In honor of the history of the ice cream sundae being created in Ithaca by a Unitarian minister, we serve ice cream sundaes to the community during the annual Porch Fest event, usually the third Sunday in September. The porch of our parish house also features community musicians.
Unirondack Labor Day Camping
Each year we fill the Unirondack camp and conference center in the Adirondacks with 100 excited campers in cabins and tents who use the time to connect with one another and the great outdoors. Unirondack 2023 will be held on Labor Day weekend: Friday Sep 1 to Monday Sep 4. To those new to FUSIT or Unirondack, it is a marvelous inter-generational camp in the Adirondacks. We cook meals together, swim in the lake, laze, sing songs and tell tall stories over campfires, play capture the flag and gaga and run all over camp and so much more. The friendships and bonds formed are amazing, and truly serve to build community.
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The last “regular” service of the year is held at Stewart Park the second Sunday in June. We join together for our Flower Communion which is an annual ritual that celebrates beauty, human uniqueness, diversity, and community. In this ceremony, everyone in the congregation is encouraged to bring a flower, which is placed in a shared vase. The flowers are blessed and redistributed. This ceremony represents how the presence of each one of us changes our community and is also changed by our community. The ceremony also symbolically represents the different gifts that we each bring to the community.
This is followed by a potluck lunch by the beautiful Cayuga Lake.
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