All Saints & All Souls

“We will all die,” writes anthropologist Arthur Frank, “and that is all right.” In our era of heroic measures to extend life without question, exemplified so often in television dramas in which exemplary doctors do the impossible, it is hard to imagine death as something to be celebrated, death as part of that which we as Christians regard as part of the community, the communion, of saints from time ancient to now and into the future. In Mexico, in Asia, and in places around North America, families, neighborhoods, whole communities gather to remember not only those who have died but to remind ourselves that they and we remain part of this intimate fabric that the pang of separation only makes more clear. On November 4th, Canterbury Irvine will honor the traditions of that many communities from which our students hail in a special All Souls/All Saints celebration that incorporates rituals and practices from Mexico, Korea, Japan, China and the Philippines. We invite you to join us.

-Jim Lee

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