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Homecoming Water Communion

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Homecoming Water Communion

Time: September 11, 2011 from 11am to 12:30pm
Location: First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia
Street: 2125 Chestnut Street
City/Town: Philadelphia, PA 19103
Website or Map: http://www.philauu.org
Phone: 215-563-3980
Event Type: worship
Organized By: Former Settled Minister
Latest Activity: Sep 11, 2011

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Please bring a small container of water in preparation for our annual homecoming service. We will have water stations with microphones for people of all ages to call out one word that represents the wisdom they intend to bring to the church this year. For example, folks may say “I bring patience,” “I bring humor,” “I bring joy,” “I bring questions,” etc… Some may wish to name the location from which the water was gathered by saying simply, “From New York we bring renewal,” “From our mother’s grave we bring grief,” etc… Our hope is to craft a ritual that inspires our community to work intentionally and to live authentically. The communion will be underscored with the song Spirit of Life, written by Carolyn McDade who co-founded the water communion ritual.

            This ritual will be followed by a sermon entitled, What Have We Learned Since 9/11? In honor of the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2011 Reverend Nate will ask, “What have we learned since 9/11?” This healing sermon will explore the hard-won lessons that we, as one human family, have been forced to learn. In this time of remembrance we will use these lessons to cast a vision based on mutual understanding and peace. 

            Note: After the homecoming service there will be a UU & You orientation for new members in the Parish Room and a Teamwork Fair in the Sanctuary. And, back by popular demand, Jen Hayman unites with her rock band to offer a 2 pm Rock@1stU worship service in Griffin Hall.

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