On Sunday, April 8, the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will celebrate Easter Sunday with an exploration of the symbols and significance of this day, led by Julie Loar.
Loar points out that, “While Easter is the central holiday of Christianity from a symbolic perspective, it is not merely a Christian celebration. There are many non-Christian elements included in Easter celebrations.”
Julie elaborates: “Easter happens around Passover, the Jewish holiday celebrating the release from bondage in Egypt, and a ceremonial reenactment of the Exodus story. Easter is the only holiday in the Christian calendar still based on the Moon. Many scholars believe that the Last Supper Jesus celebrated with his disciples was in fact a Seder, a ritual Passover meal. As Christianity and Judaism grew apart, so too did Easter and Passover. Easter celebrations also draw from many Pagan rites of spring, renewal, and resurrection, including symbols of eggs, spring lambs, bunnies and rainbows.”
Julie Loar is the religious exploration and programs director for the Pagosah Fellowship, and the director of the Archuleta County Education Center. She is also the author of six books and numerous articles.
The service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall and child care will be provided. The address is Unit B-15, Greenbriar Plaza. Turn East on Greenbriar Drive off North Pagosa Boulevard by the fire station, then left into the back parking lot and look for the big sign. All are welcome.