Endings & Beginnings: Dec. 19 and Jan. 1
In the coming weeks we’ll celebrate Earth’s timeless dance through the galaxies just as we approach Winter Solstice. And we’ll turn from 2021 to 2022 with contemplative practice on the first morning of the New Year.
Our Solstice Celebration is SOLD OUT.
We regret there will not be space for walk-ins.
Sliding scale donations from $1 to $50 are appreciated. Both events will be held at the Quaker Meeting Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark. Space will be very limited this year. Note: This venue requests that all who attend confirm they have been vaccinated.
Proceeds will benefit our Mutual Aid programs and the Tribal Community at Warm Springs.We’ll also be accepting donated household and personal hygiene items and good warm clothing at these events. Your support for these programs is much appreciated.
Winter Solstice Celebration
Sunday Dec. 19, 7:00–9:00 pm
Doors will open at 6:30. Hot cider will welcome you in the foyer, with sweets and savory nibbles. Then we’ll climb the stairs or ride the elevator up to share candlelight and ritual, myth and memories, and the magic that Solstice always holds. We’ll be together again this year, but space at the Meeting House will be very limited – the new guidelines permit just 28 participants (less than half our usual numbers). You are welcome to bring something for the altar.
First Morning Meditation & Chant
Sat., January 1, 9:00–11:00 am
Doors will open at 8:40 am for a simple New Year’s Morning program. Our Open Door Dharma gathering will utilize the carpeted upstairs room at the Meeting House for our practice. We’ll chant quietly in Indian and Buddhist traditions accompanied by harmonium, and share periods of silent practice. A chance to reflect on the present moment, friends and connections, will round out the morning on the first day of 2022. Feel free to bring something for the altar. Numbers will be limited, so please note which event you are registering for. Space is limited to just 28 people at each event.
Donations are self-determined at the time you register, suggested between $1 to $50. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, not funded by foundations or deep pockets. Proceeds will benefit Mutual Aid for unhoused or financially tenuous folks in Portland and the Tribal Community at Warm Springs. The Meeting House is at 4312 SE Stark.
TO GET THERE: You’ll want to avoid heavy foot and vehicle traffic for holiday lights on Peacock Lane between Stark and Belmont. Here are the tips:
If driving: Take SE Burnside to 47th Ave., then turn south to Stark. At Stark, turn right to go west and find street parking near 43rd Ave. Or, come via SE Hawthorne to 49th Ave, and turn north on 49th. Continue to Stark and turn left; continue for 6 blockds and look for street parking near 43rd Ave.
Bike or Bus: There are bicycle stands in front to where you can lock your bike, or bikes can be wheeled through the east side gate into the back yard. The three nearest bus lines are a few blocks away. Check Trimet for the routes and times on SE Belmont, or on SE Cesar Chavez, or SE Burnside.
* Public Health Information *
- All who attend will be asked to sign in, affirming you have been vaccinated.
- The Meeting House has significantly limited its capacity due to the pandemic.
- Masking and familiar pandemic safety protocols will be observed.
We respect these rules, even as we recognize the complexities of the pandemic situation.
If you are unvaccinated, hopefully we can reconnect outdoors when weather permits.
Questions? Please contact us.