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Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Chalice, candle, and lighter or an LED/battery-operated candle
  • A chime or a small bell
  • Newsprint, markers, and tape
  • Copies of Singing the Living Tradition, the Unitarian Universalist hymnbook
  • Taking It Home handout
  • Chocolate coin candy (or any candy with a gold wrapper)
  • Optional: Refreshments

Preparation for Activity

  • Customize Taking It Home and copy for all participants.
  • Obtain chocolate coin candy-or another kind of gold-wrapped candy-enough for each participant to give and receive several pieces. Distribute the candy around the chalice on the centering table.

Description of Activity

Distribute Taking It Home. Form a circle and join hands. Lead the group to sing a reprise of Hymn 402 in Singing the Living Tradition, "From You I Receive."

Invite participants as they are moved to select a candy and offer it to another participant while saying the words, "You are a gift for which I am grateful." After every person has had an opportunity to give and to receive, say:

Unitarian Universalism is a gift for which we are grateful. May our generosity today be the fuel that ensures a bright flame of faith for generations to come.

Extinguish the chalice.

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