Origin Story

Origin Story

This burning flame represented hope during the bleakness of World War II.

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Soul Fire

Soul Fire

May we tend our Soul Fire through these challenging and trying times

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The Nights of Midwinter

The Nights of Midwinter

We light this chalice to remember the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days.

D Dawn Fortune
Chalice Lighting for Advent

Chalice Lighting for Advent

Help us to see that for the smallest, the humblest, the least of these burns the brightest star.

M Mary Shelden
Cherishing Our Differences

Cherishing Our Differences

We are all able In different ways With various strengths and talents. We are all holy Part of the universe And the interdependent web. We light this chalice Cherishing our differences And holding each other in sacredness.

C Cindy Fesgen
Give Thanks, Feel Alive, Know Love

Give Thanks, Feel Alive, Know Love

As we light this flame, we remember friends and loved ones near and far and we give thanks. As the fire burns brightly, we open our minds and hearts to new ways of being and we feel alive....

L Leia Durland-Jones
With Love As My Guide

With Love As My Guide

Amidst the swirl of life's challenges, fears, and even moments of crisis, I make time to gaze at the night sky to see the vastness there, And to remember that this moment in time is but a flicker— Not an inconsequential flicker— For what I do and think now does matter. My work, though, is to let...

C Cindy Terlazzo
Glow Hope

Glow Hope

More than relic— Living symbol: Beacon to the bewildered illuminating refuge; Light of love calling to community; Signal of sacred mission. Shine now in the world, Set being ablaze, Kindle our courage, Ignite intuition. Spark our hearts to service. Glow hope.

M Mary Shelden
Memorial Chalice Lighting

Memorial Chalice Lighting

May today bring forth transformation in ourselves—from grief, healing; from memory, wholeness; and from celebration, love.

M Mira Mickiewicz
Persistent Flame

Persistent Flame

We light this chalice to kindle a flame of warmth as a reminder of the connection that draws us in to a community that opens us up.

A Amy Brooks
A Vision for Unitarian Universalism in a Multicultural World

A Vision for Unitarian Universalism in a Multicultural World

With humility and courage born of our history, we are called as Unitarian Universalists to build the Beloved Community where all souls are welcome as blessings, and the human family lives whole and reconciled. With this vision in our hearts and minds, we light our chalice. —“A vision for...

U UUA Leadership Council
Toward Repair Relationship

Toward Repair Relationship

May this chalice light guide us toward the courageous and openhearted apology, toward repair of relationships in our lives.

J Joanna Lubkin
In Remembrance and In Hope

In Remembrance and In Hope

This is a house of reflection and contemplation, of joy and sorrow, friendship, sharing and laughter. We light this chalice in remembrance of what we have been and in the hope of what we may become.

D Dale Hudson
The Sacred Power of Justice

The Sacred Power of Justice

We light this flame To ignite the sacred power of justice. We light this flame So that it may be a beacon of hope In moments of uncertainty, fear, anxiety, and the unknown....

J Jami A. Yandle
A Chalice Lighting for When Things Aren't Okay

A Chalice Lighting for When Things Aren't Okay

My beloved people, I cannot pretend, And so I will not tell you, That everything is okay right now. That there is no reason to be angry, That you must be optimistic Or at peace. I cannot pretend these things, And so I won't tell them to you. But now our chalice is lit, And so all I ask in this...

R Rev. Molly Brewer
Until "All" Means All

Until "All" Means All

The chalice, as a symbol of Unitarian Universalism, arose as a beacon of hope in an atmosphere of tyranny. The chalice arose as a sign of promise that the marginalized would neither be forgotten nor ignored, because they are beloved and precious from the perspective of the Holy. This morning, we...

E Erika A. Hewitt
May This Flame

May This Flame

May this flame, symbol of transformation since time began, fire our curiosity, strengthen our wills, and sustain our courage as we seek what is good within and around us.

B Bets Wienecke
Chalice Lighting on Inherent Worth and Dignity

Chalice Lighting on Inherent Worth and Dignity

We light this chalice to celebrate the inherent worth and dignity of every person; To reaffirm the historic pledge of liberal religion to seek that justice which transcends mere legality and moves toward the resolution of true equality; And to share that love which is ultimately beyond even our...

S Steve Stock
The Fire of Commitment

The Fire of Commitment

We light this chalice to kindle the fire of commitment to spread our beloved faith, proclaim the Good News that all are worthy and all are welcome, that God is Love and none shall be left behind. May we carry this flame to all we encounter, letting our lives shine with its glow.

