Holidays and Traditions
El Día de los Muertos
October 30, 2016,
HONORING DEATH, CELEBRATING LIFE—A Multigenerational Día de los Muertos Service
Rev. Matthew McHale, Minister, and Emmalinda MacLean, Director of Religious Education
All ages are invited to our annual Día de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead,” service to remember our loved ones who have died and provide comfort and healing to those still living. Can a holiday built around death, help us face our own mortality with ease and grace and appreciate the lives we have?
Click on the video below to learn more about how El Día de los Muertos is celebrated at Emerson:
THE TREE OF LIFE: AN INTERGENERATIONAL EARTH DAY PAGEANT
Emmalinda MacLean, Director of Religious Education
Children, youth, and adults are often invited to worship together in celebration. The photos shown here were taken during our Earth Day Pageant, in which we acted out our connection to the interdependent web with this playful, theatrical, participatory service. Together—with no rehearsals—we told the story of The Great Kapok Tree, and how the animals of the rainforest came together to save it from destruction.
As our senior high students make their transition from high school to college, we have a “Bridging Ceremony” to send them on their way with love and support from the entire congregation. In the photo shown here, two of our graduating seniors, with their families, Minister, and Religious Education Director, experience this special event.