Sermons on Holidays

Flower Communion Ceremony

The first Flower Ceremony was held in Prague one hundred years ago, in June 1923, led by Rev. Norbert Capek. For decades, this beloved tradition and its powerful history have provided meaning to UU congregations around the world. Join us as we celebrate and honor the spirit of Flower Communion at UUCE. (Click Save to download a .pdf of the sermon)

Spring Awakening: A Celebration of Ostara and the Equinox

Join us as we welcome the return of spring and the promise of new possibilities. Ostara is a time of balance and renewal when Earth awakens from its winter slumber and new life begins to emerge. Celebrate with us as we honor the Goddess Ostara, and celebrate spring and the Vernal (Spring) Equinox!

Imbolc Service

As we celebrate Imbolc and mark the coming of spring, we are reminded of the power of renewal and the cycle of growth.

New Year’s Rituals

Join us in two New Year’s rituals – a Fire Communion and an Intention Setting ritual – in which we bid farewell to the old year and hello to the new one. In the words of Rev. Elizabeth Harding, “The fire communion separates the end of the year from the beginning, helping us to put in perspective the joys and sorrows, the changes and transitions, the ups and downs of the year.”

The Gift of Presence

Written and led by Michele Ramsey Former Buddhist monk Andy Puddicombe said, “The biggest gift we can each give ourselves is the gift of being present — engaged with life, connected with each other.” As the holiday season approaches, for many of us we get busy or even busier. We have more places to go, things to do, and people to see. Perhaps some calming mindfulness is in order to help us be present for all the upcoming season brings…

Lammas – The First of Three Harvest Celebrations

This holiday celebrates the first harvest and the first enactment of the death of the god of the fields and of the grain, who is cut down in the fullness of life. We are reminded that all life feeds on other life, This is a good time to reconnect with the foods we eat.

Revisiting “The Good Father”

This Father’s Day we’ll take a look back at some excerpts from one of our favorite past sermons by Rev. Dan Brosier titled, “The Good Father” with new perspective on what it means to be a “father who mothers” 15 years later.

A Literary Mothers’ Day

As we celebrate Mother’s Day, we’ll be exploring some fictional mothers that can serve as both role-models and surrogates (for those who’s mothers left something to be desired).

May Day Rituals

In this sermon by Rev. Dan Brosier circa 1994, we explore how holidays provide an avenue for examining our cultural past. Some holidays like Martin Luther King Jr. Day don’t have roots that go very far back in time. But others reach far back into our human heritage. What we believe and do today is shaped by what preceded us, even though we may not realize it. We will dig into the holy day that has many names but we…

Holy Week

Holy Week takes on a bigger meaning when we consider that Easter, Passover, the Vernal Equinox, and Oestre have come together in a joyous surge of spirituality. Let’s take a look back through time and see how these religious observances became entwined.