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 next Sunday Supper will be held on June 3, 2018 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.”

Candlelight Ceremony and Reception with Alice Lewthwaite, Great-Granddaughter of I-House Founder Harry Edmonds

Friends of I-House and I-House alumi worldwide are invited to join us for a special visit from Alice Lewthwaite, Great Granddaughter of I-House Founder Harry Edmonds. Alice is re-creating her grandfather's final world tour that he embarked on in 1966 at the age of 83. Following Harry’s itinerary as closely as possible between the 1st of January and the middle of March, Alice will be visiting 18 countries doing 25 stops. Her goal is to meet with alumni in each location and pass the light on, as Harry did, of tolerance, understanding and international friendship. For this occasion, we will host a reception and a candlelight ceremony, a tradition begun by Harry and continued in I-Houses worldwide today.