What is Flower Communion?

Flower Communion - celebrating individuality in community

The Flower Communion held during our last regular worship service of the church year (June 2) is one our annual rituals. Each person brings a flower to put in the baskets before the service, and then goes home with a different flower. It can be seen as a celebration of the gifts that each individual brings to our congregational community.

The Flower Celebration was initiated in Prague on 4 June 1923 by Norbert Čapek, who was also the founder of the Unitarian Church in Czechoslovakia. He saw the need to unite the diverse congregants of his church, from varying Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish backgrounds, without alienating those who had left these traditions. For this reason he honored the universal beauty of nature by having a communion of flowers instead of the Eucharist. The ritual was brought to the United States in 1940 by the Rev. Maja Čapek, Norbert’s wife, and was widely adopted by the American Unitarian churches, and their successor Unitarian Universalist congregations.