On Sunday, Nov. 2, the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will consider why cultures around the world honor death and departed loved ones at the end of October.
In a presentation entitled “Beyond the Veil,” local author and educator Julie Loar points out that this is the same time as Halloween (All Hallows Eve), and asks what is similar about the feast of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), and All Souls Day.
She will explain the origin and significance of these similar global customs, and how have they survived in an Amercian tradition of costumes, “trick or treat,” witches, goblins and scary ghosts. The service will also reflect on the universal importance of honoring our ancestors.
Loar is the award-winning author of four books and dozens of articles. She teaches internationally and is a recognized expert on ancient Egypt. Her latest book is “Everyday Goddesses: Ancient Myths for Modern Women.”
The children’s program will also look at the different rituals around this time of year that celebrate and honor those who have died. After a cookie decorating project, we will share stories about someone we have lost as a way to honor their memory.
The service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, Unit B-15, Greenbriar Plaza. Turn east on Greenbrier Drive off of North Pagosa by the fire station, then left into the back parking lot and look for the big sign.
For this special seasonal service, you are invited to come in a favorite costume of your choice.
All are welcome.