Each Community of Living Traditions produces a Multifaith Lunar Calendar. This year the calendar will be produced weekly and emailed out. If you would like to receive these emails, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why Multifaith? CLT has been developing a multifaith calendar for a number of years, up until now circulating it only internally. This practice has helped us diligently cultivate an awareness across faith tradition lines of each other's holidays, as well as brought many instances of intrigue and delight as we noticed the shifting ways that the calendars sync up.
As of now, our calendar only includes holidays from the three traditions that are represented in our faith community — Islam, Judaism and Christianity — as well as some indigenous and secular holidays that connect to the flow of our lives. We also include holidays that connect to the international movement for justice, peace and sustainability.
Why Lunar? In recent years, we have been highlighting the Lunar rhythms in our calendar for several reasons. Both the Muslim and the Jewish calendars are lunar-based, with the months beginning on or just after the New Moon. The new moon in Jewish tradition is called Rosh Hodesh, meaning literally “head of the month.” In Muslim tradition, the new month begins just after the New Moon, with the appearance of the first crescent of the waxing moon.
Also, the lunar cycle has also been influential in the symbolic tapestry that flows through the women's liberation movement. In both Jewish and Wiccan practice, the New Moon is considered to be a sacred time for women to gather and set intentions for fresh starts, growth, optimism, starting over.
Finally, many indigenous cultures as well as many Asian cultures incorporate elements of a lunar calendar, even though they also interact with the Gregorian calendar, and these practices are resonant for many of us.
We hope that by following 2020 in sync with the moon's rhythms, we will strengthen our lines of connection with these aspects of humanity. We would be honored if you would join us on this journey!
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