Since 1985 the community has come together to honor and remember the meaning of the season. The themes and performances are new each year, but the spirit of fellowship, love, celebration, and ritual always permeates the gathering. The ceremony of Lights inspires, music and dancing uplifts, children’s activities bring joy, and a delicious vegetarian feast nourishes body and soul.
When: Saturday, December 17, 2016
Where: First Christian Church, 5802 Roland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21210
Silent Peace Walk
on the streets – join with us to practice being peace amidst all we do in the world
by Kristin Hoffman
read below about her work
Ritual of Lights
our annual ritual and practice for inspiration and comittment for the year ahead
bring a dish to share with others in the spacious communal dining area
Drumming and Dancing
with our resident master drummers
sounding the drums of peace in our hearts, minds and bodies
Starting at the age of 4, ethereal renaissance songstress, and Juilliard trained multi-instrumentalist, Kristin Hoffmann began building a prolific career in music. She studied opera with acclaimed teachers Lorraine Nubar and Zehava Gal and composition with Rob Mathes and Behzad Ranjbaran. With a particular interest in French art songs, Kristin spent a summer honing the craft at Académie Internationale d’été de Nice. In addition to stints at major record labels, Capitol and Interscope Records, and song placements on hit TV shows like Dawson’s Creek and Palmetto Pointe, she has shared stages with The Wallflowers, Feist, Brandi Carlile, Richie Havens and many other musical luminaries. With a strong sense of artistic altruism, she is most passionate about projects that explore music’s healing power and allow listeners to tap into their higher potentials.
Having studied with French Sound Healing pioneer Fabian Maman, Hoffmann not only made music to accompany acupuncture sessions but also composed 170 songs for health-challenged children as a writer/producer at non-profit organization Songs of Love. A spokesperson for ocean conservation, she has performed her Song for the Ocean at environmental awareness conventions and concerts around the world, including TEDxSF, Bioneers, Hermanus Whale Festival (South Africa) and with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. Song for the Ocean will next be performed at The Sydney Opera House in August 2016. In 2011 she became the singer for Bella Gaia, a multimedia immersive theater experience created in conjunction with NASA. Over the past 2 years she has continued to expand her worldly voice, guest blogging for many well-respected magazines, from Elephant Journal to The Ecologist, and performing at The Conscious Life Expo (LA), the signing of The Fuji Declaration (Mt. Fuji) and The Emoto Peace Project concert in Tokyo. In 2014, Kristin was invited to become the youngest member on the board of FIONS (Friends of Institute of Noetic Sciences). In early 2016, she was voted onto the board of Gandhi Global Center for Peace and was also a new inductee into the acclaimed group Evolutionary Leaders. Her most recent work includes a self-produced album entitled The Human Compass, a symphonic collaboration with composer Marco Missinato called Unfolding Secrets: A Symphony of the Heart, and the brand new release of the meditational film, “Amazing Space,” for which Kristin composed and produced the soundtrack. In October 2015, Kristin began a new monthly musical blog with Gandhi’s BE Magazine, called “BE~Cause: Music with a Message,” and has been creating a new song every month focused around important worldly issues and themes.
About the Silent Peacewalk: The walk will be an integral part of the Celebration of Peace. After music and preparation we will walk in silence along a pre-determined route through the neighborhood for about 20 minutes, embodying peace. Silent Peacewalks are powerful and inspiring experiences. The first American Silent Peacewalk was held in New York City two years ago. We are honored to be bringing this potent experience to Baltimore. Children love these walks as well. People may also opt to remain inside the sanctuary in silence and contemplation during the walk.