PhilaU Celebration of Lights, Sunday, December 4

The Office of Spiritual Development and the Interfaith Council will sponsor a “Celebration of Lights” on Sunday, Dec.  4, at 8 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.  Readings and stories of celebration will be shared.  Traditional foods from a variety of cultures, along with warm cider and hot chocolate, will be served.

Throughout the month of December, the campus community can read about the different festivals in an exhibit at Ted’s Gallery.  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), Eid Ul Adah (Muslim), Yule (Wiccan) and Unitarian-Universalist.

On Thursday, Dec. 1, during the free period, members of the University community can participate in the Celebration of Light Quilting Project at the tables near Ted’s Gallery in Kanbar. Participants will create panels that express how they celebrate the holidays. The panels then will be connected into a quilt and displayed as part of the Celebration of Lights exhibit.

The Celebration of Lights also 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 Campus Center Living Room. 

Each of these ornaments will contain information about families in need and a gift that they have requested. Those who choose to do so can “adopt” a family by taking one of the ornaments and providing the gift requested.   ALD will deliver the gifts to the Salvation Army where they will be distributed to the matching family.

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