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UUSGU Religious Exploration Newsletter June 1, 2023

“Say it with Flowers!” has been the advertising tagline for florists for as long as most of us can remember. According to legend it was created by an adman in 1917 to promote the new Florists’ Telegraph Delivery Association. Both the tagline and the FTD are still around, but the lore and language of flowers has been used for centuries longer. Greek legend tells us that Aphrodite (the goddess of love) was so beautiful that red roses sprung up wherever she walked. Artemis’ nymphs hid amongst the violets to protect their modesty. The narcissus was given its name and its meaning of vanity thanks to an especially prideful young man who fell in love with his own reflection in a pond after dismissing several hopeful maidens as not being pretty enough to match his standards.

This month, as we prepare to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Norbert Čapek’s Flower Communion, it is especially appropriate that our theme is Flowers. Flower Communion is celebrated by Unitarians all over the world, and although we do not all celebrate it on exactly the same day or in exactly the same way, we are all celebrating the same aims and the same goals.

Upcoming RE and Family Events at UUSGU

June 4th--Service with guest, Matt Meyer, 10 a.m.

-- LAST WEEK of RE classes, childcare available

-- RE Teacher Appreciation Sunday

-- RE Committee Year-end Wrap-up Brunch

June 11th--100th Anniversary of Flower Communion Multigen Service, 10 a.m.

--no RE classes, childcare available

--Congregational Meeting after service, childcare available

June 18th--Father’s Day Multigen, 10 a.m.; no RE classes; childcare available

--Congregational Picnic and All-Congregation Rock Painting? (details TBA)

NOTE: There is only one more week of RE classes this program year; childcare only on June 11th and June 18th


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