There is only One God, and we celebrate together as people of God, having received Torah and the Spirit.
Shavout is a celebration of the barley harvest and the time of the giving of Torah, when God descended to Sinai and the Jewish people were born. Pentecost is when the disciples gathered for Shavuot in Jerusalem, where Jesus had told them to wait, and the Holy Spirit descended, 3000 people joined them and the Church was born.
This will be our second year to join with our friends at Mitziut Jewish Community, to be together with the One God as pray, meditate, eat dairy, shmooze and then go to the beach for an early morning (optional) mikveh, Thanks giving over water with remembrance of baptism and sunrise prayers.
At mid night, 12:48a.m. this year, on Shavuot it is said the channels between us and God are the openest they get without any intention on our part. We will start a meditation shortly before then to prepare ourselves for this opening, during which we may have a frank and intense discussion with Creator.
Sunrise, 5:17 a.m., is the time of the giving of Torah. We will head out to the beach before then for an optional Mikvah (immersion in living water), morning prayers and receiving Torah anew. Torah means teaching and one way to think about this experience is that we receive our Torah, our instruction, for the year on Shavuot morning.
Before and in between all this will be sessions to help us connect with God, using art, movement and discussion, along with singing of Psalms and selected readings from our sacred texts. We will also engage the full nature of the Jewish/Christian relationship with compassion, patience and open-ness.
Join us as we celebrate together both the receiving of Torah and the receiving of the Spirit on Shavuot/Pentecost.
Saturday, May 26--Sunday May 27
Starting at 8:30pm
More details and location forthcoming