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Fall 2018 Chalice Lighter Calls

Help UU Church in the Pines Buy a Church Home of Their Own!

The Fall 2018 Chalice Lighter call for our Florida geographical area has been awarded to UU Church in the Pines in Weeki Wachee, Florida. Chalice Lighter funding will help the congregation buy their first building. UU Church in the Pines plans to celebrate their upcoming 30th anniversary by becoming more firmly planted. Plans include more community outreach than currently possible by adding evening and weekday programs in a new central location. A church home will help the congregation become a more integral part of the community by supporting an identity as a stable faith community and serving as a hub for justice-linked services and programs.

Read the complete announcement for this UU Church in the Pines Chalice Lighter call.

How to contribute to UU Church in the Pines:

Online donations may be made via PayPal here: (look for the “Donate” button towards the bottom of the web page; you do not need to have a PayPal account to use this method) or use PayPal to “Send Money” to UUChPines [at] gmail [dot] com.

Donations by check, payable to “UU Church in the Pines” with a memo “Chalice Lighters,” may be mailed to UU Church in the Pines, Attn: Chalice Lighter, PO Box 1062, Brooksville, FL 34605.

Help Horizon UU Church Build a Community Garden!

The Fall 2018 Chalice Lighter call for our Southwest geographical area has been awarded to Horizon UU Church in Carrollton, Texas. Chalice Lighter funding will help the congregation launch a new community garden on their campus. Community service will be an integral goal of Horizon’s Community Garden. Gardeners will donate 50% of their garden produce to nearby charitable organizations. The congregation will be mentored by community partner Giving Garden of Carrollton. The shared goal is to provide a sustainable community garden for the citizens of Carrollton and neighboring communities, without regard to demographic or socioeconomic status.

Read the complete announcement for this Horizon UU Church Chalice Lighter call.

How to contribute to Horizon UU Church:

Online donations may be made via PayPal here: (look for the “Donate” button on the right side of the web page; you do not need to have a PayPal account to use this method) or use PayPal to “Send Money” to administrator [at] horizonuu [dot] org.

Donations by check, payable to “Horizon UU Church” with a memo “Chalice Lighter/Community Garden,” may be mailed to Horizon UU Church, Attn: Chalice Lighter/Community Garden, 1641 W. Hebron Parkway, Carrollton, TX 75010.

These Chalice Lighter calls end on December 15, 2018

Thank You from the UU Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende and Updates on the Caminamos Juntos – We Walk Together Program

President John Simsarian, president of UU Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende shares:

Thank you for your overwhelming support for Caminamos Juntos — We Walk Together, a new program to assist those Mexican nationals returned from the United States under duress. With your generosity Caminamos Juntos will help them in gaining lives of dignity after deportation. As of April 30, 2018, we have received $27,802. These contributions came from 301 individuals and 15 Congregations. Thanks to the Chalice Lighter Call we’ve been able to jump-start our response to the devastating social, psychological, physical and economic impacts of the destructive deportation practices currently underway in the United States.

…. With the leverage provided by your support, we are confident that we will meet the program needs of this important humanitarian effort.  As our work continues we invite you to follow the progress of Caminamos Juntos on the new website,, and on Facebook at Caminamos Juntos SMA.  On the website, you can also join an email list to receive updates.

Thanks again for your generosity and support. We are honored to have been chosen to receive the benefits of this Call. Through this action you are truly living out the principle of the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

Read the complete thank you and update letter.

We especially wish to thank the fifteen congregation contributing to the San Miguel de Allende Chalice Lighter call as the result of a special collection or share-the-plate offering:

  • UU Fellowship of Montgomery, AL
  • UU Congregation of Tuscaloosa, AL
  • UU Village Church, Hot Springs Village, AR
  • Community UU Church, Port Orange, FL
  • First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City, OK
  • UU Church of Spartanburg, SC
  • First UU Church of Houston, TX
  • UU Church of Midland, TX
  • UU Congregation of Blacksburg, VA
  • UU Church of the Highlands, Meadowview, VA
  • Northeast Iowa UU Fellowship, Decorah, IA
  • Winchester Unitarian Society, MA
  • Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, NM
  • UU Congregation of the Southfork, Bridgehampton, NY
  • First Universalist Society of Central Square, NY

Annual Region-Wide Chalice Lighter Call Update

We are now accepting applications for our annual Region-wide Chalice Lighter call. Does your congregation, cluster, or affiliated Unitarian Universalist organization have a new or ongoing outward facing justice project? If so, please consider applying for Chalice Lighter funding! Find the application here. The deadline to apply is November 20, 2018.

Chalice Lighters Background

The Chalice Lighter program began in 1984 as a way for individuals to extend our faith by making a donation of $10 or more for three calls per year. 

Our new program works similarly, allowing individuals and congregations to support and be generous with one another to work on transformational goals. Chalice Lighter calls are crowd-funded contributions given by committed Unitarian Universalist "Chalice Lighters" and Southern Region congregations. Anyone can become a Chalice Lighter — just join our Chalice Lighter email list and respond with a contribution when a call goes out. 

Our new approach continues to support personal generosity. Additionally, it encourages congregations to participate in Chalice Lighter calls, by a "share the plate” offering or other special gift solicitation—because we know we are stronger together!

The Southern Region’s Chalice Lighter team comprises volunteers from each of the four historic districts, and will evaluate and select Chalice Lighter call applications. In keeping with the times, all our work will be done via email and social media. The Chalice Lighter team will monitor each call’s progress and receive a report from the congregation on its total receipts and how funds are being utilized. There will be up to two calls for each of our Region’s historic geographical districts plus one additional call for a Region-wide effort each year—for a possible total of nine calls. The Chalice Lighter Team will notify us all of each call. (We do not limit the number of calls a donor contributes toward, but anticipate most donors will give to the two calls for congregations in their geographical district and to the one Region-wide call.) As before, each call will have a launch and end date.

Which Projects Are Eligible?

Projects eligible for a Chalice Lighter call include UUA member, “Honor Share GIFT” congregations seeking:     

  • To hire a first time professional religious leadership;
  • To acquire land/building or to build a new building;
  • To make ADA improvements to their current facilities;
  • To support an inclusive wider community social justice project;
  • To support a newly affiliated UUA Member Congregation;
  • Other innovative projects may be considered.

Request for Proposals

Chalice Lighter proposals for each of our historic, geographical districts will be considered on a semi-annual basis.

Call Cycle Application Deadline


August 15
Winter (Region-wide call) November 15
Spring March 15

Your Regional Chalice Lighter Working Team

  • Nathalie Bigord (GA)
  • Mark Anderson (TX)
  • Margie Manning (FL)
  • Larry Meisner (NC)
  • Audrey Barcelo (FL)
  • Mary Miles (SC)
  • Melanie Walter-Mahoney (TX)
  • Christie McGue (MX)

If you would like to join us in this rewarding work, please let us know! 

Questions? Comments? Contact the CL Working Team at srchalicelighter [at] uua [dot] org.

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