September 11: Homecoming Sunday and Water Communion

Central Unitarian Church, Bergen County’s liberal religious community, opens its 2016-17 church year on Homecoming Sunday, Sept. 11, at 10:30 a.m. The service begins with a Water Communion, a ritual widely practiced in Unitarian Universalist congregations across the country as members and friends reunite following their summer travels and ventures. Water samples brought from rivers, lakes, and oceans near and far are mingled in a large vase to celebrate diverse experiences and common humanity.

Remembrances and prayers will also be offered on this 15th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center.

The multigenerational worship service also features music by the House Band and Choir Conducted by Matt Anderson, Director of Music; a story by Dylan Debelis, Director of Religious Education; and a sermon by David M. Horst, Minister.

Children and families are welcome. Childcare for infants and toddlers is provided.  A congregational portrait and picnic follow the service at noon.

Central Unitarian Church, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association, is located at 156 Forest Ave., Paramus, about one-mile north of Route 4. Convenient parking is provided, and the building is wheelchair accessible. The church offers an array of music, worship, education, community service, public advocacy, and fellowship programs year-round.