Seed of Celebrations that
Honor Life and Death
Essence of this Seed:
*Sunday Morning Services
*Weddings & Hand-fasting
*Memorial Services & Celebration of Life
*Mother Blessing & Baby Blessing
*Chant and Meditation Circles
*Rituals of Seasons, Elements, Directions, & Devotions
*Coming of Age Ceremonies
Sunday, August 6, 2023
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
of Santa Cruz County
Click the above link to see and hear the
Messages delivered by
Gitanjali Lori Rivera
Join us this morning as we invoke all that is Divine and learn about the American Sufism practice of
Dances of Universal Peace.
Observances and celebrations are, quite simply, those points in our lives when we intentionally take time to acknowledge something we value.
Cultures and traditions all over the world observe and celebrate in one way or another; it’s what we humans have done since the origins of our species, and it is what we do best!
What this Seed has called me to do is to be a part of the occasions that benefit from having an officiant. Crafting an "order of service" or flow of events, especially working with others to co-create and collaborate, can facilitate a truly meaningful gathering.
This is done by considering and working with all that is being encompassed, be it traditional occasions, seasonal celebrations, any and all of the myriad ways that life beckons us to stop our usual routines and pay special attention.
What I have to offer in this ministry
is to be one who holds the container
for what it is that needs
to be held within it.
Blessed be this holding!
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Unitarian Universalist Principles and Sources:
We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote:
The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;
Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
The living tradition which we share draws from many sources:
Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. As free congregations we enter into this covenant, promising to one another our mutual trust and support.