Global Chalice Lightings

Offered to us by the Religious Society of Czech Unitarians


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.


Kéž na zemi hoří jen prospěšné, dobré a užitečné ohně,

Kéž živým tvorům není plamen zdrojem zkázy, ale přítelem,

Kéž nám jeho světlo připomíná cestu míru a moudrosti.



Read more about February 2017

These are shared from Rev. Lisa Doege, a UU minister in Hanska, Minnesota United States


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 anointing, healing.

Out of chaos, fear, and disquiet,

the symbol was crafted, a generation ago.

So may it be for us,

in these days of uncertainty, and doubt.

Read more about December 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 and manifestations arise from the same source.
This source is called Mystery.
Mystery within Mystery,
The gateway to all understanding.


Read more about November 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. 


As surely as we belong to the universe, we belong together. 

We gather here to move beyond our isolated selves as we connect and reconnect with others.

It is good to be together, for it is in our connections with each other that we come to to know ourselves more fully, and in that way to be more at home here on Earth, more open to the gifts each day brings.  

Read more about October 2016