This past Sunday we celebrated the beginning of another congregational year with our Water Communion ritual. It was the first OUUC outdoor service. It was the first time a larger group had gathered for worship at OUUC in 18 months. And it begins my third year of serving as your minister.
The Tech Team was amazing this past Sunday-thank you! When Mike Kyer, Jo Sahlin and Troy Fisher met to test things out, Mike recorded their activities, and used a time lapse app to share it. Check it out.
The ritual of sharing our water is a powerful one. We bring water from our individual lives and share it to create our community. Many of you shared something about your water in the chat, on a paper water drop, or in conversation s you drove through. Here’s a sample:
Home, which is now part of community
The Bay Area
The well on my land
The streams of the Cascades
Ground water from the Olympics
The Big Thompson River
The first UU water ceremony
A garden fountain
Massachusetts Bay to Pennsylvania Lake
Our home lake
People and Transitions:
Moved to Washington
Gratitude to the Earth
Last, at the end of the water communion, when all had shared their water in person, online and at the drive-through, I returned most of the water to the land. A small jar of water sits on the windowsill in my OUUC office waiting for next year.
Thank you all for sharing your individual water; together we make streams, rivers, oceans of community.
Blessings on your week,