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Activity time: 3 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Small worship table
  • Chalice, candle and lighter or LED battery-operated candle

Preparation for Activity

  • Set the chalice on the worship table.

Description of Activity

Gather the group in a circle. Ask a participant to light the chalice as you or another participant read the opening words from the UUA's online Worship Web, by the Rev. Kendyl R. Gibbons:

We are here because we are people of faith. Within each of us lives the conviction of a saving faith that could restore our broken planet and illuminate the lives of our sisters and brothers.

Ancient wisdom teaches that we who would save the world must first save ourselves. We who would restore the planet must learn to restore the broken structures of the institutions closest to hand; to illuminate the lives of our companions and friends.

To this end let us center ourselves, acknowledging the trouble of mind and vexation of spirit that accompany us even here.

Let us open ourselves to that creative mystery which is at work in our striving, whose servants we are and seek to be.

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