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  • The Water Communion has changed since its 1980 inception , and as Unitarian Universalists adapt the ritual. In recent years, however, many...
  • In 1980, two Unitarian Universalist women—Carolyn McDade and Lucile Schuck Longview—were asked to create a worship service for the Women...
  • The Water Communion, also sometimes called Water Ceremony, was first used at a Unitarian Universalist (UU) worship service in the 1980s ...

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Spirit of Life

  • By Kimberly French
    Excerpted and adapted from "Carolyn McDade's Spirit of Life" by Kimberly French, UU World magazine, Fall 2007. Used with permission...

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  • By Leslie Takahashi
    With our shared force we can travel toward oceans of meaning and seas of connection.
  • By Kimberlee Anne Tomczak Carlson
    You have been looking for something larger than yourself.
  • By Debra Haffner
    Happy new year! ...
  • By Amy Zucker Morgenstern
    May all our hours together be blessed as this one has been: by open-hearted sharing, learning from one another, and making beautiful harmonies together. And may we greet everyone we encounter with the same acceptance and grateful kinship, until we meet again. Blessed be.
  • By Mel Hoover, Rose Edington
    Water unites us. All water is one water, shape-shifting as it goes on and on in its unending cycle. The stream we gather by unites us with all the waters of the world, for all of life depends on water. ...
  • By Katie Gelfand
    We light this chalice as a symbol of reunion. We reunite in this sanctuary to share the flow of our hearts with one another. We gather...
  • By Katie Romano Griffin
    Come, let us enter this space of hope and community. Come, let us enter this space with our sorrows, our joys, our passion and compassion...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    It was at a gathering of white women when this gathering of the waters first came to pass. White women in a second wave of gender self-...
  • 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 Diana Smith
    This hands-on ritual could be used to celebrate Earth Day, a Solstice, or an Equinox. ...
  • By Jason Shelton
    Holy waters.... holy waters... holy waters... holy waters Holy waters, make us new. Holy waters, make us whole. Holy waters, make us free...
  • By Matt Alspaugh
    A glass of tea sweats a circle of droplets on an old table Drying, they pull dirt and stain from the wood, leaving a ring Water makes its...
  • By Gregory Pelley
    And so we gather, from the ebb and flow of our lives Thirsty for connection to ourselves Thirsty for connection to others Thirsty for...
  • By Ranwa Hammamy
    This water is sacred. It is made sacred by the many hands that have poured it with intention and love, the many stories that each drop...
  • By Elizabeth Lerner Maclay
    As drops of rain that find each other and build to become a track, a rivulet, a stream, a river, a sea, so are we drawn together; so are we...
  • 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 Charlie Dieterich
    Note: The ritual does not include exposure to dirty water. We pour purified water from the previous year over the hands and into the common...
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    Based on a folktale from Africa and China. Printed in Doorway to the Soul , ed. Elisa Davy Pearmain (Pilgrim Press, 1998). Themes:...
  • By Christopher Buice
    Once upon a time there was a drop of water named Higgins. Higgins was no ordinary drop of water. He was a drop with a dream. Higgins lived...
  • By Barbara Rohde
    Of course truth is hard. It is a rock. Yet I do not think it will fall upon me And crush me. I do not think they can hammer it to bits And...
  • By Stephen M Shick
    Suppose you scrub your ethical skin until it shines, but inside there is no music, then what? —Kabir Suppose you cried a thousand years for...
  • 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 Christian Schmidt
    A tale of salvation, ecology, and sharing. Characters Narrator Noelle Voice in a dream Noelle’s sisters Jane, Rain, and Elaine Friendly...
  • By Susan Karlson
    May the Waters gathered here remind us what each of us brings to this community, and of the waters that nourished us before we were even...
  • By Eric Cherry
    Many Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations follow an annual Ingathering tradition on the first Sunday after Labor Day that includes a...
  • By Kayle Rice
    It starts with a drop, Then a trickle... A burble, a rush of water, bubbling toward its destination; And finally the wide, endless sea. All...
  • By Jane Altman Page
    I invite you to join me in a special ingathering ritual in which we will gather in energy and love from all directions. Your responsive...