P Paul Sprecher
May the Flame Burn True and High and Strong

May the Flame Burn True and High and Strong

The flaming chalice is the symbol of Unitarian Universalism. It is an everlasting flame for this community. It offers its warmth to those who are cold. It provides light to those who would see. It purifies and transforms this sanctuary into sacred space, this congregation into sacred community....

B Beatrice Hitchcock
Sacred

Sacred

We join our voices in a holy communion of mind and heart, dedicated to the promises that bind us in compassion, one with another. In this hour we light the flame that signals our intention to find the sacred in every living thing.

R Robin F. Gray
For Those Who Serve

For Those Who Serve

In honor of those who have served, And those who continue to serve, At home and abroad, for peace and in war, We light our chalice, And we offer our thanks.

C Cynthia Landrum
In Times of Cold We Seek the Warming Fire

In Times of Cold We Seek the Warming Fire

In times of darkness we stumble towards the tiny flame. In times of cold we seek the warming fire. In times of repression we reach for the lamp of truth. In times of loss we pray for the comforting light. In times of joy we light a candle of celebration....

B Brian Kiely
Chalice Lighting in Times of Conflict

Chalice Lighting in Times of Conflict

Reader One: You who feel your heart is breaking, come in. Reader Two: You who are confused and wondering. Come in. Reader Three: You who are angry, in pain, or not wanting to be here. Come in. Reader Four: You who are hopeful and energized. Come in. Leader: Come into this community of your heart...

A Amy Russell
The End Is the Beginning

The End Is the Beginning

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...

K Katie Gelfand
O Divine Love!

O Divine Love!

Oh, divine Love, With the kindling of this flame, may we realize and love our true selves: Our true, round belly selves. Our true, bags under our eyes, selves. Our true, naturally hairy, selves. Our true, wrinkles on our skin, selves. May our self-love help keep our chalice ablaze.

C Cooper Garrett
Across The Distance

Across The Distance

Across the distance, the light from within me shines, sending love to all Across the distance, your light is fuel that warms me and helps to keep my own light burning Together, we keep the flame of community burning bright...

L Laura Thompson
Chalice Lightings for Advent

Chalice Lightings for Advent

Advent, adventus, means waiting. And the holiday season is nothing if not waiting—to get done the chores; to find the right gift; to find time for quiet moments; to accept that our loved ones will not be as we wish them to be....

D David Breeden
Coming of Age Chalice Lighting

Coming of Age Chalice Lighting

This light unites us. This light unites us with our neighbors, Our friends and our enemies. Most importantly, This light unites us within ourselves. Our hearts, Our souls, Our spirits. This light unites us. —First Parish, Bedford, Massachusetts, Coming of Age participant...

R Rebecca Pankhurst
Come We Now Out of the Darkness

Come We Now Out of the Darkness

Come we now out of the darkness of our unknowing and the dusk of our dreaming; Come we now from far places. Come we now into the twilight of our awakening and the reflection of our gathering. Come we now all together. We bring, unilluminated, our dark caves of doubting; We seek, unbedazzled, the...

A Annie Foerster
To Honor The Teachings of Jesus

To Honor The Teachings of Jesus

We light this chalice to honor the teachings of Jesus, The love of neighbor and of God, The command to care for the least of these, and The Kingdom of Heaven, the Beloved Community, Which he proclaimed.

P Paul Sprecher
Drawn Together

Drawn Together

We come together every week Bound not by a creed, Or a mutual desire to please one God Or many Gods Yet we are drawn together By a belief, that how we are in the world, Who we are together Matters. We light this chalice, together in the knowledge That love, not fear, can change this world...

J Jennifer Gracen
We light our chalice for fathers and for fatherhood

We light our chalice for fathers and for fatherhood

For sleepless nights awaiting the curfew-breakers For anxious hours as a driving instructor For hours spent on sidelines, cheering And watching school plays, sometimes “resting our eyes,” For the pressures of bread-winning And “wait ‘til your father gets home.” For teaching moments and...

P Peter Friedrichs
In the Bleak and Cold Winter

In the Bleak and Cold Winter

In the bleak and cold winter, We gather ourselves in To light the fire to warm our spirits, To kindle the flame of love and hope.

C Cynthia Landrum