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Yule / Winter Solstice

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A Primer for Nonpractitioners

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Applying a UU Lens

Ideas for Engagement

Key Lessons for UUs

The Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur can provide UUs with important reminders and lessons. Explore further for ways to engage in respectful ways with these lessons.

Ways to Engage

These suggestions are intended for use by non-practicioner UUs to lift up, learn from, and appreciate this day. This page is not telling active practicioners how/what to do, as they have their own spiritual and cultural resources.

UU Resources

UU Hymns / Other Songs

UU Readings

UU Articles and Books

Resonant UU Beliefs

 

UU Principles
  • 2) Justice, equity and compassion in human relations

  • 3) Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth

  • 5) The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process

UU Shared Values
  • transformation

  • generosity

UU Theology Statements (Stones/Rocks)
  • Salvation is in this lifetime

UU Connections

Overview

Resources:

https://www.uua.org/worship/words/ceremony/292649.shtml

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIIUKtVTON0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4W4KDMMbnLk

 

Deck the Halls

Here we come a-wassailing

Boar's head carol

Holly and the Ivy

Carol of the Bells (started ukrainian pagan, switched to "merry christmas" lyrics, but can resub with "merry yuletide"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ra7b_IuS3Z8

Hymn voice still and small #?

 

STLT #55 Dark of Winter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5fiEt8LOlA 

o Dark of winter, soft and still, your quiet calm surrounds me. Let my thoughts go where they will; ease my mind profoundly. And then my soul will sing a song, a blessed song of love eternal. Gentle darkness, soft and still, bring your quiet to me.

o Darkness, soothe my weary eyes, that I may see more clearly. When my heart with sorrow cries, comfort and caress me. And then my soul may hear a voice, a still, small voice of love eternal. Darkness, when my fears arise, let your peace flow through me.

 

#58 Ring Out, Wild Bells

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbnsIydaYYg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVEAt8v7b_g

o Ring out, wild bells, to the wild, wild sky, the flying cloud, the frosty light: the year is dying in the night; ring out, wild bells, and let it die.

o Ring out the old, ring in the new, ring, happy bells, across the snow: the year is going, let it go; ring out the false, ring in the true.

o Ring out the grief that saps the mind for those that here we see no more; ring out the feud of rich and poor; ring in redress to humankind.

o Ring out false pride in place and blood, the civic slander and the spite; ring in the love of truth and right; ring in the common love of good.

#235 Deck the Hall with Boughs of Holly (Yule song, predating Christmas)

o Deck the hall with boughs of holly, fa la la la la, la la la la.

'Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la, la la la la.

Don we now our gay apparel, fa la la la la la, la la la.

Troll the ancient Yuletide carol, fa la la la la, la la la la.

o See the blazing Yule before us, fa la la la la, la la la la.

Strike the harp and join the chorus, fa la la la la, la la la la.

Follow me in merry measure, fa la la la la la, la la la.

While I tell of Yuletide treasure, fa la la la la, la la la la.

o Fast away the old year passes, fa la la la la, la la la la.

Hail the new, ye lads and lasses, fa la la la la, la la la la.

Sing we joyous all together, fa la la la la la, la la la.

Heedless of the wind and weather, fa la la la la, la la la la.

 

#238 Within the Shining of a Star

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtUEspA3se0

o Within the shining of a star we catch a glimpse of who we are; in every infant born we see the hope of our nativity.

o The miracle of each new birth can shake and save the stony earth; triumphantly the newborn's cry strikes echoes from the waiting sky.

 

STJ#1063, Winter Solstice Chant

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_7PAs6I6fA

  1. Children of the Earth, we have come to sing to each other, Sister to Brother, songs of our Mother Earth.

  2. Children of the Earth, Autumn soon will breathe her last breath and quick will her death bear witness to Winter’s Birth.

  3. Children of the Earth, can you feel the air getting cold as darkness takes hold and sleep covers Mother Earth?

  4. Children of the Earth, we have come to sit in the darkness, breathe in the silence, think of our Mother Earth.

Resources:

https://www.uua.org/worship/words/ceremony/292649.shtml

 

 

 

 

STLT #55 Dark of Winter

o Dark of winter, soft and still, your quiet calm surrounds me. Let my thoughts go where they will; ease my mind profoundly. And then my soul will sing a song, a blessed song of love eternal. Gentle darkness, soft and still, bring your quiet to me.

o Darkness, soothe my weary eyes, that I may see more clearly. When my heart with sorrow cries, comfort and caress me. And then my soul may hear a voice, a still, small voice of love eternal. Darkness, when my fears arise, let your peace flow through me.

 

#58 Ring Out, Wild Bells

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbnsIydaYYg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVEAt8v7b_g

o Ring out, wild bells, to the wild, wild sky, the flying cloud, the frosty light: the year is dying in the night; ring out, wild bells, and let it die.

o Ring out the old, ring in the new, ring, happy bells, across the snow: the year is going, let it go; ring out the false, ring in the true.

o Ring out the grief that saps the mind for those that here we see no more; ring out the feud of rich and poor; ring in redress to humankind.

o Ring out false pride in place and blood, the civic slander and the spite; ring in the love of truth and right; ring in the common love of good.

 

#72 Has Summer Come Now, Dawning

o Has summer come now, dawning amidst the winter's snows? And shall we nest the tiny birds within the pine tree's boughs? And shall we nest the tiny birds within the pine tree's boughs?

o Already now the candles have blossom'd on the tree to light the longest winter night for all of us to see, to light the longest winter night for all of us to see.

o The old one now made youthful, just like a child at play, the bending back now straighten'd so in our hearts we pray, the bending back now straighten'd so in our hearts we pray.

o In all our hearts is kindled a hearthfire so sublime. Would that this yuletide spirit be with us for all time. Would that this yuletide spirit be with us for all time.

 

Religion: Islam

 

Date/s: Autumn, varries. 

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