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Chalice Lighting for an Ordination

A white pillar candle, lit, with patterns of light and shadow in the background.

• It takes a spark.
• It takes fuel.
• It takes air.
• And it takes a container to hold them all.

It is only with all of these things that we make fire.

• It takes a call.
• It takes learning and experience
• It takes love.
• And it takes a community to hold them all.

It is only with all of these things that we make a minister.

Today we light our flaming chalice, and today we ordain [name] to the Unitarian Universalist ministry.

 

About the Author

Christian Schmidt

Rev. Christian Schmidt is senior co-minister, with his wife, Rev. Kristin Grassel Schmidt, of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley. He grew up in Texas and has served congregations in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland, and California.

For more information contact worshipweb@uua.org.