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The Flower Communion

Celebrating Flower Communion is an excellent opportunity for Unitarian Universalist (UU) 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.

Following are a few suggestions for bringing Sixth Principle Ministry to life in relation to your Flower Communion service in Seven Areas:

  • Spiritually,
  • Through Education,
  • Through Advocacy,
  • Through Partnership,
  • Through Stewardship,
  • Through Pilgrimage and Witness, and
  • Through Associational Leadership.

Hopefully they will inspire even more creative ideas.

For more information about any of the suggestions, or to share additional ideas, please contact the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Office of International Resources: international @ uua.org.

Spiritually

  • Make good use of the excellent materials written and collected by Reginald Zottoli (PDF, 9 pages). This collection includes historical information about Reverends Norbert and Maja Capek, readings written by Norbert Capek for the original Flower services, and suggestions of appropriate hymns.
  • Include the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU)'s most recent Global Chalice Lighting Reading.
  • Offer heartfelt thoughts and prayers for all U/U brothers and sisters around the world.
  • Commit to be spiritually inspired by U/U’s who lived lives committed to international engagement, like Rev. Waitstill and Martha Sharp and Natalie Gulbrandsen, 
  • Offer your spiritual support to people around the world, especially those who suffer for righteousness sake:

Through Education

Through Justice Making and Advocacy

  • During the Flower Communion service highlight the international advocacy work your congregation is already involved with, or invite the congregation to consider doing so by:

Through Partnership

  • Send a virtual flower to the Religious Society of Czech Unitarians
  • During the Flower Communion Service remember the importance of your congregation’s international partnership with a UU congregation in Transylvania, Hungary, India or the Philippines.
  • If your congregation doesn’t have a partner church, invite a conversation to become involved with partner church ministry through the UUPCC.

Through Faithful Stewardship

Through Pilgrimage and Witness

  • During the Flower Communion Service or following it:
    • Announce a congregational pilgrimage to your partner church
    • Share pictures and stories about a recent congregational pilgrimage
    • Invite the congregation to imagine a place where their religious witness would be helpful, and invite them to plan to do so.
  • Share information about UUPCC pilgrimages—no partner church experience required.
  • Invite a speaker from a UUSC Just Journeys experience to share his or her experience with your congregation.

Through Associational Leadership

  • Honor the International engagement leadership that a member of your congregation has provided locally or to the Unitarian Universalist movement.
  • Commit to share your congregation’s experiences in international engagement with other UU congregations—the UUA’s International Resources Office would like to help you do so!

For more information contact international @ uua.org.

This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Thursday, April 5, 2012.

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