August 13, 2016, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
4444 Arlington Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22204
While still in summer’s fullness, enjoying sunny, warm (very warm!) days, we’re in the Three Weeks before Tisha B’Av, the 9th of the Hebrew month of Av – the date when, tradition has it, the first and second Jerusalem Temples were destroyed.
Each year we’re invited to psychically re-enter that space of shattering, to grieve the breakdown of familiar communal structures, to release old ways of connecting, to shed outgrown skins, and to relinquish some of the illusions with which we shore up our personal identities. It’s a time to touch ground and to let go, as we prepare for the great work of teshuvah, the return to what our souls recognize as the deepest truths of Being.
This year, with so much breaking down in the world around us, it feels more imperative than ever to come together with like-minded seekers in nurturing places and to support one another in re-opening to the Holy Ground of Love that sources us all.
The month of Av contains both the holiday of Tisha B’Av, the day Jews observe the destruction of both Temples and numerous other calamities, and Tu B’Av, a day to celebrate Love. We’ll examine whether there’s a connection between these days. We also welcome Erin Bueno de Mesquita, one of Kol Ami’s amazing JCEP teachers, to service leadership! We’ll davven in the Chapel. Please remember to bring a dish to share for the Kiddush that follows the service.