Reclaiming the Cosmic in Holiday Rituals
Rev. Dr. Carol Kilby Took place on Nov. 14 Levels: All CPD Hour: One Watch recording for free! Purchase for certificate.
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“Reframing our holidays and rituals within the cosmic story,” says Carol Kilby, “is vital if we are to address issues such global warming and the spiritual crisis of our times. Rituals create cultures and then preserve them. At this time, it’s crucial that we develop evolutionary rituals that build ecologically conscious, environmentally responsible, and spiritually ethical communities.” Join Carol in a conversation with host Jennifer Morgan about how we can celebrate our religious and cultural holidays in the context of the Universe Story. Though the webinar will focus on Christmas, there will be wisdom for people of all traditions, and no religious tradition. This program is a pilot for a proposed forum on including the sacred story of the Universe in our seasonal and religious celebrations to more deeply address the environmental crisis. It’s a live Q&A&S and you’re invited to send in Questions and Share your cosmic rituals.
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Live Lecture and Q&A with Rev. Dr. Carol Kilby
Recent Event on Thursday November 14th
CPD Hour: One
What you will learn?
- New ways to celebrate Christmas as well as seasonal celebrations from other traditions.
- A renewed appreciation for the original cosmological purpose of many religious celebrations.
- Ways to meaningfully share and celebrate the deepest cosmic mysteries.
- Ways to bring the Cosmic into school celebrations.
Who is this for?
*Leaders of Christmas rituals (and other traditions as well) at home, in church, or in schools. Many of you will have some familiarity with what is called Big History, the Epic of Evolution, Deep Time, or The Universe Story, and are interested in how Christianity and other traditions can evolve to further encourage ecologically conscious, environmentally responsible, and spiritually ethical social evolution.
* Teachers: Are you looking for ways to ritualize this special time of year in your classroom? This live lecture and Q&A will be of interest, particularly if you’re a Montessori teacher looking to find ways to connect the holidays with a Cosmic Curriculum.
* Parents/Grandparents: For all of those interested in ritualizing this time of year in your home. While the primary focus is on Christmas, there will be wisdom for people of all traditions during this season of celebrating light in the midst darkness.
Meet The Leader
“The climate crisis together with the Deeptime Story,” says Carol Kilby, “have led me on a cosmic dance. First, out of the urban pulpit and mainline Protestant theology, into the woods to found the Gaia Centre for Eco-spirituality and Sustainable Work, and then to my surprise, back into leadership in a rural congregation. I’ll be sharing how, when we used both Christian and Cosmic stories themes like preparation in Advent and birth at Christmas pointed out our response-abilities in the planetary family.”
Carol brings years of immersion in the Cosmic Story and ritualizing it in multiple ways. She invites you to bring your experiences.
BIO: Rev. Dr. Carol Kilby, author, speaker, and ritualist, is a retired minister in the United Church of Canada (16 years full time, 10 years part time), and retired founder and director of the Gaia Centre for Eco-Spirituality and Sustainable Work, Haliburton, Canada. The Gaia Centre, under her leadership, hosted numerous deeptime teachers including Matt Fox, Brian Swimme, Jennifer Morgan, Drew Dillinger, Miriam MacGillis, Michael Dowd, and Connie Barlow. She has a Masters of Divinity (M. Div.) from the University of Toronto, Victoria University Emmanuel College; and a Doctor of Divinity from the University of Creation Spirituality, Oakland, CA. She has studied with Miriam MacGillis and Lawrence Edwards at Genesis Farm and Gail Worcelo at Green Mountain Monastery. Carol has authored two books: Cosmic Beatitudes – A Code of Being for this Evolutionary Moment with Caitlin and Peter Adair; and Out, In, and On The Fringe – My Dance From Pulpit To Cosmos.
Jennifer Morgan –
This comment came by email to Carol Kilby:
I was able to catch most of your podcast tonight – missed the beginning because of tutoring though so will listen on the website. You did a really nice job – your voice was clear, you were articulate and obviously well organized. The photos really added as did the words being printed as you were doing a reading. You looked relaxed and very confident. I was impressed with your answers to questions as some of them would have been difficult to answer. Your answers were satisfying to the question but also added more to think about. WOW! I am impressed. And, most importantly, you gave a lot to ponder as we enter the “festive” season. Made me think about how I could tweak things to make the time with family deeper in terms of reflection and with the opportunity to be thankful for our world . . . while reminding us to reflect on our usage of and dependence on “things”.
Now I really want to read your new book. Please keep me posted as to when it is available.
Jennifer Morgan –
This review came by email to
Thank you for a really well done
Presentation…you have such a great grasp
Of how to frame evolutionary spirituality!
Jennifer Morgan –
This came by email to Jennifer Morgan:
Hi Jennifer! I did enjoy the workshop! I realize that our family ALWAYS celebrated the cosmic Christmas—we made ornaments of the planets, galaxies, etc. And all the wise figures of the world were included in our tree!
Pam Hughes (I live in Florida now, so I’m glad you’re doing webinars!)
Mary Conrow Coelho –
Carol was terrific! The program had a lovely quality. I like the idea of a garland.