Holidays and Traditions
USG has many special worship services and celebrations.
Our Community Ingathering and Water Communion service is the first Sunday after Labor Day.
Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead is celebrated the Sunday of Halloween weekend. People are asked to bring photos of deceased loved ones for the alter and we celebrate with a superb Mariachi band.
Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is celebrated on a Saturday evening in early November. It includes a vegetarian feast, diya lighting, mandala making and music.
Bread Communion is the Sunday before Thanksgiving. The children make bread which they share with the congregation.
There are three special all music services in December, February and May with choir and small orchestra.
We honor the Jewish High Holidays and Kwanzaa in worship and have a Seder for Passover.
We celebrate Winter Solstice on the Sunday evening closest to the actual day.
We have two services on Christmas Eve, a pageant for families at 4:30pm and a candles and carols service at 6:30pm.
Our New Orleans Jazz Funeral is celebrated the first Sunday after New Year’s with great music from a six-piece Dixieland jazz group.
We have a special service on Easter and the children have an egg hunt and one for Beltane with a May Pole.
And we have a service honoring our Child Spiritual Development program in June.