The seasons continue cycling through the year. We stand at the mid-point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Many cultures celebrate this occasion by saying farewell to winter and welcoming spring. We’ll be doing it too, drawing on Jewish, pagan and Japanese sources. Expect stories about trees, fish and incantations driving out demons and welcoming in happiness. Chalice Choir sings. Order of Service
In between the closing of the old year and the unfurling of the new, we come together in a ritual of reflection, letting go, and looking forward. Fire Communion is an opportunity to cast the emotional baggage of the old year into the flames and, lighter in spirit, set our intentions for the year to come.
Have you noticed the invitations to sacred circle dancing and wondered what it’s all about? Mairy and Mary will share how circle dance became an important part of their spiritual journeys. A group of Unitarians will demonstrate some of the dances to songs from Singing the Living Tradition. During the service, you’ll be invited to sing or tap your toes or dance in the aisles. Our mantra in circle dance is: There are no wrong steps, only variations. All variations are welcome – even two left feet. Click below to see the text of our two talks and additional information. Dancing the Living Tradition Reflections Pianist: Eric Wyness Soloist: Nicola Hamilton
Ancestors (clock-wise from upper right): Kate Austin Cooper, Paul Best, Caleb Rich*, Olive Higgins Prouty Music: Bagatelles Beethoven (1) E. Dainow, piano “Beethoven” / Rosemary Brown** Bagatelle op.119 no. 11 Beethoven Encountering our Ancestors XI (scripts by Steven Epperson) To celebrate the memory of our ancestors: A Samhain Invocation*** Paul Best (1590–1657) Early English Unitarian Eric Wyness Caleb Rich (1750–1821) Universalist Preacher Bennett Mitten Kate Austin Cooper (1864–1902) Universalist/Anarchist Leonie Armstrong Olive Higgins Prouty (1882–1974) Author Naomi Taylor *Photo of Richard Eddy, stand in for Caleb Rich. ** Rosemary Brown claimed that the great composers transmitted or dictated their newest compositions to her. So it is appropriate to play one of these pieces at this time of year when the veil between the living and the dead is said to be the thinnest. Elliott *** Modern Pagans view the world as a great Circle, majestically turning through the four Quarters of the … Continued