Sunday, May 17, 2015

Celebrating Diversity…

Once a year at the church we attend, we hold a Flower Communion.  The Unitarian Universalist Association describes the service this way:
The Flower Ceremony, sometimes referred to as Flower Communion or Flower Festival, is an annual ritual that celebrates beauty, human uniqueness, diversity, and community.

Originally created in 1923 by Unitarian minister Norbert Capek of Prague, Czechoslovakia, the Flower Ceremony was introduced to the United States by Rev. Maya Capek, Norbert's widow.

In this ceremony, everyone in the congregation brings a flower. Each person places a flower on the altar or in a shared vase. The congregation and minister bless the flowers, and they're redistributed. Each person brings home a different flower than the one they brought.

I look forward to this service every year not only for the beauty of the flowers that people bring, but also for the way it celebrates our uniqueness and diversity, qualities I truly value.

Sharing with you all today the diversity of Mother Nature here in the Northeast USA.

We come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes.
Some of us grow in bunches.
Some of us grow alone.
Some of us are cupped inward,
And some of us spread ourselves out wide.
Some of us are old and dried and tougher than we appear.
Some of us are still in bud.
Some of us grow low to the ground,
And some of us stretch toward the sun.
Some of us feel like weeds, sometimes.
Some of us carry seeds, sometimes.
Some of us are prickly, sometimes.
Some of us smell.
And all of us are beautiful.
What a bouquet of people we are!
~Thomas Rhodes

Heading out on the road for a few days tomorrow morning.  Olive, the pug,  is staying home to take care of our son Evan while we are gone.  Hope you all have a great week ahead!


Mike @ A Bit About Britain said...

I'm no church-goer, but that's a lovely idea; just wonderful. And beautiful photos.

TexWisGirl said...

i like that idea, too. and a great poem to go with it. have a good trip!

eileeninmd said...

This ceremony sounds very nice. I like the idea everyone goes home with a different flower. Your flowers are beautiful, lovely images and poem. Have a happy new week ahead!

Brian King said...

Gorgeous flowers! Enjoy your trip!

Barb said...

You show the beauty of diversity. Have fun!

Nicki said...

That is a sermon and celebration I could get behind. Such a wonderful way to illustrate the reality and value of diversity.

Enjoy your time away.

Robert Nicolaescu said...

Beautiful post!

Debbie said...

Gorgeous blooms, the light is perfectly beautiful!! Have a wonderful trip!!

The Furry Gnome said...

That Flower Sunday sounds like a great idea. We recently had a Holy Hilarity Sunday service.

Sandra said...

love the poem by Rhodes, have not seen it before. and poor sweet Olive will miss you... beautiful flowers and the flower festival sounds good to me

Nick V. said...

What a great idea for a church. The floral service is a beautiful tradition.

You may wish to join up with the Floral Friday Fotos meme:

Juliana said...

Oh I love intense colors! Unforgettable spring captures!

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Beatrice P. Boyd said...

The service sounds like a nice event to celebrate diversity, Barbara. And, the verse was a perect accompaniement to the post. Enjoy the road trip.

Juliana said...

Чудові весняні фотографії! Дуже соковиті кольори! Браво

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