The annual flower communion serves as an opportunity to consider the role of nature in our lives, our inter-connectivity each other and to our world, and to celebrate our diversity which doesn’t divide us rather it’s the beginning of discovery & unity . You are invited to submit a “flower offering:” photos, videos or brief live commentary to share what flowers symbolize or mean to you. The idea is to appreciate the flowers where they are leaving them to complete their natural cycle. Service will include newly created ritual and contemplative elements adapting the traditional in-person flower communion ritual to self-guided practice and online sharing. Please engage in gathering photos and videos of your flowers in accordance with current CDC guidelines, UU principles and loving compassion. Photos and videos can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on “Attend an Online Service” on the uucasper.org main menu for information about how to join the service on Zoom.
Here are some ideas/suggestions for creating and submitting photos and videos, but please feel free to be creative!
- Photos: The photo should involve flowers in some way, and can be from a place you’ve traveled to, from your home, neighborhood or wherever, old or newly taken. Add to your email any text you would like to be read while your photo is shown during the service: you might consider including things like where was the photo taken, and what is meaningful about it to you, literally or spiritually.
- Videos: Cell phones take great videos – we’d suggest positioning the phone horizontally (“landscape”) rather than vertically. It’s also helpful in our editing process if you wait a couple seconds at the beginning before you start speaking, and also leave a couple seconds at the end after you’re done speaking before you stop the video. Introduce yourself at the beginning, and try to speak slowly and clearly – you may need to speak more loudly than normal, especially if you are some distance from the phone or if there is background noise. Try to pick a calm time of day if you’re videoing outside – our Casper wind causes lots of noise!
Topics: Annual Flower Communion