Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we are balanced on the cusp of the Winter Solstice — sometimes called the Longest Night. It is the deepest darkness of the year, a time when we are being cooked in the “cauldron of life,” in the Celtic tradition, readying ourselves to embrace our new form in the spring. It is the time when our primal hearts begin to wonder if the sun will ever return and warm the earth so we can jump up and live again. And so today we will be bringing the light, as so many different cultures do at this time of year, reminding ourselves of the hope and promise of the season.
Rev. Leslie Mills grew up in the Milwaukee region as a third-generation UU. She spent time working in a youth program in a science museum before attending seminary at United Theological Seminary in the Twin Cities and then was a settled minister in Elgin, IL before returning to the Twin Cities to live. She has been active in the PrairieStar District and MidWest Leadership School. She is an artist, a musician, and a practitioner of aikido martial arts and has a long history of activism in various social justice movements.
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