The End Is the Beginning

Against a stark gold wall, with ornate floor tiles, a curving doorway leads into the next room.

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 we have been and where we are going.
Even knowing that this particular flame will intentionally end
with our ritual extinguishing, we fear not its end…
For we know, with brave hearts,
that from every ending of our lives,
We are sent forth to make a new beginning.

About the Author

Katie Gelfand

Katie Sivani Gelfand is the Director of Religious Exploration in the congregation that raised her, the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans. Concurrent to this ministry she is also a certified Spiritual Guide, Reiki Master Teacher, and Ritualist.

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