In "Love Connects Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
Invite participants to come forward, one at a time, and light a candle (or select a stone and drop it in the bowl of water).
Gather the group and light the chalice. Ask participants to light their candles from the chalice flame, one at a time, and as they light their candle to share a few brief words about how and when they feel peace—for example, "I feel peace when I am out walking in the woods." Remind them it is always okay to pass and that it is important to respect the person who is sharing by listening to their words without interruption, comment, or judgment.
To conclude the ritual, light one final candle for "all the affirmations of peace we will receive or give until we gather again in community."
Make it clear that coming forward is voluntary and any participant may pass.
To include participants with mobility challenges or who use wheelchairs, place the chalice and candles or stones in the center of an open circle at a height all participants can reach. If any participants would be unable to move forward and light a candle or drop a stone in the bowl, invite one volunteer to light all the candles or drop the stones as individuals say their thoughts.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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