April rain may bring May flowers, but it’s June that has things blooming at the Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence.
This Sunday marks a yearly tradition for Unitarian churches around the world: the Flower Communion. The tradition involves everyone in the congregation bringing a flower to the front of the church and then taking another flower, a sort of beautiful way for each person in the congregation to recognize and embrace each other’s differences, says the Rev. Jill Jarvis, the church’s part-time minister.
The tradition dates to a minister, the Rev. Norbert Capek, who founded a large Unitarian church in the Czech Republic and started the tradition in the 1920s.
“He invented the Flower Communion, which symbolized the coming together in community of diverse people, beautiful in their pluralism,” she says of the minister. “It was a huge success and celebrated annually in his congregation.”
The Flower Communion will be held at 9:15 a.m. Sunday at the church, 1263 N. 1100 Road. It is open to the public, and everyone is asked to bring a flower to contribute to the community bouquet.