Big Words: SING and Mid-Autumn Festival
We have a big finish planned for the remaining events of this semester. Two of them are this week—Big Words: SING on Wednesday and APAC’s Fall Festival on Thursday.
It might be hard to find a concept more universally recognized by spiritual traditions than song. Music is almost inherently spiritually transcendent—whether heard or sung, a musical note as an almost magical quality that resonates in the heart.
The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, in conjunction with the School of Music, will celebrate that on Wednesday evening during Big Words: SING. The first such event was last year, and it was so successful we felt we just had to reprise this one.
As in the first event, the music will come to us thanks to the Stetson Community Choir, led by Drs. Timothy and Sandra Peter.
Each Big Words event presents an interfaith perspective on a concept or value important to different religious and spiritual traditions. Many, if not all religions, use music in one way or another to communicate spiritual values and create a sense of community. We will explore sacred and spiritual music from different cultural traditions. Everyone is welcome and all are invited to lift their voices in song, regardless of their ability to sing.
Big Words: SING will be at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13 in the Stetson Room. Dinner will be served—a taste of the Mediterranean—and cultural credit is available for this event.
On Thursday, Asian Pacific American Coalition in conjunction with the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, will present a Mid-Autumn Festival on the Green.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is an annual harvest festival celebrated in many Asian countries including China, Vietnam, Korea, and Japan, Tam Pham, APAC president, told me. “Families gather, the kids play games, and there is a lot of special food and treats.”
In many Asian celebrations, people send flying lanterns aloft. “It’s sent to the heavens in hopes of a good harvest,” Tam said. We won’t be doing that at Stetson, but electrical lights will symbolize the hope expressed in the cultural event and the goodness coming to the darkness.
Food will be provided, as well as a short presentation to inform participants about the history and the meaning of the festival. I will be there at the beginning to bless the event and those in attendance. Others from our team will also be there.
There will be lots of fun activities, Tam added, including traditional games. And there will be Moon Cakes, a sweet filled pastry served at special events in countries like China and Vietnam.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is Thursday, November 14, beginning at 5:00 on the Stetson Green.
Also, remember that our annual Yule Log Lighting is coming up next month. The event is Tuesday, December 3, and will feature the Yule log, music, and other activities.