Holidays and Traditions
At UUCE, we celebrate holidays important to the faith traditions of our members. This includes Pagan holidays like the Solstices and Samhain, Christian holidays like Christmas and Easter, and secular holidays like Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Earth Day.
In addition, we have UU holidays and traditions that we incorporate into our yearly worship schedule.
Twice a year, UUCE celebrates the music that brings a congregation together by devoting an entire worship service to the music of our members and friends.
Here at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin, we have three UU services per year that center around community and togetherness.
- The Water Communion is our in-gathering service each year. It happens in September, and marks the beginning of the church year. Members and friends are encouraged to bring a small amount of water from a place that is special to them, either from home or from their summer travels. As everyone adds their water to the communal bowl, they share why that water is special. The final combined water is symbolic of the diversity of experiences and beliefs that come together to create our congregation.
- The Bread Communion is a service that centers around intentional community. It happens in November, usually near Thanksgiving. As members and friends share in the fresh-baked bread, they are asked to consider what it means to be part of a community; both the support and experiences they bring to the community, and the help and care they can receive in return.
- The Flower Communion is the final service in the official church year. It happens in the beginning of June just as schools are letting out. This service is a way to celebrate the congregation, and carry reminders of its diversity into the summer with them. Everyone is invited to bring a plant to exchange, either a cut flower or a potted plant. Although it’s called the Flower Communion, several congregants bring a variety of potted plants including vegetables and native plants. This exchange of plants represents the exchange of ideas and experiences that happens in our congregation, and celebrates our connection to nature.
- Child Dedications: In UU congregations infants and children are welcomed into the church community through a dedication. Our child dedication ceremony is both a welcome and a promise by the congregation to provide continuing support and love as the child grows.
- Bridging Ceremony: This celebrates a big transition in our youths’ lives, either between middle school and high school, or between high school and their life beyond. They walk across a bridge, welcomed on the other side by their friends, family, and congregation, representing the continuing support they will receive as they go through this big life change.