Flower Communion: The Seeds of Creativity

  • June 21, 2020
  • at 11:00 am
  • Presented by: the Sunday Services Committee
  • Online via Zoom

    The flower communion was initiated in Prague on June 4, 1923 by Reverend Norbert Capek, founder of the Unitarian Church in Czechoslovakia. He saw a need to unite the diverse congregants of his church with a symbolic ritual, without alienating those who had left other traditions. He chose to honour the universal beauty of nature by creating a flower celebration. It was brought to North America in 1940 by his wife, Maja Capek. And so, every year, we have our own flower communion service with the telling of Rev. Capek’s story.

    In this Covid 19 induced conversion of customary living, what seeds of creative change might have been sown? What seeds planted in this time can we nurture that will blossom into positive change? What changes in our own lives would we also want to nurture? What do we want our society to look like when we emerge from this pandemic?

    Gardeners creatively distance plants in bed designs, not unlike the present social distancing we are experiencing.Being separated at service, we will have a creatively distanced flower communion, via zoom.

    Do you have a favourite flower? You can share it at the service with an actual blossom, or send us a picture that we will project on our screen. 

    To listen to an abridged service, please click below:

    0:00 min (Opening Words); 1:00 (Chalice Lighting); 1:38 (Song – For The Beauty Of The Earth); 4: 23 (Story – Mousehole Cat); 11:32 Music, Reading, Silence, Music); 18:25 (Flower Communion).