Northwoods’ Liturgical Traditions

WATER COMMUNION
At the beginning of each church year, Northwoods congregants gather with water that symbolizes an experience or an insight that they had during the summer months. These waters are commingled and the common water is used throughout the year in Child Dedication Ceremonies.

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Each Sunday before All Saints Day Northwoods reflects on our ancestors and our beloved dead through the building of a community altar.

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
These seasonal events include a pageant presented by the children as well as Christmas Eve candlelight services.

BURNING BOWL SERVICE
On the first Sunday of the New Year, people are invited to note something they wish to let go of and then consign it to a flame.

GORILLA SUNDAY
The men of Northwoods create a service reflecting male spirituality accompanied by the men’s Gorilla Chorus.

FLOWER COMMUNION
Each Easter Northwoods celebrates the beauty and diversity of community through a flower communion originally created by the Czech Unitarian Rev. Norbert Capek.

YOUTH SERVICE
Each spring the high school youth of Northwoods share their spirituality and vision by creating a unique worship service for the congregation.