December is a multi-holiday month! A time of year when folks of various convictions and faith traditions commemorate moments in history that offer their people hope and inspiration:
· Hanukkah (celebrated this year from December 18 to December 26) commemorates when the Jewish people in ancient times overcame their Greek oppressors—symbolized by the progressive lighting of eight different candles, intensifying the warmth and light with each passing day.
· Christmas (celebrated December 25) commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, embraced in Christian tradition as a “light that shines out of darkness,” offering hope and guidance to people’s hearts.
In this season, when people all over the world are waiting for light to prevail, may we each find what we need or the light we are seeking—especially the peoples of Iran and Ukraine at this time.
Dr. Leslie Ahmadi discovered her intercultural calling in her parents’ home at age four--where between the jazz, the spirituals, and the rock ‘n roll music, she heard folk songs in languages from around the world. Thirty years later she had a doctorate in foreign language and culture education--and her folk song guitar never far away.