Soul Of Darkness, Heart Of Light


For 29 years now, people have gathered in the sanctuary at First Universalist Church to join in a service honoring the darkest night of the year and joyously celebrating the return of the light. The service is on December 20 at 3400 Dupont Avenue. All are welcome

The sanctuary opens at 7 p.m. with quiet music and the service begins at 7:30p.m.  The service includes long periods of quiet meditation and twelve minutes of complete darkness which may be disconcerting for young children.  

Solstice celebrations include an open labyrinth walk from 5 p.m. to 7p.m. on the beautifully etched Chartres style labyrinth followed by a ritual supper of cold finger foods. Participants are asked to contribute to the meal and an empty bowl is placed on the table to remind us that whatever we have is sufficient.

“Generations Solstice: Soul of Darkness, Heart of Light,” the theme this year, draws on the wisdom of the generations, honoring all life’s stages. The service includes quiet meditation, chanting, progressing from light to darkness, with twelve minutes of complete darkness, then progressing back to light again. The spreading of the light, with the entire sanctuary illuminated by candlelight, is one of the most moving parts of the evening.  The service culminates in the triumphant return of the sun, accompanied by singing and dancing. The celebration continues after the service, with music, dancing, and ginger cookies in the social hall.

Please consider bringing a non perishable item to be donated to the Joyce Food Shelf which serves our community.