DECEMBER 2, 2017 – 1875 N. Central Ave, Phoenix AZ 85004 6.00pm, – 8.30pm
The final months of the year are known for being a season of light across multiple traditions. In
the latter half of the fall, Dia de Los Muertos and Diwali are festivals more vibrant than the
autumn leaves. While the winter is welcomed with Hanukkah, Christmas, and Yule. Each of
these traditions has one common thread: Light. Yet, this commonality is frequently overlooked
or glossed over in generic “holiday parties.” For this reason, Sun Devils Are Better Together, an
interfaith student collective at Arizona State University aims to change the narrative by
organizing a platform for diverse communities across the valley to engage their
commonalities on a deeper, more meaningful level.
This program facilitates the opportunity for Arizonans from different faiths, traditions, and
cultures to come together in fellowship and to embrace the “light” that each of us contribute to
the world. In short, Light the Night an interfaith, intercultural, multigenerational celebration of
light through food, reflection, art and activities.
Programming & Agenda:
Light the Night will be a multi-modal experience that engages all five of the senses with three
1. Presentations by leaders of different faiths and traditions
2. Tables that facilitate activities relevant to the traditions represented
3. Dinner with dishes/snacks relevant to the traditions represented
The program will proceed as follows:
1. A series of interfaith leaders who will explain traditions that are salient to this holiday
season and/or engage with the motif of light.
2. A short “lighting” ceremony where individuals light up an item representative of the
tradition they spoke about (candle, tree, lamp, act.) followed by a moment of silence.
3. A release to tables to eat and engage in informal dialogue. (Activity tables will also be
open during this time).
As the first annual Light the Night event is organized entirely by youth, it will be operating on a
shoestring budget provided by the Arizona State University student government. Those who feel
inclined to contribute are encouraged to by identifying volunteers to lead (and preferably design)
table activates. Our greatest need, however, is food donations. Faith communities, non-profits,
and community organizations that come to participate are strongly encouraged g to bring
culturally/traditionally significant dishes to the event. We recommend doing this by organizing a
potluck within your community/congregation/ circle of friends.
Due to the wide range of dietary restrictions concerning meat across multiple worldviews, we
ask that the dishes brought are vegetarian. To negotiate exceptions, please refer to the event
Opportunities to Partner & Sponsor
All those who contribute through donating food will be recognized as event sponsors on all
marketing materials. Those who pledge to vastly market the event (on all social media platforms,
in any newsletters/bulletins, and allowing flyers posted in their space) will be recognized as
partners in marketing materials.
For any further questions regarding Light the Night, please contact event organizers at
sundabt <at >gmail.com