UUs to consider symbolism of water Sunday

By Pauline Benetti
Special to The PREVIEW
Water — this holy element that we take so for granted.
The Unitarian Universalist (UU) Water Service is a fall ritual especially purposed to welcome back into the community those who have been away during the summer, especially the children.
The invitation is to bring a small quantity of water that bears special meaning and to share that meaning with all of us. Consider this a special invitation to all our children, and should we have neglected to bring water from that special place, it is OK to substitute.
This Sunday, we will delve even deeper into the meaning of this ritual. Water has its own complex symbolism: as the source of life on the planet — the oceans, as the source of individual life — the amniotic fluid that is our home before birth, as that which sustains life — we whose cells are mostly water do surely die without it. This is our underlying oneness, but still we remain separate from each other. During this ceremony we attempt to bridge that gap by joining water from the places of our lives into one receptacle as we reflect upon our union.
It is also appropriate as we wait for possible restrictions on our water use in this our increasingly dry home, that we reflect upon what it would be like to not have safe water to drink — a fact of life for some three in 10 souls worldwide.
The Pagosa UU Fellowship extends and invitation to all to attend our service — whether you seek community, encouragement to spiritual growth, freedom to seek truth wherever it resides or simply a quite interlude of reflection. We are a welcoming congregation and invite everyone to share in our faith community. We cherish diversity and foster a safe environment for all.
Service begins at 10:30 a.m. and, following that, we invite you to share refreshments and conversation. Find us in Unit B-15 of the Greenbriar Plaza. From North Pagosa Boulevard, turn right onto Park Avenue and right again into Greenbriar Plaza, then turn left and continue around the complex until you see the Unitarian Universalist sign as it faces the mountains. Come in and join us. You are welcome.
For further information about the Pagosa UU Fellowship, visit pagosauu.org or call 731-7900.

This story was posted on September 8, 2018.