Reflections

A Magazine of Theological and Ethical Inquiry from Yale Divinity School

WATER

Author: 
Philip Larkin

If I were called in
To construct a religion
I should make use of water.

Going to church
Would entail a fording To dry, different clothes;

My liturgy would employ Images of sousing,
A furious devout drench,

And I should raise in the east A glass of water
Where any-angled light Would congregate endlessly. 

Issue Title: 
How Firm a Foundation? Churches Face the Future
Issue Year: 
2009