This service, sometimes also called the Water Ceremony, was first used at a Unitarian Universalist congregation in the 1980s. Many congregations now hold a Water Communion once a year, often at the beginning of the new church year in September. We typically have ours at UUCM on the second Sunday in September.
Members bring to Sunday worship service a small amount of water from a place that is special to them or from a place they have visited over the summer. During the service, people one by one pour their water together into a large bowl. As the water is added, each person explains why this water is special to them. The combined water is symbolic of our shared Unitarian Universalist faith coming from many different sources.