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What is the Festival?
Communion * Circle Dancing * Radically Inclusive
Celebration of Life * Soulful * Body Language
The Festival of the Holy Names is a project by a community of people
who find meaning in the Christian mythos, and treasure the ritual tradition
of Christian liturgy. Our services attempt to celebrate the ancient rites
of our tradition in a way that embraces life, involves our bodies, and
feeds our souls.
Each Festival is a Christian Eucharist (or Mass or Lord's Supper) that
combines gender-inclusive language, circle dancing, singing and ritual,
led by laypersons on a rotating basis, and ends with a light pot-luck.
We are a congregational community, making decisions by consensus and celebrating
the royal priesthood of all peoples.
Who comes to a Festival?
So far, our visitors and members have included...
Women * Episcopagans * children * dogs * Lutherans
* Lesbians * Seminarians * an American Baptist Music Minister * Men * Feminists
* liturgical dancers * High School and college students * artists * Celts
* a South African political activist & liberation theologian * independent
Catholic clergy * Crones and Mentors * a Filipina WWII survivor * singles
* couples * Recovering Fundamentalists * Armenians * 12-Steppers * poets
* songwriters * Bisexuals * Atheists * Gays * Catholic nuns * a German
Theological student * the physically handicapped * Agnostics * Recovering
Catholics * Christians * Musicians * Hindus * New Age seekers * writers
* Episcopal clergy * Pagans * Jews *
Where is it and when?
Festivals are held every Sunday at 6 pm at
Grace North Church
2138 Cedar Street (at Walnut)
What to Bring to a Festival
The most important thing, of course, is yourself! However, you may
also want to bring along:
- Some food to share after the celebration-light potluck fare
- Objects sacred to you to place on the side altar
- Canned food for the hungry (through St. James' pantry)
- A thematically related song or other artistic presentation for the
- Also, feel free to wear your sacred duds!
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For more information, write
The Festival of the Holy Names
PO Box 8749, Emeryville, CA 94662.
Phone anytime: 510-261-2706
or e-mail [email protected]
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Last updated 5/7/96
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