Holidays and Traditions
Throughout the year, special services mark seasonal events and times:
On the Sunday after Labor Day, our Ingathering of Waters Service launches the beginning of the church year.
On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, we share Breads of the World.
On the Winter Solstice, we honor the return of the sun with an evening ritual.
On Christmas Eve, we offer two services—an early service for families (featuring a play starring our children) and a traditional candlelight service for everyone.
In May, Union Sunday celebrates William Ellery Channing’s “Baltimore Sermon,” given in the sanctuary on May 5, 1819. The Channing Sermon is regarded as the “declaration of independence” of the Unitarian movement as a national church.
In late spring, we recognize the diversity of our congregation with a Festival of Flowers, modeled after the Unitarian service developed before World War II by anti-Nazi activists Maya and Norbert Capek of Prague.