Katie Sivani Gelfand

Katie Gelfand, in a scarf and hoodie, in front of the Grand Canyon

Katie Sivani Gelfand is the Director of Religious Exploration in the congregation that raised her, the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans. Concurrent to this ministry she is also a certified Spiritual Guide, Reiki Master Teacher, and Ritualist.

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May you be tender and gentle with yourself

Prayer | By Katie Sivani Gelfand | September 13, 2023 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Brokenness, Disaster or Crisis, Grief, Love, Self-Care, Self-Respect, Stress, Transformation, WorshipWeb, Worship

After the devastation of hurricane Katrina in 2005, the two UU congregations in New Orleans and one in Lacombe, LA formed a cluster known as the Greater New Orleans Unitarian Universalists (GNOUU) to share the work of rebuilding our UU churches and extending outreach into the community. For about...

By Katie Sivani Gelfand, Erica Merchant Lee, Cynthia Ramirez | April 1, 2021 | From Southern Region

This story is great to be acted out by four women (of applicable ages for each direction) around a large bowl/vessel....

Story | By Katie Sivani Gelfand | January 7, 2020 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Direct Experience, Earth-Centered, Generations, Imagination, Listening, Nature, Sacred, Spirituality, Unitarian Universalism, Water Communion, Women

We call forth the life of our faith by igniting our chalice. This spark of new beginnings invites us into a sacred space to reflect where we have been and where we are going. Even knowing that this particular flame will intentionally end with our ritual extinguishing, we fear not its end… For we...

Chalice Lighting | By Katie Sivani Gelfand | May 31, 2018 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Beginnings, Challenge, Courage, Direct Experience, Divorce / Separation, Earth-Centered, Ending, Fear, Humanism, Job Loss, Journey, Leaving Home, Letting Go, Life Transition, Mystery, Secular, Unitarian Universalism

We light our chalice as a symbol of gratitude as we celebrate the abundance of our lives together. In this sanctuary we harvest bushels of strength for one another, and offer our crop with the hands of compassion and generosity....

Chalice Lighting | By Katie Sivani Gelfand | May 31, 2018 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: Abundance, Christianity, Communion (Christian), Community, Generosity, Grace, Gratitude, Stewardship, Strength, Table Grace, Thanksgiving, Unitarian Universalism

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 together in ritual to celebrate our fountains of joy to hold each other through storms of grief to guide one another through rapids of transformation to rest...

Chalice Lighting | By Katie Sivani Gelfand | May 31, 2018 | From WorshipWeb
Tagged as: 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Community, Connections, Direct Experience, Earth, Nature, Transformation, Unitarian Universalism, Water Communion

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