Origin Story

anastasi birosh

We kindle this chalice
Not only because it originated in antiquity,
But because this symbol combats malice.

This burning flame represented
Hope during the bleakness of World War II
A sign of refuge meaning death was circumvented
If only for that night.

This emblem, a flame in a chalice encircled twice
Assured wary refugees fleeing Nazi persecution
That for a time, they had found safety and respite.

Today this beacon shining bright
Reminds us to summon the strength
To extend care and love to those in need forthright.

We ignite this flame today for our shared humanity.

Small votive candles are lit in the catacombs under the raised pews of the Belper Unitarian Chapel in Derbyshire, UK