Flower Ceremony

The origin of Flower Communion goes back to Norbert Čapek, the founder of the Unitarian Church in Czechoslovakia. He saw a need to unite the diverse congregants of Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish faiths in his church. For this reason, in 1936, he honored the universal beauty of nature by having a communion of flowers instead of the Eucharist. As a liberal minister, Čapek was a threat to the Nazi regime; they detained him in a concentration camp where he died. Yet his ritual lives on, inviting us into the spiritual practices of seeking beauty and unity even and especially when we are surrounded by ugliness and division in our world. Join in our beloved annual service–and bring a flower with you–whether from a bouquet, your yard, or a dandelion from the roadside.

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