Sunday Sermon, September 23: Water Communion – a UU Ingathering

Held annually at the start of the new fall church year in Unitarian Universalist communities, the Water Communion, also sometimes called Water Ceremony, marks our end-of-summer in-gathering, welcoming back departed friends from summer journeys, and those returning to their southern roosts from northern climes.  Traditionally, members (and friends and guests!)  bring to the service a small amount of water from a place that is special to them, or that they’ve recently visited, and 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, and coursing through our lives as a single unifying river of faith in action.

Youth and adult religious education programs begin at 10 AM. In Adult Discussion: One Nation Under the Gun – According to the New Yorker, “The United States is the country with the highest rate of civilian gun ownership in the world. …No civilian population is more powerfully armed. Most Americans do not, however, own guns, because three-quarters of people with guns own two or more.”

Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalists is covenantal faith community in Odessa that welcomes seekers from all spiritual, theological and philosophical backgrounds who wish to join in a free, rational and responsible search for truth and meaning in their lives.  Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalists is located at 18412 Burrell Road, just off Tarpon Springs Road, east of Boy Scout Road) in Odessa.  Call (813) 792-1622 All are welcome!