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August 2017

The words of this month’s Global Chalice Lighting are from Lizette Oliver On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Cape Town Unitarian Church, South Africa: 1867 – 2017 English: In the shadow of sacred mountains, we, the assembled Unitarians, light this Chalice, marking this dedicated sacred time together. We do so with intent, […]

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June 2017

The words of this month’s Global Chalice Lighting are the text of the theme song of the first gathering of Unitarians and Universalists all over Europe: European Unitarians Together (EUT)[1] „Glaube ohne Grenzen?” “Faith without borders?“ written by Martha Hicks, Frank Kubitschek, Andrea Offner, Roland Weber. Wir entzünden diese Kerze mit dem Refrain des Themen-Songs […]

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May 2017

The words of Aleks Zglinska offered to us by the British Unitarians English A sacred flame burns in my heart, tells me I’m one, sets me apart. Helps me to find that which is true, in reaching out to you. Once we’re a few a brighter light cuts through the darkness of the night. In […]

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April 2017

April 2017 Global Chalice Lighting Words:  The words of Charles Eddis offered to us by the Canadian Unitarian Council English The World May the world that is one in its life, a rich blue top spinning in the endless night of space, a world that is one in its interdependence and fragility, be one in […]

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March 2017

Offered to us by Uwayisaba Clement from the Rwanda Unitarian Church English We light this chalice in union with those who are suffering because of their belief, of poverty, sickness, unemployment, persecution, exile, prison; for the absent, those who are dying, to those who are burdened by work. May love, joy and peace reign in […]

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February 2017

Offered to us by the Religious Society of Czech Unitarians English May on Earth, only good and useful fires burn; May the flames be not the source destruction, but a friend; May the light of this flame remind us the path of peace and wisdom.   Czech Kéž na zemi hoří jen prospěšné, dobré a […]

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January 2017 Global Chalice Lighting Words

In celebration of 13 January 2017: Day of Religious Freedom January 2017 Global Chalice Lighting Words: offered to us by the Hungarian Unitarian Church English We light this chalice in remembrance of those who laid down the foundation of our communities in the spirit of freedom, love and tolerance, to remember that true light will […]

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December 2016

These are shared from Rev. Lisa Doege, a UU minister in Hanska, Minnesota United States English A flaming chalice: The cup of life… A cup of blessings overflowing. A cup of water to quench our spirits’ thirst. A cup of wine for celebration and dedication. The flame of truth. The fire of purification. Oil for […]

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November 2016

English Translation: The tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao; The name that can be named is not the eternal Name. The unnamable is the eternally real. Naming is the origin of all particular things. Free from desire, you realize the mystery. Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations. Yet mystery […]

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