December is a time of great anticipation and often, great letdown. Sandwiched between Thanksgiving and the New Year, two holidays that call us to reflect on our lives and those we hold near and dear, December has become an odd cultural frenzy of buying and celebrating. It seems our clarity about why we are doing this has become increasingly diffuse and our reasons more diverse.
In our Unitarian Universalist faith, our tradition calls us to recognize this time as one of spiritual significance, hosting as it does the celebrations of Christmas, Solstice, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, and even more recently, Festivus, ‘for the rest of us!’
To honor the season, Two Rivers UU Congregation will host its annual Solstice Celebration on Friday, December 21st, at the Third Street Center. The event will be a ritual celebration with music, followed by a bonfire and food and drink. All are welcome! This year there will be a special solstice program for children, simultaneous to the ritual celebration. This evening event is a wonderful opportunity to slow down and reflect on the natural rhythms of life, and together celebrate the return of light.
In our Sunday services we will explore the theme of “expectations.” There will be minister-led services on the 2nd and 16th, and small group discussions on ‘expectations’ on the 9th. I look forward to seeing you then!