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A falling mist finally brought wintry weather
to North Texas, but it only seemed
to make the Cathedral of Hope’s
brighter. The light
on the John Thomas AIDS Memorial Bell
was a beacon to travelers struggling
to the event on slick, traffic-snarled
In the quiet moments before the seating
saxophonist Lee Schloss
caught up with fellow musician Lisa.
Awaiting the crowd, little red-headed Grace
Rebecca explored the stone floor …
… and gazed at the proceedings.
Brother Mark Fowler waited at the front
door to accept
food pantry donations and winter clothing for the coat drive.
In the center of the narthex (aka lobby),
a tree-top angel
seems swamped by her
voluminous gold attire.
Lisa ‘s bass waits for her in the
…while across the sanctuary a young
waited and wrapped herself for warmth.
The intricacy of the church’s narthex
gold and blue finery was
Feed the amphibian! The donation frog
dollars to help fund the evening
at the main event table in the narthex.
Jo Wharton of Cranes
Fly for Peace taught
how to fold origami peace cranes
for the upcoming
Women’s Peace Conference.
Benjamin spun musical magic up front ...
… people gathered in the beautifully
decorated sanctuary …
… with a giant wreath overhead.
Tex Frossard and Dianne Griffin perused
eight-page program after a long work
Meanwhile, in nearby Fellowship Hall, the
peanut butter and jelly
had a snowman to bring out the kid in us all.
A basket was filled with offerings of sweet
breads created by volunteer bakers.
Jennifer Walz of Sentient Photography readied the set and
so people can pose for digital pics with Father Winter.
Ed Townley as Father Winter, described by
attendee as a walking hug, has
never looked better.
A loaf of savory bread by BreadWinners waits
be unbagged next to a bowl of
fresh cool oranges.
Back in the kitchen, Ella St. Clair had
Green and red bell papers slices wait to
be added to cream cheese …
… while the amazing Dining Room Diva,
added more goodies to the cookie table.
Wild woman Baba Yaga, portrayed by Valery
the early crowd, and later on sized up people
and affixed a sticker proclaiming
them naughty or nice.
Children were fascinated by the glittery
A cameraman prepared his equipment to start
videotaping the service.
Cathy Harmon of Grapevine
the audience in
loosening up …
… then demonstrated a yoga pose
to reach up …
… and then out to create a Circle
Ending in the blessing namaste — the divine
in me recognizes the divine in you
as shown by Susannah Garza and her daughter Janie with David behind them.
Then we shifted to our heart, focusing on
our heartbeat …
… feeling it expanding out to those
around us as the common bond we share …
in a swaying, tapping, inspiring ritual
therapist Michael Kenny called "One Heart
… linking us all.
Storyteller Peggy Helmick-Richardson totally
herself into the Shinto
legend of Amateratsu …
… with Gene Helmick-Richardson sounding
wise on the ways of gods and goddesses.
People drew attentive and focused as the
wrapped around us, drawing us
closer to one another.
Ya Elbe sang "Dona
Nobis Pacem," a chant of peace in many languages,
showing that what’s
is to learn to live in peace.
After the Saying of Names ritual, in which
we honored those
who died during the
previous year, dancer Karen
moved "Across the Universe" to connect us with each other.
After our Solstice Passage of three intense
minutes in silent
we were led into the
gentle dawn light in a rebirthing
an ordained student of Thich Nhat Hanh,
ourselves to receive self forgiveness …
… and go deep within into meditation.
The morning stars had one last time to
before the symbolic daybreak.
Dancers from Syrns of the Myst celebrated
of a fresh new day with a
blur of veils in pink ...
… green, purple and blue …
… and the orange of a rising Sun …
concluding on stage with the Syrns band
in “Holly Holy.”
In the audience, attendees watched the stage …
… and the action on large video screens
high on the wall …
… while Baba
Yaga took a break without
Tom Prasada-Rao and Cary Cooper, sang
with their guest percussionist who wore an unusual straw hat …
… while event creator and producer
Amy Martin smiled with delight,
Singer Cary Cooper reflected back to childhood
in a song.
Geoffrey Ricketts was passionate in his
performance of “I am the Walrus” on harp.
A mother and her young boy watched from
the narthex …
… where the Sun and Moon dancers of
got ready to lead the final dance
Performance poet Fran Carris brought words
to life as
interacted with his jazzy trumpet.
SOMOS — Charity Lankford, TP Pas, Lainey
Bernstein and Jen Wanamaker —
enjoyed the applause after singing Sweet Honey and the Rock's "We Are
Lainey looked beautiful as usual against
a backdrop of tree lights.
Gate elfs Suzannah Garza, daughter Janie
and friend move the Sun gate into place.
Stage wizards Rodney Steman and Rande Wagner
moved the silvery Moon gate into
… and then HappyShel began
a rhythm on his drone box,
signaling Michael Kenny and friends to begin their final song.
The audience, led by Ya Elbe and Syrns
danced through the Sun Gate …
… and the Moon Gate, refreshed
renewed for a new cycle of life.
In nearby Fellowship Hall, healthy fruits,
grains awaited ...
... bringing a
smile to a mother and child.
packed them away for next year's celebration,
two little girls raced through
the sun and moon.
An attendee looked splendid in a gold wreath
... and Lisa Martin playfully photographed
as he shot one
last photo of rosy Grace Rebecca.
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