Celebrating the Light Without Cursing the Dark

This time of year we use candles to symbolize so much that is good – “the victory of knowledge over ignorance” in the Hindu festival of Diwali, the preservation of the identity of an entire people during Hanukkah, the return of longer days and spring as we acknowledge the winter solstice, the possibility of the sacred becoming tangible at Christmas, and the endurance of seven core African principles during Kwanzaa.  If we over use images of light and dark, however, we can reinforce negative beliefs about people with browner skin, leave out people with low vision, and ignore forms of spirituality that do not have all the answers.  This week we will explore the beauty of different forms of “dark” and try out some new metaphors to bring richer meaning to this season.

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