The anniversary celebration emphasizes the existence of liberal faith in the hard times of the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia (1939–1945) followed by forty years of a Communist regime (1948–1989). The celebration also reminds us of the movement’s powerful emphasis on tolerance and acceptance of each other over differences that put boundaries between us. This notion is reflected in the Flower Communion, which has its origin in Prague in 1923 and has since been adopted by many Unitarian Universalist congregations around the world.
To highlight our anniversary, we invite other UUs from around the world to join us in the International Flower Communion, to take place in the Unitaria building in Prague on June 10, 2012. Czech composer Karel Loula created a special Flower Communion composition for the event. The service will be recorded and streamed on the Web.
If you cannot attend in person, we invite you to join us by sending a “virtual flower”—it can be a group photo or a photo from a special event, but the picture should contain a flower symbolizing the group or individuals. The pictures will be presented during the Prague Flower Communion service together with the flowers brought by participants.
- International Flower Communion. Czech Unitarians celebrate their 90th anniversary in June 2012 with a Flower Communion, which their founding minister, Norbert Čapek, introduced in 1923. (unitaria.cz)