Winter SolstiCelebration

The Wandering Druid, Father Winter (Ed Townley), and Mother Winter (Valery Guignon). Photo by Jennifer Walz.

The theme of this year’s Winter SolstiCelebration was “joy and wonder”. It was joyous and wonderful.

Winter SolstiCelebration is not a Pagan event, though there were plenty of Pagans involved. Amy Martin’s tribe is a smorgasbord of alternative religions. It’s always been an interfaith event – this year it seemed more interfaith than most. Perhaps that’s because it was co-produced by the Center for Spiritual Living. Whatever the reason, it worked. Of the five SolstiCelebrations I’ve attended (including participating in the last three) this was the best.

For me, the highlight of the service was the choir, a combined effort of the Center for Spiritual Living and Unity Dallas. They did a unique arrangement of “Amazing Grace” and a rendition of “Halleluiah Anyhow” that got everyone on their feet quite spontaneously.

It wasn’t a cure for work-related stress, but it helped. A lot.

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About John Beckett

I grew up in Tennessee with the woods right outside my back door. Wandering through them gave me a sense of connection to Nature and to a certain Forest God. I’m a Druid graduate of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, the Coordinating Officer of the Denton Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans and a former Vice President of CUUPS Continental. I’ve been writing, speaking, teaching, and leading public rituals for the past eleven years. I live in the Dallas – Fort Worth area and I earn my keep as an engineer.


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