Global Chalice Lightings

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.

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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

Here, too, may the light and warmth of this chalice be to us a beacon of truth, generosity and compassion, that we may learn the ways of faith and love.

by Rev. David Usher, First ICUU President

Read more about March 2016