The Flower Communion is a central rite for Unitarians around the world. Here at UCV, we celebrate it along with Mother’s Day—a time to welcome how our contributions to mentoring/parenting/mothering enable our children and young people to grow up and flourish as adults. In preparation for this years livestreamed service, be sure to bring a flower or blossoms from bush or tree into your home/apartment to share on-line with our congregation. We’ll let you know as the service proceeds how we can all participate in this beautiful ritual of community and the season of Spring.
Topic: Holidays and Traditions
Emily Carr’s extraordinary story and art make for a fine way to celebrate the themes of Easter. We’re going to try a grand experiment: pre-recording scenes of the pageant acted by UCV congregants and families from different locations and then stitching them together with original music and Carr’s glorious artwork. Join us for this home-made Easter celebration.
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.
This year, Mary Bennett will offer some reflections on the element of fire in our lives.
Patrick Dubois will treat us to music.
Wendy Bryan will lead the ritual of burning rosemary sprigs in our cauldron of transformation.
This is the 8th day of Hanukkah and we will light a menorrah – Sheila Resels.
People silently toss their sprig into the flames.Following the service there will be a sharing circle (“covenant group”) in Hewett Hall where you will be invited to share your comments if you so wish.
No reason to be alone or cooped up on this festive day! This is an informal gathering guaranteed to lift our holiday spirits. Share some food and good will with good company—and don’t forget to bring your carol and holiday singing voices!
Join us in this festival commemoration of Christmas. We observe this special evening with carols, candles, readings, and the spoken word.
This is a special service full of meaning and peace; invite your friends and family.
Our children, youth, and supporting adults bring you a history of traditions and Global awareness wrapped in familiar carols and a strong dose of fun. This year we are featuring two one-act pageants: an original work by one of our tween members and a lively talk show debate between Father Christmas and Mother Earth adapted from “A Holiday Lawsuit” by Marie Houck.
Join us to witness the beauty and joy of the season outwit commercial influences.
We celebrate the turning of the seasons and the many festivities of December in this, our annual Candlelight service. Join us for this joyful event featuring holiday poems, prose, and music. A great event for all—whether we come alone or in the company of family and friends.
A light, potluck follows in Hewett Hall—bring a holiday dish to share.
We commemorate this Remembrance Day in a service of poetry, prose, music and meditation. We gather to feel and think on the tragedy of war and the gifts of peace. We honour those who have served us in death and life.
The Chalice Choir sings.
On this Thanksgiving Sunday, let’s imagine what belonging may look and feel like. We want to be welcoming, but sometimes in our actions and words, we may create a sense of non-belonging. In this month of belonging, may we work hard to make our actions and words reflect our hope and promise that all are welcome.
Rev. Steven Epperson with special guests
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.
Order of Service