Celebrating the Water Communion

The Water Communion, also sometimes called Water Ceremony, was first used at a Unitarian Universalist (UU) worship service in the 1980s. Many UU congregations now hold a Water Communion once a year, often at the beginning of the new church year (September).

Members bring to the service a small amount of water from a place that is special to them. During the appointed time in the service, people one by one pour their water together into a large bowl. As the water is added, the person who brought it tells why this water is special to them. The combined water is symbolic of our shared faith coming from many different sources. It is often then blessed by the congregation, and sometimes is later boiled and used as the congregation's "holy water" in child dedication ceremonies and similar events.

Faith Without Borders

The Water Ceremony/ Communion Service is an excellent opportunity for Unitarian Universalist congregations to express their commitment to our Sixth Principle: We covenant to affirm and promote the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all. See Sixth Principle Resources for Water Communion Services.

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Invocation

  • Gathering of the Waters (WorshipWeb)
    by Renee Ruchotzke
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Anti-Oppression, Direct Experience, Earth, Gender, Identity, Multiculturalism, Race/Ethnicity, Reconciliation, Tradition, Unitarian Universalism

Litany

  • Blessing of the Water (WorshipWeb)
    by Ranwa Hammamy
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 6th Principle (World Community), 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Community, Connections, Diversity, Earth, Hope, Nature, Relationships, Transformation, Unitarian Universalism, WorshipWeb

Meditation

  • The Strength of Water (WorshipWeb)
    by Jamila Batchelder , Molly Housh Gordon
    Tagged as: Earth, Earth-Centered, Imagination, Nature, Self-Respect, Strength
  • Water Makes Its Mark (WorshipWeb)
    by Matt Alspaugh
    Tagged as: 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Awe, Direct Experience, Earth, Earth-Centered, Nature, Relationships, Science, Transformation

Music

  • Holy Waters (WorshipWeb)
    by Jason Shelton
    Tagged as: Awe, Earth, Earth-Centered, Nature, Sacred, Unitarian Universalism, Wholeness

Opening

  • A New Year for Beloved Community (WorshipWeb)
    by Debra Haffner
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Beginnings, Community, Inclusion, Judaism, Unitarian Universalism, Vision
  • A Place of Belonging and Caring (WorshipWeb)
    by Kimberlee Anne Tomczak Carlson
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), Abundance, Acceptance, Caring, Commitment, Community, Home, Unitarian Universalism
  • Ingathering Ritual with Calling of Directions (WorshipWeb)
    by Jane Altman Page
    Tagged as: Earth-Centered, Paganism
  • Invoking the Past, Present and Future (WorshipWeb)
    by Katie Romano Griffin
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Community, Connections, Generations, History, Humanism, Interdependence, Purpose, Tradition, Unitarian Universalism, Unity, Vision
  • Learning to Love This World (WorshipWeb)
    by Molly Housh Gordon
    Tagged as: Beginnings, Community, Earth, Earth-Centered, Interdependence, Nature
Blue cloth rippling across chancel at the UU Congregation of Fairfax, VA.
Man and child pour water into the common bowl.
A tiny drop of water bouncing off of the surface of water in a bowl.