Friday, December 19, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Finding peace in the holiday hustle

By
From page A1 | December 15, 2011 |

Join in

The Longest Night Service

When: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Unitarian Universalist Church, 27074 Patwin Road

FYI: Donations of wool and fleece scarves, hats and socks for the Interfaith Winter Rotating Shelter will be collected

Blue Christmas Service

When: 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Davis Community Church, 412 C St.

Peace on Earth, good will toward man/woman/child seems to be found more readily in holiday cards than in real life.

It doesn’t take a long time to think of a handful of emotion-filled events just within the past six months. People are occupying and protesting, while others are rioting and revolutionizing. Corrupt leaders are suspected of atrocities, while others are awaiting sentencing for the same.

On top of that, it’s nearly winter. The days are sunny with a strong nip in the air. The nights are frigid and continue to get longer until the winter solstice on Dec. 22.

For these reasons and others, this season is one of the toughest for many people to endure.

In an effort to lighten up these dark days, local churches are opening their doors in nontraditional services to reach out to the community and bring peace back to the center of the season.

“There is a deep sense of need,” said the Rev. Beth Banks of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis. “It’s not just pushing back against the commercialization of Christmas. It’s about the winter solstice. It’s the darkest time of the year, and it’s a great time for reflection.”

Reflection is a key point to the Longest Night Service at the church, 27074 Patwin Road, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The service will feature individual and special singing, reading, candle-lighting and times of quiet. It is considered a “spiritual” service and not a “religious” service. It is open to everyone.

“They’ll have the opportunity to drop down into a deeper place of themselves because they’re sitting in community,” Banks said. “We will also have music that will move them to that place; we’ll have silence that they rarely find, with readings that will be evocative and appeal to their senses. And music that will be healing.”

Music and meditation are also a part of the ecumenical Blue Christmas Service from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Davis Community Church, 412 C St. This service, which also includes Yolo Hospice, is also open to everyone.

It will feature singing, prayer, meditation and candle-lighting. After the meeting, leaders from the various faiths will be on hand to answer questions.

“This service, based on a variety of Christian faith traditions, will offer a quiet time for prayer and meditation, enabling the community to come together in support to find hope during this holiday season,” a Yolo Hospice news release said.

At the Longest Night Service, community members may light candles for the loss of a loved one, a personal disappointment or for any reason they have. But mostly, they can relax and take in the songs by the Threshold Choir of Davis, instrumental music and readings.

“The music is meditative and contemplative,” said Laura Sandage, who will lead the worship along with Karen Klussendorf. “It’s not like a rousing singalong. Most are very soft with few words that are designed to focus your attention. The words are about opening your heart and wellness.”

The Unitarian Universalist Church has hosted the service for the past eight years. Banks, who has been the church’s pastor since 2000, says there is a noticeable difference in some people as  they leave.

“When people leave, they always say, ‘Thank you,’ usually followed by, ‘Now I’m ready,’ ” she said. “I don’t know what they are ready for, but they feel they are ready for what’s next.

“When you do something in community, you see you are with others,” she added. “The more you learn about people, you learn you are not alone.”

Donations of wool and fleece scarves, hats and socks for the Interfaith Winter Rotating Shelter will be collected at the service.

— Reach Kim Orendor at korendor@davisenterprise.net

Comments

comments

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    UCD, UC team up to study effects of climate change

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Teens’ goal? Helping other soccer players around the world

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Konditorei presents free holiday concert

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Welcome 2015 with Mumbo Gumbo at a gala bash

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Luminaria display planned in West Davis

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Sierra Club calendars on sale Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Creative women share food, friendship

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Author! Author! UCD hosts talks, Q and A on Asia-focused books

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Blue Christmas service planned at Davis churches

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Willett bench is a labor of love

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A4

     
    Libraries will be closed around the holidays

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    See diving ducks at city wetlands tour

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5 | Gallery

     
    Downtown gift cards get a new perk

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

     
    Nobel Prize winner will discuss research related to autism

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

    A home for the holidays?

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8 | Gallery

     
    Traditional carols service is Saturday at St. Martin’s

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

    Explorit: Experience nano this spring

    By Lisa Justice | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    Supplies collected for victims of abuse

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

    Grandmothers support group meets weekly

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11, 1 Comment

     
    Soup’s On will benefit NAMI-Yolo

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

    Donate to STEAC at Original Steve’s

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    .

    Forum

    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A14

     
    Cheers and Jeers: Have you ever seen the rain?

    By Our View | From Page: A14

    Defeating Ebola involves medicine, and prayers

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A14 | Gallery

     
    Kudos to Central Park Gardens donors and volunteers

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A14

    .

    Sports

    Devil boys hold off scrappy Rio Linda

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Lady Blue Devils rout an undefeated Liberty squad

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    UCD RB coach Wright heads to Florida; what next?

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

     
    Aggies nab junior college defensive lineman

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Cousins is back in lineup but Kings fall

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Nostra-Dunning makes his 2014 bowl picks

    By Bob Dunning | From Page: B2

    Tennyson’s first goal is the difference in Sharks win

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B6 | Gallery

     
    .

    Features

    Name droppers: Trio elected to academy of inventors

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    .

    Arts

    DMTC plans New Year’s Eve party

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A15

     
    Tom Rigney and Flambeau to play

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A15

     
    DMTC announces auditions for ‘Sweeney Todd’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A15

     
    ‘Before Midnight’ screening is tonight

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A15

     
    .

    Business

    After 19 years, Alfa Romeo returns

    By Ann M. Job | From Page: A16

     
    .

    Obituaries

    Rena Sylvia Smilkstein

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

     
    .

    Comics