We light this chalice to celebrate Unitarian Universalism. We are the church
of the open mind, the loving hearts, and the helping hands. We help our earth and each other.
If you don’t recognize these words they are our chalice lighting that we use in our Religious Exploration classrooms on many Sundays. Each week we light our chalice to remind ourselves that we are in a special place and time together, where we can and try to bring our best selves. At our church we have more than one kind of chalice that we light. The ones in the classrooms look different than the one in the chancel area and each UU church has their own style of chalice. Our chalice is a symbol to us. What is a symbol? A symbol is: a thing that represents or stands for something else, especially a material object representing something abstract. We cannot hold Unitarian Universalism in our hands, we cannot put it in our pocket, we cannot sell it or buy it. We use a symbol to represent our Unitarian Universalism to remind ourselves and to show others what we believe. During World War 2 Hans Deutsch was asked by the Unitarian Service Committee to create a symbol that anyone no matter their nationality or language could place in a window to show that they were helpers.
We continue to light a chalice during worship, at meetings, over dinner and other times that we want a reminder that we are there to bring our best selves to the table to help our earth and each other. This month I encourage you to find chalice lighting words and light your chalice each day even for just a few moments and to reflect on how we can bring our best selves to every moment of our daily life.