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Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Chalice, candle, and lighter or LED/battery-operated candle
  • Handout 2, Meditation on Love
  • Taking It Home handout
  • Copies of the Unitarian Universalist hymnbook, Singing the Journey

Preparation for Activity

  • Customize Taking It Home and make copies for all participants.
  • Preview Hymn 1017 in Singing the Journey, “Building a New Way.”
  • Optional: Recruit a volunteer song leader from the group.

Description of Activity

Distribute Taking It Home, Singing the Journey, and Handout 2 (for those who need a copy). Lead participants or have a volunteer to lead them in singing “Building a New Way.”

Then form a circle and join hands. Invite each participant to offer a blessing for the group to carry away. Model a blessing using your own words or these:

May you go from here into a life of shared abundance. May that which you receive and that which you give enrich your life beyond measure.

After everyone has shared a blessing, extinguish the chalice.

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