feet of a person in blue jeans and basketball shoes, shackled to a metal ball labeled Theocracy

Resisting Theocracy and Empire

In the 18th century, the leaders of what was becoming a new nation made a decision:  that theocracy would pull the nation apart, destroy the unity that allowed the new nation to be independent of European control.  And in other countries, theocracy was resisted, as part of toppling autocratic and aristocratic rule.

Some focus on looking at theocracy in other nations, but as the saying goes, “the threat is coming from inside the house.”  Not externally.  As is terrorism and violence and cheating and corruption, to establish the theocracy and empire.  Making this a less democratic, less inclusive nation is a feature, not merely a side effect.

Leader Jone Johnson Lewis writes, “Almost 20 years ago, I gave a platform talk explicitly warning of the dangers of theocracy in the form of Christian nationalism in today’s world.  Much of what I warned about has been coming true. Not exactly as I predicted, and sooner.  On this Sunday, I’ll describe what theocracy means, how it is being advanced in the US today, and how theocracy envisions a particular vision of empire. We need to resist and counter its advance, and we also need to understand what it will look like to live in such a society.”

Sunday Sharing

Contributions to "Sunday Sharing" are shared between RYSEC and this month's sharing partner as we try to contribute to making a more humane world.  This month, we focus on reproductive rights.

Meeting Location

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Jul 17 2022


10:30 am

Zoom Meeting


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  • Jone Johnson Lewis
    Jone Johnson Lewis

    Jone Johnson Lewis serves the Society as Leader (clergyperson). She has been an Ethical Culture Leader since 1991, and has been at Riverdale-Yonkers since 2015. She speaks at the Society once or twice a month, bringing together current issues, personal challenges, and ethical ideas.


The Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture is located near the Fieldston Ethical Culture School campus in the Bronx. Click for a map to find directions:

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