|Special Shopping Day / Christmas Eve|
What’s New and What’s Old
at the Center for Peace
Saturday, December 1st
10 am- 4:30 pm
Monday, December 24th
If you haven’t been to the Center for Peace in a while, there is a NEW LOOK to our gift shop:
New Paint Job
Also new this year, we are having only one special shopping day instead of two, so you won’t want to miss this one. It is Saturday, December 1, from 10am-4:30pm, the same day as the December Sweat Lodge.
This is not the day
of the Seymour Christmas parade, which is good news for those who have been caught in that traffic tie-up on Chapman Hwy. in previous years.
We will have special gifts and treats for our guests and, as always, unique gifts at excellent prices. So please join us on Saturday, December 1, from 10am-4:30pm for a day of shopping, seeing friends, conversation, cookies & coffee or tea, and celebrating the season with the Center for Peace community by being a part of it. We look forward to seeing you.
The tradition of people gathering in groups, from hundreds to 2 or 3, on the eve of Christmas goes back hundreds, even thousands, of years. Very often there was some type of music and/or singing involved during some part of the gathering. It often also included the lighting of candles or fire. The form and practice(s) of each group frequently is based on their religious or spiritual beliefs.
The community of the Center for Peace has come together every year since December 1986 to sing, share stories, be with family/friends, light candles, pray in our own way, and to honor each other and the season of the year, no matter what our personal belief is.
In continuation of this tradition, we invite all who would like to join us on Monday, December 24 at 7pm. We will have a time together around the tables for Christmas goodies (all invited to contribute), coffee, tea, cider, or hot chocolate.
The last event of the evening will be the “give-away. Each person is invited to bring an unwrapped gift, whatever you choose to bring, new or cherished item that you are ready to pass along and then each person chooses the gift that they feel drawn to receive. The greatest gift is the love, the laughter and the joy that we share. Mark it on your calendar---December 24, 7pm.
December 1st ~ Saturday Sweat Lodge
Saturday Sweat Lodge
December 1st, 2018
fire starts @ 10am
(come help cover the lodge)
go in lodge about 11:30
Led by: Steve Citty
Firekeepers: Sarah Franklin and Hannah Dunemann
The fire will start at 10 am. We will go in the lodge when the stones are hot (usually about an hour to an hour-and-a-half. You are encouraged to come early and prayerfully prepare for the lodge.
Please bring towels, a change of clothing, and food to share.
Suggested Items to Bring:
It is appropriate to bring tobacco, a small gift, or monetary gift for the fire-keeper and lodge master, both of whom offer their services to the people as a gift.
- Two Towels
- Men are requested to wear swim trunks, gym shorts or something similar.
- Women are requested to wear a skirt or dress and a shirt that covers the shoulders.
- Change of clothes
- Covered Dish for the Feast
- More information
We use lots of wood for the fire; supplies like herbs (sage, tobacco, cornmeal, etc.), drinking water, and more. If you are feeling abundant, a donation ($10-$20) would be appreciated. Donations are used to support the Sweat Lodge and the Dance Away Program.
There is never a charge for Ceremony. If you are not feeling abundant, PLEASE do not allow this to prevent you from coming.
Monthly Fire Ceremony ~ December 7th
Friday, December 7th
~ led by Katy Koontz
The purpose of the FIRE CEREMONY is to heal and purify both the planet’s physical oceans and the oceans of cosmic thought.
At 7 pm local time, fire elders light ceremonial fires at each of the Peace Sound Chambers around the world. Those present watch the fire in silence until it burns out, giving to it what we want to transmute in our lives and staying open to the messages and teachings it brings.
Come to the fire ceremony if you enjoy focused meditation, if you are looking for new ideas and insights, if you seek to release and transmute something that does not serve you, if you want to join in the service of healing the oceans (both physical and cosmic) or if you’re simply called to participate in a ceremony that honors this powerful elemental force.
We suggest you arrive by 6:45 pm.
All are welcome.
Donations are appreciated.
| Solstice Chanting 12/21 & 12/22|
World-Wide Chanting for Peace
on the December 2018 Solstice
Creating 24 hours of Chanting for Peace
Starting December 21 at 1 pm
WINTER SOLSTICE CHANTING THEME:
TO BE ANNOUNCED
Solstice Celebration at the Center For Peace
Peace Sound Chamber
Friday, December 21st
Arrive in the chamber: 12:30 pm
Chanting: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Saturday, December 22nd
Arrive in the chamber: 11:30 am
Chanting: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
We will chant the sounds of the elements (earth, water, fire, ether) and the sounds for the seasons (spring, summer, fall, winter). The sacred sounds for the elements and seasons can be found here.
The Center For Peace is answering the world-wide call for chanting once again organized by the House of Mica Peace Sound Chamber in New York.
We are joining the call to create a stream of continuous chanting for peace across the solstice. Peace chambers, groups and individuals from around the world will be joining in this annual event by chanting for an hour.
The Peace Sound Chamber will be open and available for you to come and chant as individuals or groups for the entire 24 hours from 1pm Friday to 1pm Thursday.
Please call the Center to let us know you are going to be here. (865)428-3070 if no answer then call Steve Citty (865)300-4424.
We are asking for sponsorship through monthly donations.
These donations do not need to be large but if those who love the Center for Peace could help by committing a few dollars on a monthly basis it could be the difference between always hoping that someday we will be able to build or provide those needed areas (i.e. showers, sleeping areas, restrooms) and actually making it happen.
If you have participated in any of the programs, offerings, and events that occur on an ongoing basis at the Center for Peace you have already felt the personal blessings from these activities. Our mission is to be a Spiritual Center for our community which extends to anyone open to this learning path.
|2018 Dances at the Center For Peace|
Beginning in the early 1980's Joseph Rael ~ Beautiful Painted Arrow, a Visionary and Mystic of the Ute and Tiwa Pueblo people, began traveling the world sharing his Vision of Peace Sound Chambers and his insights about the healing power of Ceremony.
To assist people seeking personal experiences in the Spiritual realm, he began leading sacred, non-traditional Dances that Spirit brought to him in Visions. For 15 years he traveled the world leading three sacred Dances which came to him in Visions: the Long Dance, Drum Dance and Sun-Moon Dance.
Since Joseph's retirement in 1997 the work has grown and many of Joseph’s students, with his blessing, have now received Visions of different Dances of their own.
|The Center For Peace is a 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation. Your donations are tax deductible.|
We exist on donations.
If you have ever come to the Center For Peace and liked what you found, PLEASE consider donating now; either a one time donation, or set up an ongoing donation through PayPal.
The Center for Peace is a non-profit religious corporation in the State of Tennessee. Donations to the Center for Peace can be claimed as deductions from income for income tax purposes.
Active Council Members of the Center for Peace:
|The Peace Sound Chamber is available for chanting, vision quests and ceremonies of many different types.|
You are encouraged to come to the chamber and chant, drum, meditate or simply sit (the chamber Spirits love it); please check first that there is not something already scheduled. Please call at least two weeks in advance to reserve our facilities as usage requires council approval