Ingathering/Water Communion

Rev. Donna Dolham will lead us in the annual Ingathering and Water Communion. The service will be pre-recorded; you can view it here.

You can download the Order of Service here.

A community conversation will follow on Zoom at 10:45 AM. A special slide show will begin our community conversation.

Here is the link to the community conversation.

One tap mobile: +16465588656,,94024786941#,,,,0#,,496402# US (New York)

About the original ritual: In 1980, two Unitarian Universalist women—Carolyn McDade and Lucile Schuck Longview—were asked to create a worship service for the Women and Religion Continental Convocation of Unitarian Universalists.

As they shaped that service, McDade and Longview wanted to create a new ritual “that spoke to our connectedness to one another, to the totality of life, and to our place on this planet.” They included a new, inclusive symbol of women’s spirituality: water.

They write:

“Water is more than simply a metaphor. It is elemental and primary, calling forth feelings of awe and reverence. Acknowledging that the ocean is considered by many to be the place from which all life on our planet came—it is the womb of life—and that amniotic waters surround each of us prenatally, we now realize that [this worship service] was for us a new story of creation… We choose water as our symbol of our empowerment.”

(, accessed 9/3/20)

Please send Rev. Donna images of your special/sacred place that connects you to this ritual along with a few words of why this water connects you to our Unitarian Universalist faith, what it means to you or what makes it special to you.