Christmas in a minor key A service for the sadness of the season

Many of us find the holidays a real struggle in the aftermath of major losses in our lives. The stores, the lights, the music—even our houses of worship—all remind us of what once was and is no more, and often cause more pain than delight. It is not uncommon for people enveloped in disappointment and sorrow to avoid past traditions and communities altogether and alternatives are not easy to locate or create anew.

Forest Hill Church will hold an early evening service of readings, music, and silence, designed as a time apart for those challenged by the holidays, at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 20. The death of a loved one or a relationship, a family separation, job loss, or another ersonal or family loss are events make it difficult to find joy or even to cope with the holiday season. The church invites everyone to celebrate Christmas quietly, in a way that acknowledges the darkness and honors the light. Coffee and hot cider will be available afterward, if participants would like to stay for conversation.

Forest Hill Church is located at 3031 Monticello Blvd, in Cleveland Heights. For more information call 216-321-2660, e-mail, or visit

Robin Craig is an elder at Forest Hill Church.

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 3:08 PM, 11.18.2010