May the blessing of the flowers be upon you.
May their beauty beckon to you each morning
And their loveliness lure you each day.
this Sunday for Father's Day, we are delighted to honor a long standing Unitarian custom of the Flower Communion.
Please bring a flower (or more than one) for each family member attending to place in the setting as you enter this Sunday. At the end of the service, we will be invited to choose a different flower to take home. In this way we bless each other.
I am glad we will share this custom on Father's Day, since dads don't receive flowers very often, but also because our service will reflect the idea best expressed by Judy Chicago:
And then all that has divided us will merge
And then compassion will be wedded to power
And then softness will come to a world that is harsh and unkind
And then both men and women will be gentle
And then both women and men will be strong
And then no person will be subject to another's will
And then all will be rich and free and varied
And then the greed of some will give way to the needs of many
And then all will share equally in the Earth's abundance
And then all will care for the sick and the weak and the old
And then all will nourish the young
And then all will cherish life's creatures
And then all will live in harmony with one another and the Earth
And then everywhere will be called Eden once again.
I look forward to seeing you and celebrating on Sunday! A reminder that the following week I will be at the General Assembly in Columbus, Ohio.
I look forward to bringing back ideas, energy and connection.
In blessing -