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Winter Solstice Drumming a John Knox Church

A friend of mine, Jeff Nichols, has invited the drum circle to be part of their solstice celebration.  The details are shown below. 


Winter solstice sunrise invitation


Malespirit leaders such as Joe Kilikevice and Richard Rohr invite us to be conscious (to "stay awake") through contemplation, the practice of being present to the moment, undefended. Busy lives, obsessive thoughts, unhealthy habits, and our own idea of ourselves (in sum, "ego"), get in the way of the moment. Ego turns out to be an idolatry more serious than graven images and golden calves. The medicine: the practice of stillness, acceptance, raw experience; quieting the critical mind and awakening the appreciative mind. The mystics tell us: practice contemplation, meditation, ritual action -- and the door opens to the miracle of moments happening all around us, all the time.

I invite you this Sunday morning to be present to one such moment--a miracle that visits once per year. Saturday night is the longest night, the Winter Solstice taking place earlier that evening. Sunday morning, Dec. 22, is the beginning of the return on the light. Several of us will rise early to greet it, to light a fire, and hold a drum circle to drum the light back. These are not words, but acts; not understanding, but presence.

Will you join us?

John Knox Presbyterian church in North Olmsted (25200 Lorain Road) is generously hosting us starting at 7:00 am, as the sky begins to lighten. A young man has built a fire ring as his Eagle Scout project, and he will inaugurate it Sunday morning. Park in the rear of the building, and we will gather at the fire circle near the back towards the tree line. We will have coffee, and we will drum outside if possible (although we may go inside if cold or neighbor noise prevent it). If you own a drum, please bring it to use, and bring extras to share if you have them. (If you need a loaner, just let me know.) (Note: Drum circles are a simple, wordless ritual practice anyone can do, and are used frequently on Rohr retreats.) Actual sunrise is 7:52 am; we will conclude well before 9 am so men can continue with their mornings. See below for the announcement from John Knox's e-bulletin.

Thank you, and I hope to see you!


Celebrating Winter Solstice

Attention men: Come to the Winter Solstice Celebration this Sunday, December 22. Meet in the north parking lot of the church at 7:00 am. Join other men in celebrating the end of the longest night of the year and the beginning of a new dawn by drumming around the new fire ring! So, dress in warm clothes and bring a drum if you have one. Rumor has it that Brogan MacMillan, our Eagle Scout who masterminded the fire ring project, will build and light the fire! Join us! Let's make this an annual tradition. Contact Jeff  Nichols at[masked]-3897.

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