The light of day is fading earlier, and we are coming to that time of the year when we experience the shortest day and the longest night. As a self-identified UU Pagan, Ron Zorn follows a spirituality based upon the natural cycles of the Earth. Winter, from Samhain (Oct 30) through Imbolc (Feb 1) in Earth Centered Traditions of Europe, is a time of introspection on our lives, where we have been and where we are going in the future. The Winter Solstice marks the moment of transition form long nights to longer days, a literal return to the light, albeit a gradual one. Ron’s homily at this midpoint of the winter season will be about slowing down, embracing the dark and looking inside of ourselves, sometimes referred to as “facing our shadow selves”.