Holidays & Ceremonies

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  • Throughout the year (or sometimes just once a year), our congregations hold services to honor the newest members of the congregation. This...
  • In most Unitarian Universalist congregations, "youth" refers to middle- and high school students. Youth Sundays are often led by the youth...
  • Third Sunday in June. A time to celebrate the sacred vocation of fatherhood and the larger themes of paternal figures in our lives...
  • Second Sunday in June. This is a service that focuses on children and the children’s religious education (RE) program. Often, it is...
  • Usually in late Spring. Unitarian Universalist teenagers usually join their congregations with a special "Coming of Age" ceremony. This...
  • The Sunday before the last Monday in May: an important occasion to memorialize loved ones who have died in war or in other ways. Themes can...
  • Usually September 21 (2019: September 22). A time to remember cycles, seasons, the inevitability of change. A time to make an inner turn as nature makes a turn of Her own. ...
  • Faith Without Borders Driven by the firm conviction that every person deserves recognition of their inherent worth and dignity, Unitarian...
  • Kwanzaa 2019 begins on Saturday, December 26 and ends on Wednesday, January 1. ...
  • In 2019, Diwali starts on Sunday, October 27 and continues for 5 days until Thursday, October 31. ...
  • Sunday before Thanksgiving. Themes can include gratitude to God, gratitude for loved ones, gathering the family together, breaking bread...
  • All Saints Day is celebrated on November 1 by parts of Western Christianity (and on the first Sunday after Pentecost in Eastern...
  • October 24. Unitarian Universalism’s sixth principle: “The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all” can make this a...
  • Probably the most important of Judaism’s high holy days, the culmination of the Days of Awe, that begins with Rosh Hashanah. It was established in Leviticus 23:26-32. "Yom Kippur" means "Day of Atonement." It is a day set aside to "afflict the soul," to atone for the sins of the past year. Themes...
  • First Monday in September. The Sunday of this long weekend is often lightly attended because it’s considered the last weekend of the summer...

Call and Response: Journeys in UU Lifespan Faith Development

  • By Gail Forsyth-Vail
    Two weeks ago, I was part of an interfaith gathering where we asked one another, “What is weighing on you? What signs of hope are you...
  • By Gail Forsyth-Vail
    A couple of decades ago, many of our Unitarian Universalist congregations celebrated a Thanksgiving “seder,” a ritual patterned after the...

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UU Voices: Stories from the Movement

  • By Rachel Walden
    Long before Mother’s Day was celebrated with brunches and flower bouquets, Unitarian Julia Ward Howe wrote her Mother’s Day Proclamation to...

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  • Purim 2019 begins in the evening of Wednesday, March 20 and ends in the evening of Thursday, March 21. ...
  • All Souls Day (Nov. 2) is a Roman Catholic day of remembrance for friends and loved ones who have passed away. It developed alongside All...