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Honoring the spirits of our ancestors

On Sunday, Oct. 31, the timely topic will be “Day of the Dead:  Honoring the Spirits of our Ancestors,” in a presentation by Julie Loar. 

She points out that “The popular American holiday of Halloween, second only to Christmas in money spent and candy consumed, has 

its roots with the ancient Celts.  However, this time of year is also widely celebrated as a time to honor and invoke departed ancestors and spirits in cultures around the world.”

Julie will describe the origins of our holiday icons and symbols and explore Halloween customs and traditions from around the world.  You are invited and encouraged to come in costume, celebrating your ancestors, or any other spirit that inspires you.  

Loar is author of six books and dozens of articles, and is an international teacher and scholar of myth and symbolism.  Her latest book, “Goddesses for Every Day: Exploring the Wisdom & Power of the Divine Feminine Around the World,” has won two national awards. 

 This month the young people and children have been exploring the Hindu religion.  Halloween isn’t a Hindu holiday, but there may be a connection between dressing up in costumes and the way Hindus think of their various gods and goddesses.  Join us for our Children’s Religious Exploration this week, in or out of costumes, for mask making. We will gather to share, sing, and honor each individual as the special being they are.

This is the last Sunday of the month and time for the 9:30 a.m. Sing-a-long before the service. Jean Smith will lead us in learning new songs and hymns..

The service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, Unit B-15, Greenbriar Plaza. Turn east on Greenbriar Drive off of North Pagosa Boulevard by the fire station, then left into the back parking lot and look for the big sign.  All are welcome.