All the resources we have here are helping to Reform and Restore our Original Culture. But first we must recognize the lack we have in our current culture; the distance we have come from God and His directions and laws. Then we must really Reflect and feel the pain and consequences we have got ourselves into. The next step is to Release that pain and begin anew. It is our purpose to help in this restoration. One way we are doing this is by holding more Original Ephraim-style:
Celebrating Our Story with Christ-Centered Families
We are Celebrating Our Story. Our common story and our specific stories. As civilizations rose and fell, the remnants of the culture they left behind were in the form of stories & art. The power of story is real. Stories preserve community and family culture. They can also renew an individual’s connection with their Creator and their identity in this world. Stories are what keep us connected together in our churches, families & communities. No matter what communities we come from, we all share the common story of Creation & the Creator.
We are Celebrating Song. Did you know that a culture of singing is what freed the entire nation of Estonia? After Stalin took over the Baltic States in 1939/1940, the people lost their freedom to celebrate their cultural singing festivals. After 50 years, they began overcoming their fears and gathering to sing their cultural songs. This gave them more and more courage to stand against their oppressors and grew to a point where they stood, hand-in-hand, in 1991, against the tanks, singing. The world saw this on the news and it was the first time we in the West understood what had been happening those 50 years after WWII. Singing is powerful!! And through a simple song, we can learn a powerful message. We often sing hymns and those hymns encourage and uplift us. For this Celebration, we, the audience, will be singing a few beautiful folk songs.
We are Celebrating Joyful Movement. Did you ever notice that each culture around the world includes dance as a part of their festivals? Have you ever wondered why? Did you know movement is a strong need of the body and even helps us release negative emotions to Christ? Think about it. Running is great to do when we have to let-off steam. Walking may help us think. Yoga and breathing helps us to calm the chatter in our minds. There are many studies and research showing the benefits of movement. Now, did you also know the Jewish culture enjoys a dance at their wedding feasts? This tradition goes back anciently, and I believe has something to do with the word feast, which means, to gather in a circle and dance. Interesting huh?
Come join us as we combine these elements to renew an original tradition nourishing strength & connection and unlocking the chambers within the House.
What is Contra Dancing? Contra Dancing is when a “caller” gives the directions & instructions of where to move on the floor. The shapes of the movements are usually in circles. Similar but different from “Square” Dancing. And, there are no set patterns so everyone can join in without knowing anything! Our Caller will give instructions. Yeah!
Why Contra Dancing? Contra Dancing has been around in America’s history since the beginning. It’s America’s Cultural Dance. It began in France and spread around Europe and has been making a revival in the Northern East and West States. It is easy to learn for most ages and encourages laughter and delight! We want to bring these environments together to enjoy movement with the entire family because movement like this keeps us healthy, connected with our Creator and joyful. And it’s fun!!