Celebrations are ancient cultural phenomena that help define a community and shape our lives as individuals. They reflect our understanding of the world and through them we affirm our values and bring meaning to our lives.
Here at the First Unitarian Society we celebrate the cycle of the seasons: the spring equinox, the summer solstice, the autumnal equinox, the winter solstice. We acknowledge the changing seasons through inter-generational, participatory events incorporating music, poetry, theatrics, dance, reflection, food and festivity. Various traditions from our agrarian past are re-cast to create holiday celebrations with modern sensibilities.
These solar holidays punctuating the turning year are appropriate celebrations for everyone, but especially for humanists, Unitarian Universalists, naturalists, agnostics and atheists. Today, when we have distanced ourselves from the natural world in so many ways, it is harder and harder to recognize our role in the web of life or appreciate the fragility of the biosphere. Our seasonal celebrations provide opportunities to affirm our earth-centered values, to find our rightful place in the cycle of life and to revel in awe and wonder at the beauty of this world, our home.
Celebrate the Cycle of the Seasons
- Groundhog’s Day (Cross-quarter): Night of Awe
- Vernal Equinox: Pageant of Spring
- Summer Solstice:
- Lammas (Cross-quarter): First Harvest
- Autumnal Equinox:
- Winter Solstice
Join the Team
Have time for meetings and planning? We meet at 7 PM, the first Wednesday of the month.
- Choose themes for solstice and equinox celebrations
- Find poems and prose or write short presentations
- Make suggestions for music
- Plan and organize decorations and meals for the events
- Prepare handbills and articles for FUS publications and the website
- Recruit volunteers to help with events