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Muslim Life and Spirit & Pride - Meditation Garden
Check out some Islamic meditation resources compiled by our Muslim Life chaplain Imam Shane Atkinson by scanning the QR code or by clicking here!
Listen to a podcast created by our amazing Spirit and Pride interns: Queer & Divine! Scan the Spotify code or click here.
Muslim life and the Spirit & Pride interns will be handing out self-care bags at their station in the Meditation Garden. Stop by, pick one up, and check out the Truitt Center's self-care resources here!
Kwanzaa - Ampitheater
Kwanzaa is a week-long holiday, from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1, celebrated by many people of the African diaspora. It is a time to reflect on your actions over the previous year in regard to supporting the diaspora and to renew your commitments for the following year. Kwanzaa includes seven days of practice; each day representing one of the seven principles of the Nguzo Saba. These principles focus on different aspects of uplifting and ensuring the wellness of the Black community.
The Center for Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity Education (the CREDE) has a mission to advance the conversation on student diversity education campus-wide and to develop intercultural competence while providing race and ethnicity related advocacy, services, and programs to faculty, staff and students, particularly those from underrepresented and historically marginalized communities. Learn more here!
The Principles of Kwanzaa
Umoja (Unity): maintaining unity as a family, community, and race of people.
Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): defining, naming, and creating and speaking for ourselves.
Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): building and maintaining our community–solving problems together.
Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): building and maintaining retail stores and other businesses and to profit from these ventures.
Nia (Purpose): work collectively to build communities that will restore the greatness of African people.
Kuumba (Creativity): to find new, innovative ways to leave communities of African descent in more beautiful and beneficial ways than the community inherited.
Imani (Faith): the belief in God, family, heritage, leaders, and others that will leave to the victory of Africans around the world.
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Jewish Light - Snow Atrium
The station representing Judaism, sponsored by Hillel, relates to the Festival of Lights because in Judaism, light and hope has been portrayed for many years. Specifically, Hanukkah can be seen as the Festival of Lights because on each of the eight days a candle is lit to commemorate the miracle of light and victory. According to Jewish tradition, after the Maccabees' victory over the Greeks, there was only enough oil to burn for one day in the Temple. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days. Lighting the Hanukkah menorah commemorates that miracle. At our station we will have the voices of our Jewish student singers and a variety of festive treats. Come by to enjoy the Festival of Lights with us and learn more about Jewish Life here.
Buddhist Light - Steers Pavilion
Light plays an integral role in Buddhism and many times represents the elimination of darkness and ignorance in the world and the illumination of the path to enlightenment. Come experience the light of authentic Tibetan butter lamps and participate in our meditation and intention activity.
We based our activity on the “The Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace” celebration in New York, rooted in a traditional Buddhist ceremony and had been adapted by Her Holiness Shinso Ito, Head Priest of Shinnyo-en, one of the highest-ranking woman Buddhist leaders. The celebration traditionally involved people writing intentions on lanterns and sending them off into water.
Reimagining this tradition at Elon, you will have the opportunity to write an intention or written offering to a loved one on seed paper made from recycled paper. The intentions will be displayed throughout the festival and will be planted at a later date to symbolize the journey of the intentions back into the earth.
Learn more about Buddhist life at Elon here!
Christmas - Behind Alamance
What is the significance of light through the lens of Christianity? This Festival of Lights, come and learn about Christianity, the meaning of Christmas, and light within the Christian faith. Come and see some crucial items that represent some of the best known parts of the faith. All we want for Christmas is you!
You might find yourself bringing a piece of Christmas home with you! We will have a giveaway for the first 100 people!
Everything we have chosen at the table represents an important aspect of Christainity, especially during the Christmas season. We are happy to show you the representation of light.
For more information on the use and symbolism of light in Christianity click here and here.
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Secular - Phi Beta Kappa Commons
Falling anywhere between December 20th and December 23rd every year, Winter Solstice is an ancient source of spiritual and scientific significance. The exact moment of Winter Solstice corresponds with the instant the North Pole is aimed furthest away from the sun on the 23.5 degree tilt of the Earth’s axis. This event occurs at the same moment in time for everyone on the planet regardless of geographical location. Marking the longest night and shortest day of the year for the Northern Hemisphere, many ancient cultures view it as a time to acknowledge death and rebirth. Winter Solstice has historically marked days of “discovery”, like the day Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth in 1620, the day Pierre and Marie Curie discovered radium in 1898, and the day of the first manned moon mission of Apollo 8 in 1968. What will this years’ Winter Solstice bring? To learn more about Winter Solstice click here and here.
Light pollution is excessive, misdirected, or obtrusive artificial light, that typically occurs outdoors. Featured at the secular station will be Eco Reps from the Office of Sustainability explaining the significance of light pollution in our community today. To learn more click here.
To learn more about sustainability efforts at Elon, click here!
Located at our secular station you will have the opportunity to hear a newly recorded album of light that the a cappella groups have recorded. You can also find these songs at a later date on Spotify! Special thanks to Liam O’Connor for organizing the production of the album.
Listen to the album here!
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Rip Chord
Guiding Light - Shirley Tempos
Latch - Smooth Progressions
Light in the Hallway - Twisted Measure
Lights Up - Vital Signs
New Light - Sweet Signatures
Optimistic - Melanated Melodies