As a transfer candidate from the PC(USA) ministry, one of the things I struggle with is having a firm grasp on the “high holy days” of the UU liturgical calendar.
In the Christian tradition, there’s Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter, Pentecost, etc. They roll around, one following another, year after year. This is a cycle that makes sense to me, since I’ve travelled the Christian wheel for years. The UU cycle, and the rituals included in it, are newer, and more elusive.
I worry that in my first UU congregation, I’ll get a phone call some Saturday, asking if I remember that the following day we’re celebrating some important ritual I’ve never heard of–or forgotten.
Now I know many congregations will soon “gather the waters,” but what other holy days and rituals do our congregations observe? What do they mean, and when do they happen? What is our calendar?
I asked these questions today in the UU Worship Lab on Facebook, and I’m looking forward to what the group members say. I think I’ll make this a blogging project–starting with the gathering of the waters, a.k.a. “Water Communion.”