The Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane has a rich array of all-ages, annual events and rituals, which take place throughout the year. If you would like more information about any of these or would like to get involved in the planning for any of these, please contact Director of Children and Family Ministry, Aria Curtis.
The Water Communion ritual is a uniquely Unitarian Universalist ceremony, which originates from a worship service at the Women and Religion Continental Convocation of Unitarian Universalists in 1980. It is now an annual ritual in many Unitarian Universalist congregations across the nation. In our own congregation, it is a ritual which marks the passage of time and reminds us of the importance of our community. We use water as a metaphor for the way that we each are part of the whole and to bring us together after summers of coming and going. Water Communion usually takes place during a Sunday service early in September.
Blessing of the Backpacks
In late August or early September, families are invited to gather together to participate in a Blessing of the Backpacks, as their children and youth return to school. This ceremony aims to remind children of the love and care which this community holds them in at all times. Participants receive a small token which they can attach to a backpack or purse, so that they can carry their community and their UU values with them throughout the week and year.
This annual celebration of the fall is a small festival-like party, which includes music, games, delicious food, face-painting, and more! It takes place in mid-September and, while entry to Village Fest is free, any proceeds generated from the event go toward some special project which benefits the children and youth of the UUCS community.
Pumpkin Carving Party
Every fall, a week or two before Halloween, UUCS families gather together for a fun, themed celebration. We carve pumpkins together, tell scary stories, play games, and sometimes there’s even a haunted house! This event often includes a potluck dinner.
Annual Winter Decorating Party
While the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane is not a Christian organization, many of us enjoy celebrating winter rituals like Christmas, as well as the winter solstice. In preparation for those holidays, we gather together every year in early December to decorate our building for the winter holidays. This often features decorating a great, big winter tree, making ornaments, singing carols, and cooking dinner together.
Partner Church Dinner
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane has a long and wonderful friendship with our partner church in Felsőrákos, Romania. Every March we celebrate that friendship with a Hungarian dinner, cooked by our Partner Church Team. This dinner is a wonderful opportunity for families to explore global Unitarian Universalism and to place themselves in our rich history.
We are a congregation of many people, who gather together in many different ways. Our Annual Dinner, which takes place in the early spring every year, is an opportunity for all of us to gather together in relationship. This is often a potluck-ish dinner, featuring fun activities or entertainment and is for community members of all ages.
Child Dedication and Bridging Sunday
This annual service on the first Sunday of June is an opportunity for the congregation to celebrate new life, as well as the growth and accomplishments of youth as they age into young adulthood.