous line was in a lay-led sermon given by John Winthrop, the Puritan leader during the voyage that led to the founding of Boston. Now, in 2024, Americans are transitioning to a new political chapter. There has been some ruthlessness and loss of innocence. Can we reconnect to our historical vision for this country?

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