Holidays and Traditions
Our congregation marks special days with special services, these include:
- A new member service, usually in January, where we celebrate those who join us in our faith.
- Four cornerstone services, one for each season, each of which marks one or more of the basic tenets of our faith. (See our beliefs.)
- A children’s play, usually in early spring. The play’s theme relates to basic tenets of the UU faith and brings together youth and adults in a shared project, building bonds that reach far beyond most regular programming.
- Flower Ceremony in June. Based on the tradition created by Norbert Capek. In it, attendees are invited to bring a flower of their choice, either from their own gardens or from the field or roadside. These flowers are placed together, signified that each has joined the others of their own free well. The vases are a symbol of the united church fellowship. The service reminds us that no two flowers are alike — just as no two of us are alike. Guests are then invited to take a flower home with them.
- Water Communion in September helps us mark the beginning of a new church year. Attendees are invited to bring a small amount of water from a place that is special to them. The combined water is symbolic of our shared faith coming from many different sources.
- Coming around Halloween, our Day of Remembrance helps us mark Día de Muertos.
- In December, our Mitten Tree Sunday helps us recognize the spirit of giving as congregation members are invited to bring mittens, scarves, hats and other winter supplies for individuals in need.
- Finally, our Christmas Eve service caps off the season, with candlelight and warm holiday music. Even while our services remain live and online during the pandemic, music plays an important role in the service, with plenty of opportunities for attendees to sing in their homes throughout the service.