In the deep Mid-Winter

Winter Solstice- Wikipedia:

“Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied from culture, but most northern hemisphere cultures have held a recognition of rebirth, involving holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations around that time.
In neolithic times…the winter solstice may have been immensely important because communities were not certain of living through the winter.”
Hello SANCTUARY NYC Friends,
We are in the “deep mid-winter” which the songs sing terms of light and darkness that is.
December 21st marks the winter solstice, which begins the reversal from days of diminishing length and longer darker nights, into a slow lengthening of daylight hours.
We have been observing the theme “Expectant Waiting” this month of December, as we have looked at the inner process of preparing a place for the new to be born in us. We have talked about Saturnalia and Christmas, about Hanukkah and about the inner light, about emptying and opening, and about finding that quiet voice which speaks to us as we listen.
Several weeks ago, Jeremy wrote in his newsletter article about the purpose of music in our sacred gatherings. He said that the purpose is not “performance” so much as “going ‘there‘”. As those of you know who have been joining us on Sundays, that metaphor has been one which we have looked at in a lot of ways.
I asked you all to think about “Where is ‘there’?“, and your reflections have been wonderful and inspirational.
It is clear from the many, many religious and cultural festivals, gods, goddesses, re-birth stories and celebrations of light which take place during this time of year, that even if we are not aware of it, something deep is working on us from the collective unconscious during this season. We come together to enact and re-enact rituals and collective affirmations of surviving in the midst of what our liminal brain may still think is the extinguishing of the “light of the world”...literally!
This Sunday, December 25th, Christmas Day, we are thrilled to be looking at the idea, “A Dream Realized”…and to have contributions from numerous SANCTUARY NYC artists on the theme: “Where Is ‘There’?”
This will be a special day, a creative day, one when we come together to celebrate the sacredness of this archetypal time of re-birth.
Can’t wait.
Oh and by the way…we will have heat…and will be back in the main sanctuary.
The City Councilwoman, Gail Brewer told me the Con Ed snafu would be solved by Friday…this Friday.
Love to all,
Rev. Jane

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