Celebrate Lunar New Year – Mar 1st

Cultural Snapshot

Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year’s Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar.

Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the “Lunar New Year”. Lunar New Year refers to the first day of a secular, sacred or other year whose months are coordinated the cycles of the moon.

Other cultures also celebrate Lunar New Year, including Korean, Mongolian, Tibetan, Vietnamese, and Japanese (before 1873).

Lunar New Year Celebration

Saint Thomas will celebrate Lunar New Year on Sunday, March 1st after the morning services.

Cultural Exchange

We’ll be sharing a cultural display and a table of new year’s goodies.

Location

Saint Thomas Episcopal Church – in Cowans Hall, see Directions & Campus Map

Questions

If you have any questions or would like to share a Lunar New Year’s treat, please Contact Us*

*Using the drop-down menu located on the form, please direct your inquiry to “Parish Event Planners or PEP”.

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Adult Ed: Cultural Encounter – Dec. 3rd

Bring your appetite and join us for an evening to savor!

CULTURAL ENCOUNTER WITH THE MIDDLE EAST and ISLAM

WHEN: Wednesday, December 3rd at 6:30PM

WHERE: Kabul Afghan Cuisine

ADDRESS: 833 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

For Directions, see Kabul Afghan Cuisine

DESCRIPTION: We will meet at a local Middle Eastern restaurant to experience a culinary and cultural immersion that includes great food and conversation with our guest speakers.

Questions?

If you have questions are would like more information, please Contact Us and select “Adult Education” from the drop-down menu.

Slider image artwork adapted from an original photo of 14th century Egyptian or Syrian decorative architecture by dalbera from Paris, France [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons and photo of Tughra of Süleyman the Magnificent (1520) by Thadswanek, taken from here (uploaded by Pagan) (English Wikipedia) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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Dharma Dialogue – Nov 8

Come for an enlightening evening with the Venerable Pomnyun Sunim as he engages us in his talk Dharma Dialogue. The talk is designed for an English speaking audience and open to the general public.

When is the event?

Saturday, November 8th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM

For Korean Audiences

Visit www.sfjungto.org for more info and his talk schedule in Korean.

A little about our Guest Speaker

Venerable Pomnyun Sunim, a respected Buddhist Monk and activist, is the founder and guiding Zen master of Jungo Society, which was established in 1988 in South Korea to facilitate self-cultivation through volunteerism. He is the founder and chairman of Join Together Society, an international relief agency with offices worldwide including North Korea; Eco Buddha, which has led an ecological awareness campaign; and Good Friends for Peace, Human Rights, and Refugee Issues. He is also the chairman of The Peace Foundation in Seoul, which supports policy research and analysis aimed at Humanitarian aid to famine victims in North Korea. He was worked extensively to supply humanitarian aid to famine victims in North Korea and defend the human rights of North Korean refugees in China (for full biography, visit www.jungtosociety.org).

For Location and Directions

The event will be located at:
Saint Thomas Episcopal Church – Cowans Hall
231 Sunset Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94086

See Directions and Campus Map

Questions

If you have questions or would like more information, please Contact Us

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Adult Education Summer Series

Take a Cultural Tour with Us

This summer, Adult Education is going on a journey to spiritually encounter some edible and incredible experiences. We are sponsoring three (3) events – so, mark your calendars!

CULTURAL ENCOUNTER WITH HINDUISM and INDIA

WHEN: Wednesday, July 23rd at 7:00PM

WHERE: Chaats & Currys located at 520 Lawrence Expressway #310 – Sunnyvale, CA 94085

For location and directions, see Google Map

DESCRIPTION: We will meet at a local Indian restaurant to experience a culinary and cultural immersion that includes great food and conversation with our guest speakers.

PILGRIMAGE ON EL CAMINO DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

WHEN: Wednesday, July 30th at 7:30PM

WHERE: Saint Thomas Episcopal Church – Library

For location and directions, see Directions & Campus Map

DESCRIPTION: St. Thomas is privileged to have two members who have made the pilgrimage along The Way of St. James in Spain. Join us for photo slide shows and discussion with Keith Giles and Elizabeth Fitting.

CULTURAL ENCOUNTER WITH BUDDHISM and THAILAND

WHEN: Wednesday, August 20th at 7:00PM

WHERE: Thai Pepper located at 103 East Fremont Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

For location and directions, see Google Map

DESCRIPTION: We will meet our guest speakers at this popular Thai eatery for discussion about their religious tradition, and of course, more great food.

Questions?

If you have questions are would like more information, please Contact Us and select “Adult Education” from the drop-down menu.

Original photo by Kristin Munday taken at The Rubin Museum of Art in New York City, which “is dedicated to the collection, display, and preservation of the art of the Himalayas and surrounding regions, especially Tibetan art.” – Wikipedia

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