Speaker: Rev. María Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa

Flower Communion

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 … Read the rest

Memorial Day

Winston Churchill is often quoted saying: “History is written by the victors,” and while it is true that our nation’s history has been told overwhelmingly from the perspective of straight, white, cis-male folks of means, those who have been marginalized, disenfranchised, have always found ways to remember and tell their stories.  Those stories, though, have almost universally been drowned out by the dominant narrative. On this Memorial Day Sunday, we reflect on the roots of … Read the rest

Covenant & Conflict

A dialogue between Rev. Maria Cristina and Mileva Saulo Lewis, Vice-President of the Board of Trustees.

Covenants are promises that we make together to affirm to us and the world who we are and what we believe. Covenants, like creeds or mission statements will not eliminate conflicts. Rather, these statements should provide the foundation for our living tradition which is strong enough to acknowledge and withstand our differences.  Why –  because the “we” of us … Read the rest

International Women’s Day

This year, the United Nations has chosen the theme “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow.” They are promoting gender equality in the context of the climate crisis. Theologically, we find inspiration and valuable resources in Eco-Feminist and Eco-Womanist approaches in the powerful voices of women and girls leading the climate justice movement.

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