Winter Solstice Celebration - Monday, December 21, 7:00-8:30 pm

Solstice Celebration 2013Summit on 16th United Methodist Church is hosting the Annual Winter Solstice Celebration on Monday, December 21, 7:00-8:30 pm.  This is an opportunity to take time out of the Christmas rush and enjoy singing, dancing, drumming and guided meditation in an inter-spiritual gathering that is open to everyone.    The inter-faith evening will bring together elements of a variety of spiritual traditions, with music by the Columbus Women's Drum Chorus, 7th House Moon and members of Summit Singers and Summit Band. Why celebrate the Winter Solstice?

The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year, and marks a turning point toward the return of the light and warmth of summer.   Cultures through history have celebrated at this time of the year, and many people today also feel drawn to mark the solstice.   The Christmas festival itself parallels some of the themes of the winter solstice:  Christ's birth takes place "in the bleak midwinter"; it was heralded by a bright star; and it symbolizes the return of light to a dark world.  It is natural for us to be aware of the seasons, and to be deeply affected by them.  A winter solstice celebration reflects on - and draws attention to - our connection to the natural world.

The Summit solstice celebration will be a movement from the darkness to the light.

Pastor April will welcome the gathering and lead a prayer of thanks.

Elizabeth Reed from the Shalem Center will set the scene by telling us about the ancient Aramaic roots to some of the words we often use in worship, and their connection to pre-Christian cultures. Later she will lead a circle dance.

Rita Carnevale of Spirit Moves Illuminated will lead a guided meditation.

Admission is free.  An offering will be taken to support two local organizations: Freedom School and Faith Mission.