THE NEW BIRTH
I stood under the sky and beheld the loving presence,
Radiant in a new glory,
And within my soul was the fresh stirring of limitless joy,
And I knew that I had overcome all sorrow,
And in the blessed fragrance of that moment that would last forever;
I knew that I had given birth to a child who had given birth to a new universe.
-Ali Wassil, Ph.D., World Scriptures Vol.2, page 119
December 21st is the last Sunday before December 25th, the time of the traditional Christmas. The 25th of December is the time when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus in the manger in the city of Bethlehem. It is right that this celebration should continue.
At the same time, the notion of birth needs to be expanded to be a time for people of all faiths to celebrate together and as one body help to bring in a most powerful New Year. Just this past week the television station PBS So. Cal. spoke about the name “interfaith” and the fact that people of interfaith persuasion tend to celebrate the Holy Day Season in different ways. We of the Unity-and-Diversity World Council, along with help from a new group called Spiritual Salons, a week ago presented an Interfaith Celebration of Light. The event had almost twenty sponsors and co-sponsors sharing together some focus on the light coming from our various religious and spiritual traditions.
The mystery religions celebrated at this time of the year before Christianity was born, and it took a number of years before Christians were willing to have their major celebration of the year at this same time, especially because Jesus was not born in December. Now what is happening is that this same season is becoming a time for all faiths to celebrate together as they prepare for a powerful New Year. The potential power of religions working together is immense, and the strength of this common purpose is sufficient to solve many of the social problems which we face around the world today.
The time from December 25th to January 1st is an excellent time to go within and search for resolutions which are powerful in moving our lives constructively forward in the New Year. UDC will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015, so it is especially important for us. You are cordially invited to share the Holy Day Season in this way.
Spirit is One; paths are many!