The Office of Spiritual Development and Interfaith Council will sponsor a “Celebration of Lights” on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. in the Kanbar Campus Center Living Room. The event is free and open to the University community.
The ceremony will recognize how various faiths celebrate the joy and harmony of light over darkness. Each of the festive elements will be lit, and seasonal music from different traditions will be performed by Philadelphia University’s choir and chamber ensemble, conducted by Steven Gearhart.
Traditional foods from a variety of cultures, along with warm cider and hot chocolate will be served. Readings and stories of celebration will be shared.
The campus community can read about the different festivals in the Ted’s Gallery throughout the month of December. Posters will explain how various faiths celebrate the season using light, including Diwali (Hindu), Chanukah (Jewish), Kwanzaa (African-American), Bodhi Day (Mahayana Buddhism), Advent (Christian), Yule (Wiccan), Eid Ul Adah (Muslim) and Unitarian-Universalist.
On Tuesday, Nov. 30 and Wednesday, Dec. 2, during the free period, students can participate in the Celebration of Light Quilting Project in the Kanbar Living Room. Students can create a panel that tells how they celebrate the holidays. The panels will be connected and displayed with the Celebration of Lights exhibit.
This year the Celebration of Lights will include a “giving tree.” Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD), the First Year Honors Society, working in conjunction with the Salvation Army, will create paper ornaments that will hang on the Christmas tree in the Kanbar Living Room.
Each of these ornaments will contain information about families in need and a gift that they have requested. For those that choose to do so, a family can be “adopted” by taking one of the ornaments. Participants will provide the gift requested, and ALD will deliver the gifts to the Salvation Army, where they will be distributed to the matching family. Click here for more information about the giving tree program.