FRAMINGHAM – On Sunday, September 17 Open Spirit: A Place of Hope, Health & Harmony will dedicate its new multi-faith Welcome Mosaic.
The mosaic was conceived as a way to express the Open Spirit’s commitment to bringing together people from many faith and spiritual traditions.
The mosaic was designed by local artist Samela St. Pierre, with input from Open Spirit participants representing many faith traditions. Mosaic artist Cheryl Cohen worked with a team of eight faithful volunteers who met weekly to smash tiles and use the shards to create the designs.
The dedication is at 4 p.m. at Open Spirit: A Place of Hope, Health & Harmony, located on the campus of Edwards Church, at 39 Edwards Street.
The celebration on September 17 will include music and blessings from artists from Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Bahai, and Christian traditions. Syrian food, prepared by the new “Syrian Refugees Cook” group, will be served! Please RSVP by calling the Open Spirit at 508-887-8162 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mosaic is dedicated to the memory of Florence Sachs, who found a spiritual home at Open Spirit. Her family and friends donated generously to help fund the mosaic. Framingham Cultural Council provided a very generous grant to support the project as well.
At the center of the mosaic is the word “Welcome.”
It is surrounded by twelve expressions of faith traditions and spiritual practices. A heart, a tree, a rainbow, open hands and a peace sign express values that are shared by many faiths. The Hebrew letter “chai” expresses Jewish celebration of life. A prayer rug honors the Muslim practice of praying five times a day. A nine-pointed star is a symbol of the Baha’i faith. The Sanskrit “ohm” is a universal sound honored in Hinduism. A dove is an expression of the Holy Spirit in Christianity. The yin-yang symbol is central to Taoism. A lotus blossom evokes a sense of peace in Buddhism.
Photo submitted by Open Spirit