Below you will find descriptions of what some of these traditions involve and mean.
You can see when these traditions occur
during A Typical Year at NUUC.
This is a tradition started by Norbert Capek, a Czech Unitarian in the 1930s. Congregants bring cut flowers to the service and add them to a large vase at the front of the sanctuary. This symbolizes the variety of gifts we bring to the community. During the service, children distribute the flowers so that everyone leaves with a flower brought by someone else.
This is a Sunday service consisting primarily of live music from people within the congregation. It also includes hymns sung by the entire congregation.
School Supplies service project
The congregation collects school supplies such as book bags, crayons, and paper for needy children in the Delaware and other nearby school districts.
In-gathering or Water Celebration
Congregants bring water from their travels during the summer. As each person describes their travel or events of significance, they pour their water into a large, communal container.
Every Member Canvass
Members of the congregation are visited in their homes or meet as groups in other settings to register their concerns and hopes for the congregation. They also indicate the financial contribution they commit to making in the coming year.
Congregants bring bread, which is sliced, placed in baskets, and distributed to the congregation during the service. This symbolizes how we nourish each other.
Holiday Family service project
A family in the local area is identified as having exceptional needs. The congregation buys toys, clothes, and other appropriate articles, gift wraps them, and distributes to them to the family who remains anonymous.