Unitarian Universalists celebrate beauty, diversity, community during this ceremony. Bring a flower and join us. Visitors are always welcome at this home for liberal religion in the Chattahoochee Valley.
The ceremony is sometimes referred to as the Flower Communion or the Flower Festival. Norbert Capek, a Unitarian minister in Prague, Czechoslovakia, created the ritual in 1923. His wife, the Rev. Maya Capek, brought it to the United States. (Norbert Capek died in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II.)
The idea is simple. Everyone brings a flower. We place them in a vase, creating a spontaneous arrangement. At the end of the service, everyone leaves with a flower that someone else brought. In between, service leader Pat Hart and other members of the Fellowship will have something to say in celebration of our religious community. You can learn more about the ceremony here.
The UU Singers also will sing, as will the congregation, and accompanist Hongling Liang will play during the offering. Here’s what else is happening on Sunday.
9:30 a.m. Adult Religious Education. This week” “Holy Envy.” Maureen Humphries will lead the session.
9:30 a.m. UU Singers practice. (Join us. It’s fun.)
10:30 a.m. Coffee and conversation before the service. (And after!)
10:45 a.m. Sunday Service. (This week, the Flower Ceremony.)
10:50 a.m. The kids join us for the first few minutes of the service, which includes a children’s story. Then they adjourn to a classroom for their own activities.
Childcare is always available from 9:30 a.m. until noon.