We celebrate the in-gathering of our congregation and the beginning of its 2019-20 year with our annual Water Communion. Please bring some water from your summer experiences, as well as an object like a photo, seashell, stone, or feather, that’s special to you. We’ll fill our common bowl and create an altar.
(Image: print from Four Elements series by Joanne Brown; used with permission)
As we prepare for this season of warm days and journeys near and far, we’ll look back at the road we’ve traveled this year in the life of our congregation and the road ahead. What do we carry in our hearts and hands – what dreams and dreads, what gifts and griefs, what hope?
We’re a congregation of both “diverse beliefs” and “shared values.” A value we share is stated in our First Principle: Our commitment to the inherent worth and dignity of every person. In this service, we’ll take a look at the role this principle plays in our Unitarian congregations, its enduring importance for our religion and for our troubled, beautiful world.
Many good reasons gather us as a Unitarian congregation. A principal reason is for the experience of belonging – of being seen, known, and appreciated by others and participating in something of value and meaning – something larger than our individual selves. Join us for a celebration of community and in recognition of all the good volunteer service that happens at UCV.
An all-congregational worship led by Rev. Epperson, the UCV children and the Chalice Choir.
The Flower Communion is a central rite for Unitarians around the world. At UCV it coincides with Mother’s Day, celebrating how our individual contributions to mentoring/parenting/mothering enable our children and young people to grow up and flourish as adults.
Please bring some flowers to share! (We’ll also hear something about the phenomenon of emotional/interpretive labour.)
Helen Hansen vocals and Michael Creber piano and the Chalice Choir sings.
Each year, our worship services feature classic elements of water, earth, and fire as means for celebrating our communion as a congregation. We share feelings and thoughts together in fellowship when we bring water in September, flowers on Mother’s Day and when we kindle flames on the last Sunday of the year. Today, we bring air, the fourth element to our service. Come prepared to breathe.
In this First Sunday all – congregation worship service we’ll be exploring ways in which we can be a people of balance. The ideal and practice of finding balance has been a key feature in religions, the sciences, the arts, and in our lived encounter with the rhythms of nature and the stages of our own lives.
One hundred years ago, working women and men staged strikes across Canada (with its epicentre in Winnipeg) in protest against unemployment, inflation, bad work conditions, low wages and in favour of collective bargaining. Management and government responded with massive obstruction and violence. It would take another three decades before Canadian workers secured union recognition and collective bargaining rights.
Our pledge drive kick-off lifts up and celebrates the vision of our congregation and its future. More than ever, the importance of a self-defining, self-governing and self-financing congregation strikes me as both visionary and essential for sustaining the deeper meaning and purpose of our community and our faith.
The Chalice Choir and Michael & Eleanore Dunn will perform.