Greetings on the Solstice!

- Posted by QEW Staff in Individuals Taking ActionMeetings Taking ActionSpiritualityTimely,  | 1 min read
Mist and mountains
Solstice Sunrise Atop Mt.Diablo, California. Photo by Kathy Barnhart

I love this part of the winter holidays—when our sense of wonder and light corresponds to the natural pivot point of the solstice. Since June in the northern hemisphere, days have been getting shorter and shorter, with the shortest day today, on December 21. From this point on, days will be longer—at first, the extra daylight is barely perceptible; by spring each day is noticeably longer than the last.

Some years on Solstice morning, I have greeted the sun on the flanks of the tallest mountain in my area, Mt. Diablo, watching as the sun rises to shine on the mountain and brighten the sky. It is always cold, sometimes rainy or misty, always wonderful—full of wonder—to see the sun light up our world.

I want to share this poem with you today from Hafiz—I often use it in workshops that I give, and it never fails to inspire me.

Quaker Earthcare Witness connects us to the living world and supports our leadings toward right relationship with all Creation and environmental justice. Here are some of the things that QEW offers to you and your community:

Hafiz poem: Even after all this
·QEW speakers are available to come to your Monthly/Quarterly/Yearly Meeting/Church. Encourage your Yearly Meeting to invite one of our presenters to be their plenary speaker or to offer a workshop.
 
·Attend our monthly worship-sharing If you have enjoyed these sessions in the past, let people know that by sharing this link with your network 
 
·Read inspiring stories in our quarterly newsletter, showcasing how Friends are addressing the ecological crises of our times.
 
Many thanks to those of you who have given generously to QEW this season. If you have been waiting to donate, you can make this a solstice contribution. Please donate online , or send a check to QEW, PO Box 6787, Albany CA 94706.
 
Warm wishes on this cold, short day, and may it lead to brighter times,
Shelley Tanenbaum, General Secretary