Flower Communion: Offerings from Nature

Flower Communion, originally created in 1923 by Unitarian minister Norbert Capek of Prague, Czechoslovakia, is an annual ritual that celebrates beauty, human uniqueness, diversity, and community. In Reverend Capek’s original ceremony and traditionally, everyone in the congregation brings (or is given) a flower and places a flower on the altar or in a shared vase upon arrival. During the service, the congregation blesses the flowers, and they’re redistributed. Each person brings home a different flower than the one they brought. Since not all of our UU Casper participants are comfortable with cutting or picking flowers, service leader Elizabeth Jo Otto has modified the ceremony slightly to accommodate these feelings allowing for other offerings to be brought and exchanged. Please bring a flower, stone, shell, stick, or other natural offering to exchange… no worries if you don’t, we’ll have extras to share.

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