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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Unitarian Universalist Perspectives

Search Words for Worship Services

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  • Watershed (WorshipWeb)
    by Martina Thompson
    Tagged as: Earth-Centered, Nature, Unitarian Universalism, Worship, WorshipWeb


  • Poem in a Time of Peril (WorshipWeb)
    by Barbara Rohde
    Tagged as: 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Climate Justice, Earth, Earth-Centered, Nature, Strength, Truth
  • Suppose (WorshipWeb)
    by Stephen M Shick
    Tagged as: 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Climate Justice, Earth, Interdependence, International, Relationships, Service, Unitarian Universalism


  • All Water Is Connected (WorshipWeb)
    by Myke Johnson
    Tagged as: 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Awe, Connections, Direct Experience, Earth, Interdependence, Nature, Secular, Unitarian Universalism


  • To Be Resilient (Braver/Wiser)
    by Tim Atkins
    Tagged as: Beginnings, Direct Experience, Discernment, Earth, Earth-Centered, Environment, Journey, Nature, Power, Strength


  • A Ritual for Ingathering/Water Communion (international focus) (WorshipWeb)
    by Eric Cherry
    Tagged as: 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Connections, Earth, Globalism, Interdependence, International, Nature, Unitarian Universalism
  • A Ritual for Water Communion (WorshipWeb)
    by Gary Kowalski
    Tagged as: Buddhism, Christianity, Community, Diversity, Hinduism, Humanism, Inclusion, Taoism, Unity
  • Equinox Seed Ritual (WorshipWeb)
    by Diana Smith
    Tagged as: 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Abundance, Earth, Earth-Centered, Food, Nature
  • Four Part Water Communion (WorshipWeb)
    by Darcey Elizabeth Hegvik Laine
    Tagged as: Direct Experience, Earth, Earth-Centered, Nature
  • Memorial Garden Blessing (WorshipWeb)
    by Amy Zucker Morgenstern
    Tagged as: Direct Experience, Generations, Grief, Humanism, Imagination, Interdependence, Nature, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Secular
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.