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joefree1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-20-04 04:02 PM
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Not all who celebrate the solstice are Wiccans, Druids or pagans
Reason for the seasonal celebration? It varies
Monday, December 20, 2004

Not all who celebrate the solstice are Wiccans, Druids or pagans. Some are looking for a way to insulate kids from the commercial blare of Christmas, others want to connect their lives to the rhythms of nature. Here are three who choose to celebrate the solstice.

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The Rev. Kathleen Verigin: Verigin is a spiritual leader at Abundant Life Center in Vancouver (, where she celebrates the solstice and Christmas. "I see them as blends," she says, "so why not celebrate them both?

"I believe this is a time on our planet for blending. For straddling spiritual splits. By offering solstice and Christmas services, we at Abundant Life Center are striving to be welcoming to all. No dogma, no smiting or smoting, just God/Goddess/Spirit/Creator/Higher Power. There are many names for God and many paths to God, but only one presence."

The Rev. Roy Lakey: OK, Lakey is a Druid, the Archdruid for the Order of the Sacred Oaks, and he says a surprising number of believers live in the metropolitan area, perhaps 3,000 to 4,000 people. He and his wife own the pagan supply store Moonshadow, at 3352 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.

He says solstice gifts are spirit-brightening things meant to cheer a person up, and that it's best to give things you've made. The solstice is one of eight holidays on the Celtic calendar, and Lakey celebrates Christmas, too. "We celebrate everything," he says.
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Remember to celebrate the Winter Solstice on Wednesday, December 22, y'all.
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Maat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-21-04 11:11 PM
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1. I need some info.
Edited on Tue Dec-21-04 11:17 PM by Maat
I'm a religious scientist, and we celebrate all paths to God. I guess we blend too.

I have two questions:

1) Was it today, the 21st, or tomorrow, the 22nd? I'm confused.

2) What is a good ceremonial thing to do to celebrate (a simple step - e.g. planting seeds) with my 8-year-old to teach her the basics (it can't be running around a tree naked - first, the police would come around here, and, second, I'm in California, and it is hard to find a decent tree, and third, I'm a baby and can't even be naked when it is in the 60's - a California big baby).

Any info. would be appreciated.

Hey, this is a New Thought Church! It is a 'sister church' to mine, so-to-speak. I'm with the Church of Religious Science (,

We believe in all paths to God, like it says on their website. We believe that with a NEW THOUGHT comes a NEW EXPERIENCE (your thoughts make your experiences).

We new-thought members are very warm and inclusive as exemplified by the Abundunt-life Center that you point to.

Blessings! Thanks for the info.
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