Celebrating Winter Solstice / Yule
Tuesday, December 22, 2015.
Winter solstice is the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Traditionally, it is a time of both foreboding and expectancy, as the longest night leads to the return of the sun. “Solstice” in Latin means “the sun standing still.”
The Winter Solstice has become important to both humanists and pagans, who can find common ground in celebrating this occasion. Themes can include light amid darkness; the death of nature and the cycle of life; the darkness just before the dawn; the miracle of every birth.
Faith Without Borders
For everything there is a season—a time to die and a time to be born. With the arrival of winter’s low dark sky, communities around the world look to the miracle of light as a sign of rebirth and a source of hope. We celebrate the promise of new life and recommit ourselves to the protection of everyone’s right to his or her own radiant humanity.
Celebrating the winter holidays is an excellent opportunity for Unitarian Universalist congregations to express their commitment to our Sixth Principle: We covenant to affirm and promote the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all. See Sixth Principle Resources for winter holidays.
From Tapestry of Faith Curricula
Unitarian Universalist Perspectives
Words for Worship Services
- Come we now out of the darkness
- In the Bleak and Cold Winter
- In this small flame dwell
- New Light
- A Christmas Prayer
- Candle Lighting on Christmas Eve
- God of life and beauty:
- In Between
- Meditation on Winter Celebrations
- Prayer of the Earth
- Solstice Prayer
- The Meaning of the Solstice
- The Moment of Magic
- The Rainbow Prayer
- Winter Solstice Meditation
- Determined Seed
- On a Winter Morning
- Winter Meditation