Adapted from Circles of Light, a story in Session 2 of the Tapestry of Faith children's program, Creating Home.
After a big war, families didn't have enough food or clothing. Unitarians and Universalists needed a picture to put on their boxes of food and clothing and their trucks so people would know they were helpers. One man liked the picture of a beautiful cup with a flame and a circle around it. It reminded him of the gold cups that his Unitarian church used. He was an artist and drew a picture that everyone liked. They put it on the boxes so everybody knew they were boxes from Unitarians who wanted to help.
Our church [congregation] still likes to help people to create peace, love, and joy in the world. We use the flaming chalice as our special sign, our symbol. When we look at this symbol, we like to wonder about the big questions of life and to remember the beauty of all things.