A Symbol of Learning and Love

Chalice with tea light candles on altar.

We Unitarian Universalists don’t drink from our chalice. Instead, we use it to hold the flame. The circle of the chalice helps keep the fire small. The flame doesn’t blind us. It doesn’t burn us. It gives us light, so we can see all the different things in the universe: even the invisible ones, because the Unitarian Universalist flame is a light of learning.

The flaming chalice is a symbol of learning and of love. It’s our symbol: the symbol of Unitarian Universalism.

About the Author

Elizabeth Harding

Elizabeth Harding is one of the affiliated community ministers of Second Unitarian Church of Chicago, IL, and serves as one of the bereavement counselors for Journeycare, the largest non-profit hospice and palliative care provider in the state of Illinois. She lives outside of Chicago with her...

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