We have two webinar recordings now available-Solar Options for Congregations and Engaging Active Hope book study:
Solar Options for Congregations: Joy Baxter did a virtual presentation about solar options for congregations for the Main Line PA IPL chapter, and it is now available to all of you! Get the recording.
Engaging Active Hope Book Study: In June, Alison Cornish held a webinar for folks interested in preparing to lead an Engaging Active Hope book study, either virtually or (eventually) in person. The recordings and materials are available here.
It was the longest night. People gathered from near and far, in small groups and large, to share their fears and grief and the darkness in their hearts. A year like no other, this was, Testing us beyond what we’d ever imagined. Day after day, week after week, we found ourselves growing and becoming sturdy because there was no other choice. And the solstice fire was lit and the candles passed and the light of the new year’s dawning lifted our heavy hearts and brought us brightness and hope. — The Longest Night, Julie Middleton
Over eons, as we have insulated ourselves from the natural world, it has ceased to mystify or worry us in the way it did our ancient ancestors; it also ceases to amaze us nearly as often. In letting the solstice pass by, we do more than leave behind some of our ancient history. We also turn our backs on the season of winter. The media portrays the winter season as an enemy to be feared, fought and defeated. Winter, we are told, is to be endured. Yet in wishing away the season of winter, we also wish away the time when we humans might view the world from a different perspective, even marvel at its mysteries, and re-awaken our quiet awe.
Once in our collective history the winter solstice was a time when ordinary people gathered in the dim and dark. They came together for support, and for comfort. “And then the Solstice fire was lit and the candles passed and the light of the new year’s dawning lifted our heavy hearts and brought us brightness and hope.” Might this solstice be a marker of winter within as well as without — a time to gather, to hold the memories of all our human forbearers who faced the dark places in their own lives and the larger dangers of their time in history? May their commitment to follow the light be the spark to our own hopes today!
As we seek to gather our lights in the darkness, to nurture the Spark, we hope you will mark your calendar to join with us in community
Our conference The Long Journey: From Extracting the Past to Cultivating the Future takes place on Sunday afternoon, February 9th, in Scranton, Pittsburgh, or Philadelphia. Learn more and register.