Holidays and Ceremonies
Unitarian Universalists honor and celebrate a wide range of holidays and occasions over the course of a year. Unlike other faith traditions that use a single lectionary (a collection of scripture readings appointed for a given day or occasion), the topics and themes for Unitarian Universalist worship services are usually chosen independently by worship leaders in congregations. These include unique UU traditions, like the Flower Ceremony, as well as holidays from other faith traditions, such as Christmas or Beltane.
View and download the 2023-24 UUA Worship Calendar (PDF), which includes faith-based and secular holidays that UU congregations often celebrate. The calendar also includes monthly worship themes used in popular theme-based ministry programs. To download or print, follow the link and use the File menu, then select the Landscape layout option.
Search Words for Worship Services
Displaying 1 - 10 of 1687 (items for multiple occasions are listed more than once).
Now the Work of Christmas Begins (WorshipWeb)By Howard ThurmanTagged as: Community, Hope, Justice, Peace, Purpose, Redemption, Service, Work
You Are the Holiday Miracle (WorshipWeb)By Gwen MatthewsTagged as: Christianity, Earth-Centered, Hope, Judaism, Love, Mystery, Paganism, Reverence, Tradition, Winter
Chalice Lighting for Advent (WorshipWeb)By Mary SheldenTagged as: Christianity, WorshipWeb, Worship
Chalice Lightings for Advent (WorshipWeb)By David BreedenTagged as: Christianity, Forgiveness, Generosity, Hope, Justice, Love, Patience, Peace, Strength, Winter, Wisdom
More Than a Bike (WorshipWeb)By Megan FoleyTagged as: Abundance, Belief, Children, Direct Experience, Discernment, Generosity, Humanism, Listening, Meaning, Secular, WorshipWeb, Worship
December 1 (WorshipWeb)By Ralph Yeager RobertsTagged as: Christianity, Unitarianism, Winter
December 10 (WorshipWeb)By Ralph Yeager RobertsTagged as: America, Arts & Music, History, Secular, Unitarianism, Winter
December 11 (WorshipWeb)By Ralph Yeager RobertsTagged as: America, Arts & Music, History, Redemption
December 12 (WorshipWeb)By Ralph Yeager RobertsTagged as: America, Arts & Music, Healing, Health, International, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Secular, Universalism, Winter
December 13 (WorshipWeb)By Ralph Yeager RobertsTagged as: America, Arts & Music, History, Secular