A time-honored Unitarian Universalist tradition is here once again! This summer, be sure to collect some water from a special place, near or far, in preparation for our annual Ingathering Sunday Water Ceremony, which will officially mark the “end of summer” on Sunday, August 26. As you travel this summer (or simply as you’re enjoying a local stream, river or pond), please remember your Heritage UU Church community and gather a small amount of water from any place that has personal or spiritual significance for you.
Then, on Ingathering Sunday, everyone will pour their collected waters into one common chalice, for use (after sterilization, of course!) in our February Water Healing Service, and in baby dedications, memorial services and other rituals and rites of passage throughout the upcoming church year. The ceremony symbolizes our shared, human connection, while emphasizing our oneness with nature and our Universalist belief that the individual ultimately merges with the whole.
Oh, and our Choir returns to sing after a summer break that Sunday too. So, gather some water – and mark your calendars, too!