September 2015

The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists announces the 145th 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 September 2015.

ENGLISH:
    O ye dear brethren,
Our Lord God is one God.
It is love that will guarantee
Salvation for all.
Let us love one another
That we may gain salvation.
Sincerely love everything that
Is good with your heart,
Also love your neighbour as yourself,
For this is accomplishment of the
Law and true rooted worship. — Olufemi Olaniyi Matimoju, Nigeria

CHINESE
啊,親愛的弟兄們,
我們的主神是獨一的神。
愛是保證救贖之道。
讓我們彼此相愛,所以我們可以獲得拯救。
真心誠意地愛你周圍的一切,
也愛鄰如己,
因為這是的完成神的法律和為信仰紮根的方式。
- Olufemi Olaniyi Matimoju,尼日利亞的一神教派。

GERMAN:
Oh, ihr Brüder,    Gott, der Herr, ist ein Gott. Es ist die Liebe, durch die die Erlösung für uns alle sicher ist. Lasst uns einander lieben, damit wir erlöst werden. Liebet alles Gute aufrichtig von ganzem Herzen, liebet auch euren Nächsten wie euch selbst. Denn dies ist die Erfüllung des Gesetzes und tief in euch verwurzelter Gottesdienst  --  
— Olufemi Olaniyi Matimoju

ITALIAN:
Ascolta caro fratello
Il Signore è Dio, il Signore è  Uno
E' l'amore che assicura a tutti
la salvezza.
Amiamoci dunque gli uni con gli altri
affinché tutti raggiungiamo la salvezza.
Ama in modo sincero tutto ciò che è buono.
Ama il tuo prossimo come te stesso
Perchè questo è il compimento della Legge
e di un culto che ha radici salde —Olufemi Olaniyi Matimoju

SPANISH:
Queridos hermanos,
nuestro Dios es un solo Dios.
Es el amor lo que garantiza
la salvación de todos.
Amémonos unos a otros
para poder alcanzar la salvación.
Amemos con sinceridad
todo lo que es bueno en nuestro corazón.
Pues este es el cumplimiento de la Ley
y una adoración con raíces auténticas.
— Olufemi Olaniyi Matimoju

(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).)