On this joyful Sunday join us at 10:30am for our all ages Water Ceremony. We will be in-person with a livestream to YouTube*.
We celebrate the ever flowing river of life as we gather together after the summer quietness. The river is sometimes just a pleasant trickle tinkling along, at other times it roars, overflowing its banks. Together we gather at the riverside, knowing we are better together, ready to face whatever the river sends our way. We will spend time in conversation, listening to guest musician Helen Graham’s beautiful oboe, and pouring water into the water chalice. Bring a vial of water from home or a place that nourished your spirit – we pour the water into the water chalice, replenishing the community. Wear your favourite blue clothing!
Come and be welcomed with a cup of water to quench your thirst and stay after the service to enjoy a light lunch of sandwiches.
The Unitarian Universalist water ceremony began in 1980 when two UU women—Carolyn McDade and Lucile Schuck Longview—were asked to create a worship service for the Women and Religion Continental Convocation of Unitarian Universalists. McDade and Longview wanted to create a new ritual “that spoke to our connectedness to one another, to the totality of life, and to our place on this planet.” They chose to use water, considering water as “more than simply a metaphor. It is elemental and primary, calling forth feelings of awe and reverence….” Here at UCM, water is a symbol of the healing and empowering nature of our spiritual community. In caring for one another we grow stronger together.
I look forward to seeing all of you on Sunday.
*The YouTube livestream of the Service will be available to subscibers to the UCM channel:
To subscribe, find the Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga on YouTube, and hit the subscribe button. The livestream will appear on the main page when it begins. Live Streaming without a Zoom gathering is an experiment for September, please let us know what you think.