Mothers and Flowers

In 1872 Unitarian Julia Ward Howe began advocating the creation of a “Mother’s Day for Peace.”  Her original concept has completely died out. The history of Mother’s Day reminds us that it is more than a day for flowers and pancakes. It’s a time to highlight the aspects of motherhood that are not usually visible in the greeting card aisles.   In 1923 Unitarian minister Norbert Capek of Prague, Czechoslovakia created a symbolic  ritual to bind people more closely.  His original concept has flourished and spread throughout Unitarian Universalism as a living tradition celebrated each spring.  On Sunday, we ask that you bring a flower or two as together we remember a “Mother’s Day for Peace” and symbolically bind people together with our Flower Communion.

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