August 2015

Global Chalice Lighting for August, 2015

The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists announces the 144th in its monthly series of global chalice lighting readings. Congregations worldwide are invited to participate.

All ICUU-affiliated groups have been asked to submit brief chalice lightings for the project. Every month, a reading will be distributed to Unitarian and Universalist congregations around the world. We ask each congregation to use the reading for at least one worship service in the designated month, identifying it as the “Global Chalice Lighting” for that month and naming the group which submitted it. Readings will be circulated in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese and, where different, in their original language.

It is hoped that the ICUU Global Chalice Lighting Project will enhance the worship experience in our congregations and raise awareness of the international dimensions of our religious movement.

Past Chalice Lightings

This Global Chalice Lighting is to be used during August 2015.

ENGLISH:
We light this chalice as a symbol of our faith.
By its light, may our vision be illumined
By its warmth, may our fellowship be encouraged
And by its flame, may our yearnings for peace, justice, and the life of the spirit be
enkindled.  — David Usher (founding President, ICUU)
British General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches

CHINESE
我們點亮這個代表我們的信仰的光杯。
藉它的光亮,讓我們的視野被點明。
藉它的溫暖,讓我們的團隊被鼓舞。
藉它的火,引燃我們渴望和平,正義,和生命的精神。
-- David Usher(ICUU 開國總統)
英國一神論和自由基督教會大會

FRENCH:
Nous allumons cette flamme en signe de foi:
Qu’elle éclaire notre vision,
Qu’elle réchauffe notre communauté,
Et qu’elle enflamme notre désir de paix, de justice, et de vie de l’esprit.
—David Usher (founding President, ICUU)
British General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches

GERMAN:
Wir entzünden diesen Leuchter als Sinnbild für unseren Glauben.
Möge unsere Vision durch dieses Licht zum Leuchten gebracht werden.
Möge unsere Gemeinschaft durch seine Wärme ermutigt
und durch seine Flamme unsere Sehnsucht nach Frieden, Gerechtigkeit
und der Sinnhaftigkeit des Lebens entzündet werden.   
—David Usher (founding President, ICUU)
British General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches

ITALIAN:
Accendiamo questo calice come simbolo della nostra fede.
Possa la  nostra visione essere illuminata dalla sua luce
 Possa il suo calore incoraggiare la nostra comunione.
Possa la sua fiamma, accendere  i nostri aneliti di pace e di giustizia,  e la nostra vita spirituale.
-David Usher (Presidente fondatore, ICUU)

SPANISH:
Encendemos este cáliz como símbolo de nuestra fe.
Con su luz, que nuestra visión se ilumine.
Con su calor, que nuestra comunidad sea reforzada.
Y con su llama, que nuestras ansias de paz, justicia y la vida del espíritu tengan un vigor renovado.
—David Usher (President fundador, ICUU)
Asamblea General de Iglesias Unitarias y Cristianas Libres de Gran Bretaña

(With many thanks to our volunteer translators: Adam Hargrove (Chinese), Nathalie Brunet (French), Freya Bednarski-Stelling (German), Paola Ferarri (Italian) and Jaume de Marcos (Spanish).)

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