Holidays, Traditions & Life Transition Services
These are some traditional services unique to Unitarian Universalism in general and UUCM in particular:
Ingathering – after summertime, when ministers take time off for education and renewal, the congregation meets together to begin the new church year, in early September – we share water collected from our summer travels and the memorable events that occurred.
Stone Soup Service – this fall service focuses on the old story with many new twists and typically has a skit performed by youth on the story’s theme. A yummy soup and bread meal is shared by all.
Christmas Eve – Yes, UUs have a Christmas service, sometimes two or more. A traditional service is offered, and often a child-friendly service is held earlier.
Fire Communion (New Years) – This service celebrates the shedding of old and the ringing in of the new. Slips of paper with the past memories are burned in a shared fire.
Flower Communion – A special UU tradition originally created in 1923 by Unitarian minister Norbert Capek of Prague, Czechoslovakia, the Flower Ceremony invites members to bring a flower to share, and in return take a flower away. A simple dance is performed by the youth to welcome all the flowers collected in their baskets then placed on the altar.
New Member Ceremony – we welcome new members periodically during the church year, and celebrate their joining. By signing the membership book and making a pledge, people commit to join the congregation, and the congregation in turn commits to supporting their membership.
Child Dedications – A new child is brought by parents to be welcomed to the family and congregation
Youth Coming of Age – As our youth transition through ages into adulthood we recognize the significant milestones and eventually welcome them as adult members of the Congregation.
Weddings – see more about weddings on our facilities page.
Memorials and Life Celebrations – are held to remember loved ones.