December 20, 2017
It’s Winter’s Eve. The labyrinth is in place. Candles are lit. The room is ready to celebrate
this darkest time of the year immersed in music and introspective walking.
In the warmth, light and love of this sacred space, embrace the darkness through prayer, personal reflection, contemplation and gratitude for what is, what has been and what will come.
Hildebrand Hall will be open between 4 and 7 pm. Wednesday, December 20. Doors close at 6:45 pm for those inside to finish their walk. Our ministry team looks forward to offering this special labyrinth walk.
Then, at 7:30 pm, hear meditative Native American flute music by Gary Stroutsos in the Sanctuary.
Gary Stroutsos performs world flute music drawn from many traditional cultures. Evoking a spirit of place and the voices of the land, his work includes internationally-acclaimed recordings at sacred sites, using the unique acoustics and history of each great space as the starting point for musical exploration: A shared moment in a timeless place, where flute melodies, ancestral and modern, play off one another and songs come alive, buoying and breathing through the generations.
Originally trained as a Jazz flutist, Stroutsos’ work now features American Indian music, as well as Chinese, Cuban and American Jazz stylings - all styles and traditions reflecting his diverse musical influences. He has become perhaps best known for his haunting work on the Native American Flute, and is acknowledged to have made a significant contribution to the preservation of American Indian music and culture. Himself a Greek-Italian-American, Stroutsos has had the rare opportunity to journey into the indigenous cultures and communities of North America, where he learned how to play the Native American Flute. During this time, Lakota, Mandan-Hidatsa, Navajo and Salish Kootenai Elders asked him to set their songs to his flute, which has undoubtedly been invaluable in the development of insight and the character of authenticity that his recordings embody.