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  • Monthly Global Chalice Reading The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists distributes a new Global Chalice Reading each...
  • Unitarian Universalists use different terms for the words that begin a worship service, including call to worship, invocation, and opening words. These words invite the congregation from their separate lives and to the common place and time of the worship hour. ...

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  • By Kimberlee Anne Tomczak Carlson
    United in hope for the future, guides us to trust in love.
  • By Ben Soule
    This chalice is a symbol of our faith. It is a light of peace, of justice, and of love.
  • By Dan Lambert
    As we light this chalice, we gather as one body looking to the Nativity for its message to all of humanity.
  • By Douglas Taylor
    Across the generations, this flame comes to us. We join in the line and we carry the flame forward.
  • By Leslie Takahashi
    With our shared force we can travel toward oceans of meaning and seas of connection.
  • By Florence Caplow
    Labor Day Chalice Lighting
  • By Dawn Fortune
    We light this chalice as we wait for the sun to return.
  • By Molly Brewer
    I will not tell you that everything is okay right now; that there is no reason to be angry; that you must be optimistic or at peace.
  • By Chrystal Hogan
    We ignite this flame, symbol of our faith, to beckon us into community, warm our hearts with love, and give us a light to follow as we carry our faith into action.
  • By Chrystal Hogan
    We light this chalice to honor our work...
  • By Cheryl Block
    Leader: In this sacred space People: Let us be still in the quiet. Leader: In this sacred space People: Let our hearts open as a butterfly’...
  • By Nick Wilbourn
    We light our chalice this morning in the spirit of gratitude, Thankful for years of ministerial service to this church, For celebrations of...
  • By Raquel V. Reyes
    Luz del sol to warm your days. ...
  • By Celia Thurston
    I light this chalice for all the times you have lit this chalice; For every time you struck the match Or flicked that zapper thing Or...
  • By Katie Gelfand
    We call forth the life of our faith by igniting our chalice. This spark of new beginnings invites us into a sacred space to reflect where...
  • By Katie Gelfand
    We light our chalice as a symbol of gratitude as we celebrate the abundance of our lives together. In this sanctuary we harvest bushels of...
  • By Katie Gelfand
    We light this chalice as a symbol of reunion. We reunite in this sanctuary to share the flow of our hearts with one another. We gather...
  • By Amy Zucker Morgenstern
    Within the heart of the flower, the fountain of beauty Within the heart of the community, a fire that warms and dances Within the heart of...
  • By Kendyl R Gibbons
    I light this chalice as a symbol of my commitment to the values of Unitarian Universalism. May its light be a beacon of hope to me, and to...
  • By Catherine Callahan
    As the chalice is lit let us come together into the sacred space we have created. Let the cares of the day fall away and know that here is...
  • By Ben Soule
    Let us hold a quiet moment now as we light our Chalice. Henry David Thoreau wrote in his journal on February 2nd, 1841: "A child asked his...
  • By Katie Romano Griffin
    May the flame of this chalice, the symbol of our faith, connect us to all who have come before us, all who are with us in body and and...
  • By Ben Soule
    Let us hold a quiet moment together as our chalice is lit. As the wild wind bites, so does the still flame warm us. As the deep snows block...
  • By Sharon Wylie
    The hours of day and night are in balance. ...
  • By Connie Simon
    This is the hour. The time has come. Mindful of our responsibilities as leaders of this faith and guardians of the living tradition, we...
  • By Julianne Lepp
    We seek our place in the world and the answers to our hearts’ deep questions. As we seek, may our hearts be open to unexpected answers. May...
  • By Florence Caplow
    We light this chalice today in honor of the Unitarian Universalist First Principle: To affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of...
  • By Debra Burrell
    Fire consumes, and casts a bright light. May our chalice flame consume our regrets for the past, our fears about the future, and our...
  • By Chrystal Hogan
    In the presence of this fire We hear the voice of our God, Of our Goddess, of our Holy. “You are on Sacred Ground.” In the presence of the...
  • By Marnie Singer
    The chalice is the container — the space where the musicians and the listeners gather. The oil is the fuel— the hours of practice and the...
  • By Amy Russell
    Reader One : You who feel your heart is breaking, come in. Reader Two : You who are confused and wondering. Come in. Reader Three : You who...
  • By Adrian L. H. Graham
    We kindle a flame of power, illuminating the Holy in each of our faces. We recognize in the flame a passionate commitment to our shared...
  • By Rebekah Savage
    We light our flaming chalice as a beloved people united in love and thirsting for restorative justice. May it melt away the tethers that...
  • By David Breeden
    We light this chalice remembering and honoring our own tradition and celebrating the rich diversity of traditions among us. As we search...
  • By Erik Walker Wikstrom
    Here, today, in this place and with these people, May we listen so that we can hear; May we hear so that we can feel; May we feel so that...
  • By Josh, Prudence, & Percival Robern
    We are all flames. When we gather hand in hand our church our community our home We inspire, We celebrate, We come together Sharing our...
  • By Greg Ward
    If we are lucky, we will all get a chance during our life to know someone who becomes for us an exemplar of living. And if we are really...
  • By Selena Fox
    We kindle this flame with love for mothers and foremothers past, present, and future; We kindle this flame in celebration of community and...
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    Our words for the chalice lighting were written from the perspective of Jessica Star Rockers. Perhaps her specific memories will elicit...
  • By Ben Soule
    Out of the darkness, light. Out of the light, warmth. Out of the warmth, joy. Out of the joy, togetherness. May this flame hold us for the...
  • By David Breeden
    Our light is the light of the sun, keeper of all we love; our light is the light of the earth, provider of sustenance; our light is the...
  • By Melanie Davis
    If ever there were a time for a candle in the darkness, this would be it. Using a spark of hope, kindle the flame of love, ignite the light...
  • By Barnaby Feder
    We kindle a flame we trust will lead us forward as we travel in unknown lands, where the question, “Shall I ever get there?” resounds: A...
  • By Nick Wilbourn
    We gather here today to share and give thanks, To tell stories and break bread and be together in holy communion. We light our chalice this...
  • By Joanne Giannino
    We light this chalice in honor of Life’s sacred dance of living and dying. May its flame remind us of those who have passed to us fragments...
  • By Elizabeth Harding
    We Unitarian Universalists don’t drink from our chalice. Instead, we use it to hold the flame. The circle of the chalice helps keep the...
  • By Brian Kiely
    In times of darkness we stumble towards the tiny flame. In times of cold we seek the warming fire. In times of repression we reach for the...

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