Holidays and Traditions
At Unitarian Universalists in Covenant we celebrate certain holidays and participate in recurring rituals throughout the year.
Sunday worship may contain themes related to the following annual holidays:
Martin Luther King Holiday, Earth Day, Memorial Day, Summer Solstice, Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas/Winter Solstice.
We include three annual rituals as part of our worship each year.
New Years Ritual: On either the last Sunday in December or the first Sunday in January we participate in a structured contemplative ritual to review the past year past and express our hopes for the new.
Flower Communion: Each Spring (usually on Easter Sunday), we participate in Flower Communion – ritual celebrated by many Unitarian Universalist Congregations that promotes beauty, human uniqueness, diversity, and community.
Originally created in 1923 by Unitarian minister Norbert Capek of Prague, Czechoslovakia, the Flower Ceremony was introduced to the United States by Rev. Maya Capek, Norbert’s widow. In this ceremony, everyone in the congregation brings a flower. Each person places a flower on the altar or in a shared vase. The congregation and minister bless the flowers, and they’re redistributed. Each person brings home a different flower than the one they brought.
Water Communion: The Water Communion, also sometimes called Water Ceremony, was first used at a Unitarian Universalist (UU) worship service in the 1980s. UU in Covenant holds a Water Communion once a year in September to renew our commitment to our community. Members can bring a small amount of water from a place that is special to them or use water from a pitcher on the altar. During the appointed time in the service, people one by one pour water together into a large bowl. As the water is added, the person makes either a public or private commitment to the growth or our community. The combined water is symbolic of our shared faith coming from many different sources.