new UU holidays
Ohio River Group attendees were challenged to create new UU holidays, by Susan Smith (District Executive of the Southwestern UU Conference). The idea was to create something embodied, something authentically and wonderfully our own, not a derivative or partially-UU experience. It's a hard task, one I want to continue to chew on. We didn't create any holidays, but we did do some good work on other UU rites--a leavetaking ritual for a dying person and hir family & friends; a membership ritual for new members (including inviting them to bring a flower, to add to the bouquet on the chancel, symbolic that they are bringing their gifts to the congregation, not merely receiving, and a recitation of the covenant, so all members, new and old, recommit to their shared covenant); and a forgiveness ritual (we liked Les Kleen's music in the turquoise "Singing the Journey" supplement; I mentioned Post Secret).