Christmas is on a Monday this year, and Echoes is glad to offer a reflective opportunity to the larger community. It is tragic and ironic that Christmas has become the most commercialized day of the year, with enormous pressure to be together with people who are important to us. Sometimes this season is filled with sadness, sometimes we long for something more than perfunctory gift-giving, sometimes we want a break from the harried "feel" that the holidays has become. This evening is designed to be somewhat of a response to these feelings, acknowledging the deeper meaning of God choosing to be born to an unwed, young woman, in poverty, while temporarily homeless.
In the vein of traditional "Lessons and Carols," we will share a time of Readings (includes Biblical story, and poetry/readings from traditional, queer, and communities of color), Art from across centuries, and Carols (both sung and heard). This experience brings in the visual, the auditory, and the imagination to reflect upon what has happened, what is, and what can be.
Ample snacks and warm beverages will be available as well.
The setting is the Whatcom Land Trust (412 N Commercial, in downtown), which is a warm, casual atmosphere, where we will sit in a large circle. Come as you are, there's no need to dress up, and no need to put on a "Christmas-y" persona.
Please send us a message if you have any questions.