Unitarians to celebrate Flower Ceremony

By Jean Strahlendorf
Special to The PREVIEW

On June 1, the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will present a talk entitled “The Flower Communion,” a unique Unitarian Universalist ritual that began in a dark time in Czechoslovakia around 1900 and is now celebrated in many Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations at the beginning of June.

Julie Loar will lead the service and has remarked, “‘The Flower Communion’ signifies that as no two flowers are alike, so no two people are alike, yet each has a contribution to make. The different flowers join to form a beautiful bouquet, representing uniqueness, diversity and community.”

People are invited to bring a flower of their choice from their garden, picked from a field or purchased. Each person will place their floral offering into a vase on the altar. Near the end of the service, each person can come forward and choose a different flower from the vase to take home. Just as our communion bouquet would not be the same without the addition of each individual blossom, so too our fellowship community would not be the same without the presence and contribution of each and every one of us.

Celebrating the Flower Ceremony is an excellent opportunity for UU congregations to express their commitment to our Sixth Principle: We covenant to affirm and promote the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all.

It is the mission of the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship to “grow as a diverse community with differing beliefs and shared values. We seek to encourage spiritual growth and strive for compassion, justice and responsible action in our society and on our planet.”

Julie Loar has served on the steering committee and as director of religious exploration for the Pagosa UU.

The Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship sponsors a children’s spiritual educational program and encourages families with children to please join us for our Sunday service. Our children’s religious programs teach our Unitarian Universalist heritage, ethical living, moral precepts to love your neighbor, work for a better world and to search for truth with an open mind. We also offer a number of inter-generational program activities. Arts and crafts projects are utilized to illustrate these principles.

The service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall. The address is Unit B-15, Greenbriar Plaza. Turn east on Greenbriar Drive off of North Pagosa Boulevard by the fire station, then left into the back parking lot and look for the big sign. All are welcome.

This story was posted on May 30, 2014.