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Red River Unitarian Universalist Church to celebrate Mother's Day, Flower Communion
By Red River Unitarian Universalist Church
May 8, 2017
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This Sunday, the lay-led congregation at Red River Unitarian Universalist Church will celebrate two important events:  Mother’s Day and Flower Communion; both events have deep religious meaning for Unitarian Universalists. 

Mother’s Day traces its roots to Julia Ward Howe, a Unitarian whose original intention was not to honor motherhood, but to rally Mothers For Peace by setting aside one day where women would speak out against war.  The video message  at the 11:15 Morning Assembly by the Reverend Marlin Lavanhar, senior minister of All Souls Church in Tulsa who will speak about Mothers and Grandmothers. 

Following his remarks the group will celebrate flower communion, a simple yet meaningful ritual that draws people into community without the trappings of traditional communion.  All are invited to  bring a flower to church and leave it on the alter table, then at the end of the morning the collected flowers - symbolizing the blending individuals into a communion – are distributed back to everyone. 

The Adult Forum, meeting at 10:00 a.m., will continue exploring Native Peoples of North America using a video/discussion format offered by Professor Daniel Cobb, from the Great Courses lectures. 

On Wednesday evening the second in the series “A Call to Faith During Turbulent Times” will be held from 6:15 – 7:45 pm in the chapel.  This week’s theme “A Call to Love” will explore ways people with divergent partisan politics can come together, in faith, to serve the needs of those marginalized by society. 

Red River Unitarian Universalist Church is located at 515 North Burnett Ave in Denison welcomes people from all walks of life -  Agnostics, Christians, Free Thinkers, Muslims, Atheists, Jews and people with no religious faith - because they believe diversity of thought helps to grow one’s soul in order to better serve the world.