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  • By Megan Dowdell
    Each week until Christmas, we light a new candle on the Advent wreath, a circle of evergreens, along with each of the preceding candles.
  • By Sheri Prud'homme
    This ritual connects us to our history; to the earth and the cycle of life. The times we are living in call for new ways to lean into the depths of ancient ritual.
  • By Lyn Cox
    We’ll light these Advent candles, one more each week, to remember hope, peace, joy, and love. As we light them throughout this season of waiting, let us remember to be fully present in the moment with each other, with ourselves, and with the source of blessing as we understand it to be.
  • By Kendyl R Gibbons
    In a few moments, there will be a splendid party celebrating (name)’s passage into young womanhood. At that time, she will receive a series of traditional gifts, symbolizing the duties as well as the privileges of her new status. At this moment, in the spirit of reverence, we present some of these...
  • By Kendyl R Gibbons
    Presentation of quinceañera by parents: (Minister’s name), I, (parent), and I, (parent), present to the congregation of [congregation's name] and of our family and friends, our daughter, (name), upon the occasion of her 15th birthday. Today we acknowledge her transition from the role of our...
  • By Karen G. Johnston
    Let us ground ourselves in gratitude: using the colorful paper and something to write with, we prepare for our Gratitude Confetti ritual...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    For each of the last four Sundays, we’ve lit candles on the Advent wreath. Each light was a step into the darkness, towards the turning of...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    Week 4: Love (Dec. 24, 2017) Every Sunday morning this month, we’ve woven Advent into our worship life at [congregation]. “Advent” comes...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    Week 3: Joy (Dec. 17, 2017) Advent is a season of waiting, of expectation, and of longing. On this third Sunday of Advent, we light one...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    Week 2: Peace (Dec. 10, 2017) The four candles on this wreath count down through the season of winter’s dark leading into the light. Advent...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    Week 1: Hope (Dec. 3, 2017) Many years ago, thousands of years ago, people in the northern hemisphere were thought to have gathered wreaths...
  • By Mandie McGlynn
    While they were eating the Passover meal, Jesus took the bread in his hands and began to speak. “I am working to create infinite Justice, and I will never stop as long as I live.” He looked around at them. “But you know as well as I do that ‘as long as I live’ isn’t going to be very...
  • By Carol Thomas Cissel
    Introduction This ritual is a beginning, a starting point, a first step taken towards each other. You will blend words, music, and movement...
  • By Tony Lorenzen
    At the bottom of this page, you'll find suggestions for this ritual's sanctuary setting. Board Chair/President: This morning, we reconnect...
  • By Tess Baumberger, Erika A. Hewitt
    This Releasing of Covenant was created to end the final worship service of a settled ministry. Minister: For [ number ] years you have...
  • By Diana Smith
    This hands-on ritual could be used to celebrate Earth Day, a Solstice, or an Equinox. Before the service begins, set up a table or two (or...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    The new year calls us forward, filled with mystery. As we turn toward that new year, we take a final glimpse of the past year, and reckon...
  • By Andrew Weber
    Our [congregation name] ancestors are the ones who physically bought this land*, built some of our buildings, raised the money to create...
  • By Michelle Buhite
    May we enter into this relationship with humility and compassion, openness and curiosity.
  • By Alex Haider-Winnett
    This child dedication includes some multi-sensory elements. We recommend talking to parents in advance about how the child might respond...
  • By Julia Hamilton
    For this blessing, the youth were invited to sit in a semi-circle on the chancel, around the chalice, and then come forward one at a time...
  • By Lois Van Leer
    This ritual was designed as part of a worship service/fire communion. Please see that holiday description for more details. Leader: Today’s...
  • By Laura Bogle
    We are called by the principles of our faith to embrace and affirm the inherent worth of dignity of all people. Some of us affirm quite...
  • By Lyn Cox
    This ritual was used as a Time for All Ages on Valentine's Day, but could be used on any number of Sundays—whether there are children and...
  • By Dawn Skjei Cooley
    Introduction The Cornbread and Cider Communion is a tradition in some of our congregations. With gratitude for our freedom and for our...
  • By Audette Fulbright Fulson
    In a free religious community, to serve is the highest expression of our commitment and love. To be asked to lead is the highest honor...
  • By Mark Stringer
    The following ritual—which could be used to honor a congregation's founders—is used at First Unitarian Church of Des Moines (IA) to honor...
  • By Darcey Elizabeth Hegvik Laine
    The following is a creative format for a water communion , but most other worship elements have been removed to highlight they way that the...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    This is a ritual of caring (or, if you like, praying) for one another, couched in terms of struggle and hope. Part 1 will take a few...
  • By Teresa Honey Youngblood
    The Birthday Circle is a ritual that shows children that they are loved, known, and appreciated in our families and communities. Done in a...
  • By Chip Roush
    Lay Leader: Our church family is constantly changing. People come and go. Babies are born. Children grow up. People commit themselves to...
  • By Tess Baumberger
    In a worship service, the congregation presented farewell gifts to the outgoing Director of Religious Education/Exploration (DRE) before...
  • By Tess Baumberger
    Please note: this ritual was preceded by the departing minister's homily, in which she looked back at the installation service and the...
  • By Sandy Hoyt, Suzanne Reitz
    This ritual, for use within a worship service, calls for the voices of two lay leaders—such as the Board President and a worship associate—...
  • By Manish Mishra-Marzetti
    New Member Covenant (new members recite in unison) We enter this faith with hope and possibility in our hearts, pledging to participate in...
  • By Daniel Chesney Kanter
    Responsive Reading of Dedication 2011 (based on readings from 1950 and 1964 dedications of this church adapted by Rev. Kanter). To the...
  • By Gary Kowalski
    We draw from many wells, From oceans and rivers, From lakes and streams, From the muddy Mississippi to the roaring Rio Grande, From faraway...
  • By Liz Benjamin
    On altar or table at front of sanctuary: red cloth, pine and holly, four red candles, pine cone, conch, feather. Also needed: drum, rattles...
  • By Tess Baumberger
    The Wedding blessing is to be used with a wedding ritual of pouring water from two vessels into a common vessel, as an alternative to a...

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