Dia de los Muertos

We share the traditions of this ancient Mexican holiday which celebrates life by embracing the truth of death and inviting spirits back to earth for a party. Members and visitors are invited to participate in this interactive celebratory service by bringing momentos, thoughts, pictures, and/or favorite items of a dead friend or loved one whose life you wish to celebrate. We have a communal altar/ofrenda, and a chance to light a candle and share a brief remembrance.

Water Communion

The Water Communion, also sometimes called Water Ceremony, was first used at a Unitarian Universalist (UU) worship service in the 1980s. 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.

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