International Council of Unitarians and Universalists

Global Chalice Lightings

Chalice Lightings are thoughtful and thought-provoking words offered by different member or emerging groups each month. These words are translated into multiple languages and then shared with our global faith communities

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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October 2016

A chalice lighting used by Jorge Espinel at the ICUU Council Meeting and Conference, July 2016, in the Netherlands.  The words were adapted from a piece by Margaret Keip of the USA/UUA.  English: As surely as we belong to the universe, we belong together.  We gather here to move beyond our isolated selves as we […]

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September 2016

ICUU announces the 157th in its monthly global chalice lighting readings. Congregations worldwide are invited to usethe reading in the designated month, identifying it as the “ICUU Global Chalice Lighting” for that month. This Global Chalice Lighting comes from ICUU’s newest provisional member group – the Unitarian Universalist Church (Kenya).   Swahili: Hii mwangaza iwe […]

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August 2016

Lengthening summer light does not lift the shadows that have fallen on humanity the world over.   We re-light our chalice flame to re-ignite a spirit of radical optimism,   Knowing it takes us all living what matters, to dispel those who would divide us.   All manner of things will be well, if we […]

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July 2016

ICUU announces the 155st in its monthly global chalice lighting readings. Congregations worldwide are invited to use the reading for at least one worship service in the designated month, identifying it as the “ICUU Global Chalice Lighting” for that month. This Global Chalice Lighting is a special one from Vrijzinnigen Nederland, the Dutch ICUU Member […]

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June 2016

ICUU announces the 154st in its monthly global chalice lighting readings. Congregations worldwide are invited to use the reading for at least one worship service in the designated month, identifying it as the “ICUU Global Chalice Lighting” for that month. This Global Chalice Lighting is submitted in Kirundi, French, and English by the Assemblée des […]

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