Winter Solstice Gathering
Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, 7:30 pm
Doors open at 7:00 pm
Friends Meeting House
4312 Southeast Stark St. (map)
Register here. Suggested donation $20 (sliding up or down). To register more than one person, enter total contribution in the bottom field; in the comment field, let us know how many will attend.
Children and youth who are comfortable participating in simple contemplative activities are very welcome! Under age 10, free; ages 11-17, $5 suggested. Cash, check, or card can also be offered at the door.
In the space of a breath – a heartbeat – on Winter Solstice, a fine ray of light pauses on the farthest horizon of our dreams. The timeless dance unfolds with Earth twirling among the stars, ever circling the sun, like a desert dervish forever circling God. Solstice reminds us in that moment that we belong here, we too are a vibrant part of the turning planets and stars – we too are timeless. So on Solstice night, we’ll gather to celebrate.
Kavita MacMillan will cast musical nets around our hearts for us to chant with and dance with as the evening unfolds.
Dancers and dreamers, artists and activists, workers, wanderers, lovers, loners, strangers and kin, come! As the Sufi poet Rumi wrote,
Come, come, whoever you are.
Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving.
It doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair!
Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times.
Come yet again, come, come.
With music and poetry, a community candle lighting ceremony and circle dances, we’ll transform all we are leaving behind into rich compost, sweet soil for the seeds of goodness that we’re planting for the coming year.
Come for community, poetry, shared ritual, and simple circle dance, and bow to this moment of mystery as we turn our hearts and faces toward the light. Hot tea, cider, and sweets will welcome you before the ceremony.
Note: Food is not allowed in the gathering hall, and beverages must be in containers with secure lids; there is a water fountain just outside the hall. The room is carpeted and chairs are provided. If you prefer floor-sitting, feel free to bring a cushion or pad for your comfort.
Register here. Suggested donation $20 (sliding up or down as you choose).
Your Winter Solstice contribution supports our Climate Dharma programs, our Brown Bag program providing food to people living outdoors, and other ongoing activities.
Living Earth’s programs nurture spiritual resilience and compassionate action. To share warmth with people in need, please bring new or almost-new hats, scarves, sox (new), jackets, shawls – anything that can help keep the community warm, as part of our Community Compassion project.
Directions – The BEST PLAN: Take either E. Burnside to SE 47th or Hawthorne to SE 49th, and cut over to SE Stark. At Stark, turn west to SE 43rd and find street parking. Bike stands are in front of the building and just to the east of the entry.Note: The “Peacock Lane” area between Stark & Belmont creates dense traffic near SE 41st!
Join us for a warm hearted evening of love, hope, and beauty! Advance tickets help us with planning, and modest means are not a barrier. Everyone is welcome, everyone. Donations are also accepted at the door.