BRATTLEBORO -- All Souls Church Unitarian Universalist invites all to worship Sunday Sept. 2, at 10 a.m.
A year after the raging floodwaters from Tropical Storm Irene, All Souls Church will gather to celebrate the annual Water Communion, and the deeper meaning of water. Led by All Souls Church Minister, the Rev. Barbro Hansson, testimonials of recovery and resilience will be shared.
During the Water Communion, the waters each person has collected during the summer will be co-mingled. The combined water is symbolic of the shared faith drawing wisdom and inspiration from many different sources.
It is always acceptable to bring symbolic water to represent an important place and a significant experience. A pitcher of symbolic water is always kept on hand so that everyone can participate, with or without that collected sample of water.
The Water Communion originated at the 1980 Unitarian Universalist Feminist Theology Convocation in East Lansing, Mich. The women who attended the Convocation were looking for new and inclusive rituals that would symbolize how the participants in the Convocation were all connected, not only to each other but also to the totality of life, as well as to the planet.
Today, the Water Communion is widely celebrated among Unitarian Universalist congregations to mark the end of summer and the beginning of the more formal church year. It is one of two uniquely Unitarian Universalist celebrations.
The All Souls Church Religious Education and Faith Formation Program for children and Youth will begin an exciting year of worship, service and learning on Sunday September 9th. Dynamic, active, multi-generational experiences are offered each Sunday morning.
Themes throughout the year will touch on UU principles, social justice, diversity, world religions and the environment. All classes incorporate quiet times of reflection, movement, play, art and music.
Faith Formation at ASC is offered to children in first grade to ninth grade. Nursery care is provided every Sunday.
All Souls Church is a Welcoming Congregation and a Green Sanctuary located at 29 South Street across the road from the West Brattleboro fire station and village green. For more information or directions, please call the church office at (802) 254-9377, e-mail email@example.com or go online to www.ascvt.org.