Water Communion

After the traditional summer closing of the church, members return in September and engage in the water communion during the first two Sunday services. They are asked to bring in a small amount of water from a place they experienced spiritual renewal over the summer. Members share stories of where the water came from and how gathering it was a spiritually renewing experience. At the conclusion of the services, Reverend Susan adds that new year’s water to water from past years. She uses it during child dedication ceremonies. Using the water, which symbolically brings together shared dreams, hopes, and ideals, deepens the connection as we come to understand that we all have a responsibility to nurture and care for all the children of the world. When we hold a child dedication ceremony, we each make a commitment to the child and their parents to make them a part of our religious/spiritual home.