Celebrating the Water Communion
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 bring to the service a small amount of water from a place that is special to them. During the appointed time in 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 to them. The combined water is symbolic of our shared faith coming from many different sources. It is often then blessed by the congregation, and sometimes is later boiled and used as the congregation's "holy water" in child dedication ceremonies and similar events.
Faith Without Borders
The Water Ceremony/ Communion Service 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. See Sixth Principle Resources for Water Communion Services.
From Tapestry of Faith Curricula
Unitarian Universalist Perspectives
- UU World Articles on the Water Communion
- Interconnections Article: Changes to Water Service Bring Deeper Meaning
- Lifting Water Communion above privilege and trivia, a blog post by Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern
Words for Worship Services
- So are we bound together
- May The Waters Gathered Here
- Teacher Hand Blessing
- All Rivers Run to the Sea
- What Will You Bring to the Feast?
- Blessing of the Water
- Ingathering Ritual with Calling of Directions
- Poem in a Time of Peril
- A Ritual for Ingathering/Water Communion (international focus)
- A Ritual for Water Communion
- Four Part Water Communion
- Higgins: A Drop with a Dream
- Noelle and the Really Big Boat