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Message from the minister…

Happy Winter Solstice!

It is finally here – that transition moment on our calendars when the days begin to lengthen, even as the deep winter freeze sets in.

This is the theme of winter … Hopeful & Challenging … both at the same time.

This year, we have seen all kinds of polarity rise & try to claim our attention: political, social, climate, gender identity, religion &, as always, financial. Winter Solstice reminds us that life is not an “either/or” endeavour.

The light is returning AND the cold can be brutal. Short days & cold weather can bring isolation & suffering AND our social response is to gather, to nurture, to celebrate. We want to make good use of every daylight moment AND the cave-like darkness pulls us toward reflection, introspection & reserve. It is a “both/and” time of year. Bright white glistening pathways calling us outside. Shadowy, cave-like meditation & renewal calling us inward.

This year, our 30th Anniversary Winter Solstice Celebration (10th year at City Hall!), focuses most deliberately on the strength of the natural elements – Air, Fire, Water & Earth – the wisdom & opportunity inherent within each … as we push back against the tendency to divide & separate. Recognizing all the elements of life, in the complexity that brings, is our work as Unitarian Universalists. We will celebrate it on the 21st AND continue doing the work of meaning making & justice building all throughout the year.

I hope to see you at City Hall for Westwood’s …

Winter Solstice Celebration: Sharing the Light.

7pm Thursday December 21, 2018

Blessed be,

Reverend Anne Barker

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