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Unitarian Universalist Flower Communion

By John Graves
Special to The PREVIEW

On Sunday, June 9, the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will hold its annual Flower Communion service, led by award-winning author and director of the Archuleta County Education Center Julie Loar.

We will also recognize our young people, their programs, and their teachers on this special day.

Loar explains that the Flower Communion is a Unitarian Universalist tradition begun in a dark time in Czechoslovakia, around 1900.  It is now celebrated in many UU congregations in early June.

People are invited to bring a flower of their choice, from their garden, picked from a field or purchased.  Each person will place his or her flower in the vase at the altar at the appropriate time during the service.  Near the end of the program, each person can come forward and select a different flower from the vase.

The Flower Communion signifies that as no two flowers are alike, so no two people are alike, yet each has a contribution to add. The different flowers join to form a beautiful bouquet, representing uniqueness, diversity and community.  As our communion bouquet would not be the same without the addition of each individual blossom, so our Fellowship community would not be the same without each and every one of us.

The service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Pagosah 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.

And don’t forget to bring a flower!

This story was posted on June 6, 2013.