Sacred Circles, Public Squares

The Multicentering of American Religion

Sacred Circles, Public Squares

This study of the religious landscape of Indianapolis -- the summative volume of the Lilly Endowment's Project on Religion and Urban Culture conducted by the Polis Center at IUPUI -- aims to understand religion's changing role in public life. The book examines the shaping of religious traditions by the changing city. It sheds light on issues such as social capital and faith-based welfare reform and explores the countervailing pressures of "decentering" -- the creation of multiple (sub)urban centers -- and civil religion's role in binding these centers into one metropolis. Polis Center Series on Religion and Urban Culture -- David J. Bodenhamer and Arthur E. Farnsley II, editors

The Sacred Circle

The Sacred Circle

Brianna Sage and Devlin Janus have experienced the worst disaster a modern-day witch can face-a Sacred Circle that backfires and kills their best friend. Banished from the coven for the tragedy, each has vowed to never practice the art of magic again. And then the unthinkable happens. Brianna’s mother, a highly competent high priestess, is intentionally trapped inside a Sacred Circle and left to die. Returning home, the pair is swept into an unexpected marriage intended to halt the current health epidemic sweeping the commune. Invoking her rights as interim High Priestess, Brianna pools her magical talents with Devlin to retrieve her mother’s body from the Circle. However, when the cleansing is done, they are faced with two even-greater obstacles—handling their growing attraction for one another and convincing the Elder Council there is a master of dark magic amongst them. Bent on exposing the sinner, Brianna evokes an ancient ritual called The Weaving, which she hopes will lure the sinner out of hiding. However, as it did in the past, the invocation backfires and she is soon engaged in a life-and-death struggle with the sinner in the Sacred Clearing. Then Devlin becomes an unexpected pawn in their struggle and Brianna is forced to take drastic measures to save him. Summoning all her hereditary powers, Brianna initiates a radical witches’ pyramid to reinvent the original curse. But will she need to sacrifice the love of her life before it can succeed? Sensuality Level: Sensual

The Adena People

The Adena People