Lammas: Snatch Joy From the Jaws of Despair by Rev. Amy Beltaine

August 1 is Emancipation Day (the end of slavery in the English Empire), and is celebrated as a part of Carnival in the Caribbean. August 2 is Lammas, Freyasblot, or Lughnasadh, a festival to recognize the first harvest gathered after long and hard work.


We explore the ways we can “snatch joy from the jaws of despair.” How have painful times and loss invited us into moments of joy? And how has joy and celebration helped us through times of no hope? Our work is not done, but we must take time to celebrate!


Reverend Beltaine provides a UU ministry of spiritual mentoring through individual and group appointments, Sunday services, rites, and rituals. She helps friends and family of the oppressed to break open instead of being broken by the pain in the world. A graduate of Meadville Lombard School for the Ministry, Amy is on the coordinating committee of the UU Spiritual Directors’ Network and chair of the Spiritual Direction program at Cherry Hill Seminary. When not pulling their little home behind them, Amy and (spouse) Hawthorne are at home in Portugal or in Portland, Oregon. Amy is an earth-honoring Process Pan-en-theist...and... aspires to become a Love-Ninja.

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