Winter Solstice on Sunday

The fourth annual Winter Solstice Contemplative Celebration, combining music, readings and meditation, will be held this Sunday.

The fourth annual Winter Solstice Contemplative Celebration, combining music, readings and meditation, will be held this Sunday.

It runs from 4 to 5 p.m. at 250 Beach Ave. (Comox United Church).

Sponsored by the Comox Valley Unitarians, with the Mystic Valley Voices Choir as special musical guests,  this non-denominational service is designed for adults and teenagers or older children who would enjoy such a service.

At the same time, while the adults and youth are at the service, there will be a separate children’s program suitable for ages up to 11 and nursery care for the ‘small ones.’ The annual Christmas/Solstice potluck dinner and variety show will be held after the service.

The word solstice literally means “sun standing still.” At the moment of the winter solstice, the path of the sun in the sky over the past six months has reached its furthest southern position and now turns northward.

The sun returns and the days get longer. It is no wonder then, that almost all traditions and ancient cultures have celebrated the return of the sun. At the same time, this solstice celebration celebrates the dark with the light.

The public is welcome to this celebration and dinner. Before the service, join the Early Bird Sing anytime after 3:30 p.m., which is child-friendly and open to all ‘young-minded’ folks.

Although last-minute guests can be accommodated, it helps planning for this event only if you can RSVP for the dinner or for children who will be attending the separate children’s program.

For more information or to RSVP, call 250-890-9262 or visit www.cvuf.ca.

The only ‘cost’ is a free-will offering. Unitarians gather as a free community of spiritual seekers, and welcome all people of different traditions and beliefs.

— Comox Valley Unitarians