The Flower Communion is an annual ritual held in the spring that celebrates beauty, human uniqueness, diversity, and community. Each person brings a flower from their own yard or garden, or from a source of their choice, to put in the baskets or vases before the service, and then goes home with a different flower. It can be seen as a celebration of the gifts that each individual brings to our congregation.
The Flower Celebration was initiated in Prague on 4 June 1923 by Unitarian minister Norbert Capek, who was also the founder of the Unitarian Church in Czechoslovakia. He saw the need to unite the diverse congregants of his church, from varying Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish backgrounds, without alienating those who had left these traditions. For this reason, he honored the universal beauty of nature by having a communion of flowers instead of the Eucharist. The ritual was brought to the United States in 1940 by the Rev. Maja Capek, Norbert’s widow, and was widely adopted by the American Unitarian churches, and their successor Unitarian Universalist congregations.
The children will be playing a part in our ritual, and the service will also feature a Benefactor Recognition. Dr. Gary Smart will be accompanying the service, and we will sing the Flower Communion hymn that he composed, which has become a tradition here at BBUUC.
Everyone bring your flower(s) for this BEAUTIFUL service!