In "Gather the Spirit," a Tapestry of Faith program
This ceremony honors individual beauty as well as the greater power of the collective beauty of a bouquet.
Invite participants to make tissue paper flowers to "float" in the river on your mural. Demonstrate how to make the flowers. Invite participants to find their own ways to pinch, crumple, fluff or clip the tissue paper until the circles look like a flower to them. Tell the group:
This activity is a modified version of the Flower Ceremony many Unitarian Universalist congregations enjoy. For today, each individual flower symbolizes how each of us has a unique and needed contribution to give our communities. We will float some of our individual flowers in our river.
And, we will gather some of our flowers together in a vase. That will show how if we want to make a beautiful bouquet, we need lots of different flowers. When our community wants to solve a problem, we use many people's different mental, physical and economic gifts to make all our lives better.
Invite participants to attach individual flowers to the River Scene, so some flowers float along the river.
Gather some flowers to put in a vase. You may want to wrap one end of a chenille stem around the others and let the remainder form a stem; you may need to twist a second chenille stem to make the flower stem tall enough.
Once the bouquet is full and the River Scene has flowers floating on it, gather the group to reflect on their creations. Say something like:
We have made a bouquet of flowers in this vase and added flowers that float on the river. How would this look if only one flower was in this vase and only one flower floated? How does having a group of flowers add to the river and the vase?
Tell the group they will now hear a story that illustrates how partners working together solved a complicated, serious water problem that neither partner could have solved alone.
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Last updated on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.
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