Many Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations have an annual tradition of celebrating a Water Ceremony/Communion early in September as a ritual of welcoming members of their congregation to a new church year.
Though these services vary greatly from congregation to congregation, they are generally an excellent opportunity for 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.
This webpage describes a variety of ways that congregations can promote “Sixth Principle Ministry” during these services and the days surrounding them.
Congregations participating in the Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA’s) “Faith Without Borders” (FWB) program will find the structure of this pamphlet familiar as it offers suggestions for Sixth Principle ministry in 7 areas:
Through Pilgrimage and Witness, and
Through Associational Leadership.
Congregations who aren’t participating in FWB may find this organizational method helpful as well.
If there are other ways in which your congregation expresses its commitment to our Sixth Principle during Water Ceremony/Communion rituals, please share them with the UUA’s International Resources Office (IRO). And, if you have any questions about this webpage or would like further assistance, please let the IRO know.
Have a wonderful and meaningful Water Ceremony/Communion service this year.
For more information contact international @ uua.org.
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Last updated on Tuesday, September 13, 2011.
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