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On Holidays and Rituals

We all share similar ways to mark time, looking to the seasons and special occasions, whether personal, religious or secular.

Lately, I have been reflecting on how much I have relied on the annual appearance of these familiar events for certainty in my life. What to eat, who to celebrate with, selecting gifts, etc.— these rituals provide a sense of comfort and joy (to quote a famous Christmas carol).

The pandemic has brought so much disruption to my daily routine, it is hard to keep track of the days. The uncertainty of world events produces a level of anxiety that I am sure is widely shared.

Although the world will mark the holidays this year, the celebrations and observances will be very different, as much will take place virtually, if at all.

I realize how flexibility and resilience is needed to meet the shock when abrupt change occurs. And I have a greater appreciation for many things I took for granted in the past. I am thankful for my health and that of my family and friends and my heart goes out to those who have suffered adversely because of the pandemic.

On Saturday morning, Ellen Patrick will bring her workshop, Ritual and Grace—A Practice of Reflection to SWC. She will explore the roles of ritual, meditation and prayer in our lives. I can’t think of a better way way to gain support and skills to deal with the challenges of today. You can find out more and register here.

We hope you will join us and can’t wait to welcome you!

Wishing all who celebrate a Happy Hanukkah!

With love and light,


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