The winter solstice occurs when one of the earth's poles has its maximum tilt away from the sun thus creating the longest night of the year in the Western hemisphere. Since ancient times, people all over the world have recognized this astronomical occurrence and celebrated the subsequent return of the sun in a variety of ways. Those old solstice traditions have influenced the holidays we celebrate today. In recent times, people have used the celebrations of the winter and summer solstices as events to spark the imagination about the absence and the abundance of sunlight. Both Dominican and Franciscan spiritualities acknowledge the ways in which Brother Sun participates in the sacred preaching of creation in accord with the plan set forth by Divine Mystery. No matter one's spiritual leanings, this experience allows people to contemplate the goodness of the seasons and how their rhythms form our sense of life's journey with wonder. The celebration begins at 6:30 p.m. and will include prayer, time for reflection and sharing.  Reservations are required. A meal of soup and bread is included with the $20 fee. chiaracenter.org. 217-523-0901

Winter Solstice

Evening Saturday, Dec. 21,

6:30 p.m.

Chiara Center

4875 Laverna Road

217-523-0901

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