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Fri, Dec 21


Friends Meeting House

The Turning: Winter Solstice

A candle lighting ceremony & circle dance, creating seeds of hope that we plant for the coming year. Music by Sean Frenette and Kat MacMillian.

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The Turning: Winter Solstice
The Turning: Winter Solstice

Time & Location

Dec 21, 2018, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97206, USA

About the event

In the space of a breath – a heartbeat – on Winter Solstice, a fine ray of light shows on the eastern horizon of our dreams. We'll gather on Solstice night!

Dancers and dreamers, artists and activists, workers and wanderers, come! As the Sufi poet Rumi wrote,

Come, come, whoever you are.

Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving.

It doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair!

Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times.

Come yet again, come, come.

We will share a candle lighting ceremony and circle dance as we turn all we are leaving behind into rich compost for the seeds of beauty and hope that we plant for the coming year. Let's bow to this moment of mystery and turn our hearts toward the light.

Kavita Kat MacMillan & Sean Frenette will cast musical nets for us to chant with and dance with that will capture our hearts and intentions. They will be joined by other local poets and artists, soon to be announced!


Friday, Dec. 21, 7:30 PM

Doors open at 7:00 PM


Friends Meeting House

4312 SE Stark St.

Hot cider and sweets to welcome you before the ceremony.

Purchase tickets now! Advance tickets will help us plan the space and the program.


Suggested donation $25 (sliding to $10).

Kids who are comfortable with contemplative spaces are welcome, too. Under 10: free. Or 11-17: $5.

Cash, check, or card at the door. Modest means are not a barrier – everyone is welcome.

Proceeds support Living Earth's Brown Bag program, feeding people who live outdoors.


Living Earth’s programs nurture spiritual resilience and compassionate action. Want to share some warmth and kindness? Please bring new or almost-new hats, scarves, sox, jackets, anything to help folks stay warm, as part of our Winter Warming project.


TRAVEL TIP: Avoid the “Peacock Lane” area that creates dense traffic between Stark & Belmont near SE 41st!

BEST PLAN: Take either E. Burnside to SE 47th or Hawthorne to SE 49th, and cut over to SE Stark. At Stark, turn west to SE 43rd and find street parking.


Join us for this beautiful evening of love, hope, and beauty!

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