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  • The seasonal celebrations and special occasions of the UU congregational calendar show our theological diversity.
  • By Raquel V. Reyes
    ​The word quinceañera (pronounced keen-sen-YARE-ah) often refers both to a traditional Mexican or Latin American rite of passage (a girl's 15th birthday) and to the girl being celebrated. Quinceañera combines the Spanish words quince (KEEN-say), fifteen, and años (AH-nyos), years. The...
  • Community Ministry Sunday is celebrated on the first Sunday in February. Chaplains in settings such as hospitals, hospices, prisons,...
  • From beautifully illustrated books of poetry, essays and spiritual wisdom, to thoughtful, practical and thoroughly UU gifts, you'll find...
  • Celebrations. Traditions. This season we find ourselves dusting off menorahs, pulling out grandma’s Yule Log recipe, gathering candles for...
  • On or near the first Sunday in January, many Unitarian Universalist congregations hold a ritual to bid farewell to the old year, and to...
  • 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...
  • More Unitarian Universalist congregations are holding backpack blessings at the beginning of the school and congregational year: each child...
  • Check out these beautiful holiday cards which are perfect to send to friends, family, and loved ones this holiday season.
  • Día de los muertos (Day of the Dead) is a festive celebration in memory of those who have died. Its origins in Mesoamerica go back over 3,...
  • In the Christian tradition, Lent is a forty-day period before Easter. (Sundays are skipped in counting the forty days, because Sundays commemorate the Resurrection.) ...
  • Yom Ha'Shoah is a Jewish observance commemorating the lives and heroism of the six million Jewish people who died in the Holocaust between 1933 and 1945. It falls on the 27th day of Nisan, the first month of the ecclesiastical year in the Jewish calendar. ...
  • "Indigenous Peoples Day" reimagines Columbus Day, changing a celebration of colonialism into an opportunity to reveal historical truths about the genocide and oppression of indigenous peoples in the Americas, to organize against current injustices, and to celebrate indigenous resistance. ...
  • 2019 Advent dates: ...
  • Hanukkah 2019 begins in the evening of Sunday, December 22 and ends in the evening of Monday, December 30. ...
  • Christmas Eve is December 24, and is frequently celebrated in an evening service. It often includes “lessons and carols” and sometimes a...
  • Second Sunday of May. The following comes from Rev. Stefan Jonassen's “A Canadian Unitarian Almanac And Liturgical Calendar:” In 1872,...
  • April 22. Unitarian Universalism’s seventh principle: “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part” makes this a day to celebrate religiously. Themes can include: earth-centered spirituality; connecting to the divine through nature; caretaking of the environment;...
  • The Flower Communion is an annual ritual that celebrates beauty, human uniqueness, diversity, and community.
  • In 2019, Passover begins on the evening of Friday, April 19 and ends in the evening of Saturday, April 27. ...
  • The Water Communion, also sometimes called Water Ceremony, was first used at a Unitarian Universalist (UU) worship service in the 1980s ...
  • Hiroshima Day commemorates August 6 1945, the day when an atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, followed a few days...
  • The Bridging Ceremony celebrates the transition of our youth from their high school experience into young adulthood. One of the most...
  • Chalica is a week-long celebration of our Unitarian Universalist Principles . The holiday first emerged in 2005 out of a wish to have a...
  • Though Association Sunday officially came to a close in 2011, we hope you will continue the tradition of holding a special service each...
  • WorshipWeb uses the term "Children's Sabbath" to refer to Children's Chapel and other worship experiences designed for children.
  • Sunday, January 21, 2019 ...
  • Sunday closest to October 4. In the Roman Catholic tradition, October 4 is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis (1182-1226) was...
  • Sometime in June. This is a chance to recognize and congratulate members of the congregation who are graduating from high school. Often,...
  • Sometimes called Stewardship Sunday (or Celebration), this service often falls a few months before the congregation's fiscal year begins. A...
  • 2019: April 22 ...
  • Usually March 21 (March 20, 2019). Spring themes, including: lengthening of the days; nature coming to life again; joy; hopefulness; reawakening to ourselves after a long winter. ...
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  • On the Sunday closest to January 1st, many Unitarian Universalist congregations find creative ways to celebrate or mark the beginning of a...
  • IllUUmination is a Unitarian Universalist (UU) holiday instituted by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock. Celebrated during...
  • Usually December 22. Winter solstice is the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Traditionally, it is a time of both foreboding...
  • Many Unitarian Universalist congregations celebrate and recognize important days in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)...
  • Transgender Day of Remembrance (#TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 honoring the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of...
  • Many Unitarian Universalist congregations celebrate and recognize important days in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) calendar, planning services and joining community events in support of Gay Pride and other LGBTQ witness opportunities. ...
  • Justice Sunday is an annual program organized by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) that connects participants with people on the frontlines of today's human rights movement. It offers meaningful advocacy actions for people of all ages. ...
  • Usually in February, for Black History Month; or in March, as Reeb was killed on 3/9/65 and Young died on 3/11/71. This service is an...
  • Twelfth Night is a festival marking the coming of the Epiphany, the day when the nativity story recounts the three wise men visiting the...
  • Samhain, meaning "summer's end," is a celebration of the end of the harvest and the start of the coldest half of the year. For many...
  • From Tapestry of Faith Curricula Activities Stories Unitarian Universalist Perspectives UU World Articles on Halloween
  • Rosh Hashanah (Hebrew: רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה‎, literally "head of the year") is the Jewish New Year. ...
  • Sometimes the first Sunday after Labor Day. The kick-off of the church year for many congregations. Some congregations include the Water...
  • Variable. For congregations who have partner churches in other parts of the world (such as Transylvania or India), this is an opportunity...
  • Throughout the year (or sometimes just once a year), our congregations hold services to honor the newest members of the congregation. This...

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