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Activity time: 3 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Chalice, candle and lighter or LED battery-operated candle
  • Centering table
  • A chime or bell
  • Newsprint, markers, and tape
  • Optional: Cloth for centering table

Preparation for Activity

  • Prepare to lead the Opening described below: Set a chalice table with a cloth, a chalice, candle, and lighter or LED battery-operated candle. Write the Opening words on newsprint, and post.

Description of Activity

Welcome all participants. Gather everyone in a circle around the chalice table. Ring the centering chime. Ask a volunteer to light the chalice, and recite together:

We gather together as Unitarian Universalists and members of the Signs of Our Faith community.

Together we join in a community where we may bring our whole, divine self. Together, we nurture and support this community so it can be a home for us and for others.

Remind participants that in other meetings they have learned about signs of our faith an individual might show by the choices they make and by how they interact with other people. Say that now the group will begin to look for signs of faith that communities of people can show-starting today with the community that is the congregation.

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