September 1: Water Communion

Presenter: Karen Fothergill

The Water Communion, also sometimes called Water Ceremony, was first used at a Unitarian-Universalist (UU) worship service in the 1980s. Many UU congregations now hold a “Water Communion” once a year, often at the beginning of the new church year (September).

Members, including friends and visitors, bring to the service a small amount of water from a place special to them. During the service people one by one pour their water together into a large bowl. As the water is added, the person who brought it tells why this water is special.

Participants may also bring a small sample of water which can be symbolic from the actual location to add to the bowl. The combined water is symbolic of our shared faith coming from many different sources.

The Water Ceremony is an excellent opportunity for Unitarian-Universalist 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.

Unitarian-Universalism honors the differing paths we each travel. Our congregations are places where we celebrate, support, and challenge one another as we continue on our spiritual journeys. As Unitarian-Universalists, we covenant to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equality and compassion in human relations; and acceptance of one another.

Newcomers of all religious paths or none at all are always welcome. We are working on becoming handicapped-accessible but are not fully there yet. To avoid steps into the sanctuary please enter through the rear entrance to access a sloping hallway to the sanctuary. Please park in the rear of the building or on the street, in front or the side of the building. Child care is available during the adult portion of the service.