In between the closing of the old year and the unfurling of the new, we come together in a ritual of reflection, letting go, and looking forward. Fire Communion is an opportunity to cast the emotional baggage of the old year into the flames and, lighter in spirit, set our intentions for the year to come.
Ceremonies and Rituals
Today marks the beginning of our 2017/18 congregational year at UCV. We celebrate the event with our annual Water Ceremony where we bring and merge water gathered from our summer journeys. Please bring some water from travels near and far as we launch a year of spiritual enrichment, education, congregational service, and justice making. Please be prepared to share what you hope to bring to UCV this year. A worship service for all ages. The Chalice Choir sings.
Have you noticed the invitations to sacred circle dancing and wondered what it’s all about? Mairy and Mary will share how circle dance became an important part of their spiritual journeys. A group of Unitarians will demonstrate some of the dances to songs from Singing the Living Tradition. During the service, you’ll be invited to sing or tap your toes or dance in the aisles. Our mantra in circle dance is: There are no wrong steps, only variations. All variations are welcome – even two left feet. Click below to see the text of our two talks and additional information. Dancing the Living Tradition Reflections Pianist: Eric Wyness Soloist: Nicola Hamilton
February 8, 2015 Lay Chaplains Service Listen:
Encountering Our Ancestors X Rev. Steven Epperson and guests from the past – November 2, 2014 – 11:00 am – Music: Mazurkas F. Chopin Mazurka Chopin via Rosemary Brown* Mazurka F. Chopin performed by E. Dainow To celebrate the memory of our ancestors: A Samhain Invocation** With Mary Murray and Fritz Muntean Encountering our Ancestors X (scripts by Steven Epperson) Lelio Sozzini (1525 – 1562) Theologian Colin Cameron Maria Cook (1779 – 1835) Universalist Preacher Leonie Armstrong Margaret Benedictsson (1866 – 1956) Women’s Rights Activist Thora Gislason William Carlos Williams (1883 – 1963) Doctor/Poet Keith Wilkinson Closing Hymn God Bless the Grass Malvina Reynolds performed by E. Dainow * At this time of year the veil between living and dead is said to be thinnest and so these pieces seem appropriate. In the ’60’s, “Chopin and other composers were busily transmitting new compositions to … Continued