Silent Supper

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Date(s) - 10/27/2018
5:45 pm - 9:00 pm

UU Church of Manchester


Hey Folks! Wanna know what a “Silent Supper” really is? Looking for a way to be more mindful as autumn settles in? Feeling a need to connect more deeply with yourself, your ancestors, or recently departed loved ones? Samhain (aka Halloween) approaches, and in days of old, as well as in a number of neo-pagan traditions, this is the time of year when the veil between the worlds of the living and those passed from us is thought to be at its thinnest. With all of the harvesting for the year done (or close to it), it’s also a great time for introspection and preparation for the long winter ahead. To that end please join with us on Saturday, October 27th, beginning at 5:45 PM (for In Gathering and putting out the food) for a Potluck “Silent Supper”. This will be held in the Fellowship Hall as a potluck Celebration of the season, the harvest, and our dearly departed, both recent and long past. We’ll be enjoying the foods of the season together. Please see Chris or Craig Monroe, Ann or Ken Butenhof, Carol Knieriem, Noel Villiard, or Pam or Bruce Hoskins for details on foods to bring and what to expect! We hope to have an evening of fun, mindful introspection, good food, and perhaps, dare I say it…some sharing of sacred space together. We will start with a short opening ritual to cast a sacred circle and invite the god, goddess and deceased loved ones
to join us. Then…we will eat together in total silence! Hence the “silent” part of the “Silent Supper”. We will close the celebration by opening the sacred circle, socializing and, if so moved, sharing our experiences of the silent meal with one another. The evening should end by about 8:30 or 9 PM.
Fair warning, part of what makes this kind of celebration so incredibly moving and special is the total silence and “upluggedness” of the supper. To that end, while dining, our only lighting will be candlelight and all things electronic (to the extent feasible) will be turned off! In addition, this
kind of event is not appropriate for young children, as they will not necessarily understand the importance of complete silence during dinner. You are invited to bring (in addition to a dish for sharing) pictures or mementos of loved ones, which will be prominently displayed at the supper.
Candles will also be provided, which can be lit in memory of loved ones who have passed.

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