Annual Sunday Supper & Candle Lighting Ceremony

Sunday Supper is one of the oldest traditions at International House. It dates back to the very early 20th century before the first International House in New York was established in 1924. The idea of Sunday Supper began with Harry Edmonds, a YMCA official in New York and founder of the International House idea, who often invited international students to his house for supper.

Today, this event brings together International House community. The Sunday Supper will be held on June 4, 2017 to honor all graduating community members and to celebrate a year of friendship.

The Meaning of the Candle Lighting Ceremony and Sunday Supper pledge

A Candle Lighting Ceremony is held in conjunction with Sunday Supper to bring to a close a period of sharing experiences and knowledge with friends from many parts of the world.

International House Pledge

The International House pledge is recited at each Sunday Supper:

“As light begets light, so love, friendship, and goodwill are passed from one to another. We who have come from many nations to live in one fellowship at International House promise one another to pass the light wherever we go.”