Global Chalice Lighting for January 2012
The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists announces the 101st 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 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. This Global Chalice Lighting is submitted by the Australian and New Zealand Unitarian Universalist Association. It is to be used during January 2012.
A golden thread binds us to all that has been and will ever be.
Here the tender soul yearns.
Here the greatest dreams are sighted.
Here the sacred flame burns.
submitted by the Australian and New Zealand Unitarian Universalist Association www.anzuua.org
Global Chalice Lighting for February 2012
This Global Chalice Lighting is submitted in Italian and English by the Italian Unitarian Communion. It is to be used during February 2012.
Possa questo calice rappresentare noi davanti a te, o Vita infinita.
Possa il gambo essere la fermezza della nostra fede, la coppa essere la nostra anima che ti accoglie, e la candela che brucia l'impegno delle nostre vite.
Possa la fiamma che stiamo accendendo essere la scintilla del Divino nel nostro spirito, l'unità dei nostri cuori con il suo calore, la nostra ricerca di una vera fratellanza di tutti gli esseri umani con il suo ascendere, la testimonianza della nostra ostinata speranza con il suo splendore.
Fai che il gambo non vacilli nelle difficoltà. che la coppa non si riempia di illusioni, che la candela non si esaurisca in tentazioni, fai che la fiamma non si estingua nella rinuncia ma che sia sempre il faro della nostra ricerca spirituale. Amen
May this chalice we light represent us in front of you, oh Infinite Life.
May its stem be the steadiness of our faith, its cup our soul receiving you and its candle which burns the engagement of our life.
May the flame we are lighting be the spark of Divinity inside our spirit, the unity of our hearts its warmth, our search for a true brotherhood of all
human beings its ascension, the testimony of our obstinate hope its brightness.
Let the the stem not wobble in difficulties, the cup not get filled with illusions, the candle not be exhausted by temptations. Let the flame never extinguish in renunciation but may it always be our lighthouse in our spiritual quest.
Alessandro Falasca and Lawrence Sudbury Comunione Unitariana Italiana www.comunioneunitariana.it
Global Chalice Lighting for March 2012
The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists announces the 103rd in its monthly series of global chalice lighting readings. Congregations worldwide are invited to participate.
This Global Chalice Lighting is submitted in German and English by Deutsche Unitarier Religionsgemeinschaft. It is to be used during March 2012.
Ein Licht, das in mir wirket still, lässt mich die ganze Welt erkennen. Ich weiß nicht, was es ist und will,
in Ehrfurcht will ich’s göttlich nennen.
A light that silently works in me,
Allows me to know the world in its entirety. I don’t know what it is or what it wants; With awe I’ll call it divine.
-H. Thoma submitted by Deutsche Unitarier Religionsgemeinschaft
Global Chalice Lighting for April 2012
This Global Chalice Lighting is submitted by the Unitarian Church of South Africa. It is to be used during April 2012.
We kindle this light in the centre of our circle. May it symbolise the light and life and warmth In the centre of our beings.
May it mirror the light of fellow Unitarians here And around the world.
submitted by the Unitarian Church of South Africa
Global Chalice Lighting for May 2012
This Global Chalice Lighting is submitted in English and Spanish by the Unitarian Universalist Society of Spain. It is to be used during May 2012.
We light this chalice to remember that life is born again every day.
Encendemos este cáliz como recuerdo de que la vida nace de nuevo cada día.
submitted by la Sociedad Unitaria Universalista de España
Global Chalice Lighting for June 2012
This Global Chalice Lighting is submitted by the British General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches. It is to be used during June 2012.
We light our chalice of freedom, our Unitarian symbol, In the spirit of faith, hope and love.
As we do so, we reflect for a moment, in this place of simple beauty, On the meaning of these three things in our lives.
And we think of those not here, blessed in the knowledge
That the fond spirits of those whom we love well can never leave us, But stay in our hearts forever.
And now come into this circle, this fellowship of holiness and health. Come and you shall know peace and joy.
-Judith Crompton British General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches
Global Chalice Lighting for July 2012
This Global Chalice Lighting is submitted in Danish and English by the Danish Unitarian Church. It is to be used during July 2012.
Overvæld ingen med flotte gaver. Små ting får ofte megen ros.
Med et brød til deling og en kop sendt rundt fandt jeg venskab.
Load no one with lavish gifts.
Small presents often win great praise.
With a loaf cut and a cup shared I found fellowship.
from the Hávamál (Sayings of the Vikings) submitted by the Danish Unitarian Church (www.unitarisme.dk)
Global Chalice Lighting for August 2012
This Global Chalice Lighting is submitted in Czech and English by the Religious Society of Czech Unitarians. It is to be used during August 2012.
May this flame burn and remind us that each of us can offer goodness and love, and that each of us can be a blessing to the world.
Nechť hoří tento plamen a připomíná nám, že každý z nás může světu přinášet dobro a lásku, že každý z nás může být světu požehnáním.
-Petr Samojsky submitted by the Religious Society of Czech Unitarians
Global Chalice Lighting for September 2012
This Global Chalice Lighting is submitted in English and Spanish by the Unitarian Universalist Association. It is to be used during September 2012.
We light this chalice, symbol of our free faith,
so that we may be reminded
to nurture and care for one another,
and to encourage the spiritual development of each person so we may grow in strength and courage in order to transform the world through justice and compassion.
May it be so. Blessed Be. Amen.
Encendemos este cáliz, símbolo de nuestra fe libre,
para recordarnos a nutrir y criar cada persona, y a incitar el espiritu de todos,
para crecer en fuerza y coraje,
transformando al mundo a través la justicia y compassion. Que así sea. Bendecido sea. Amen.
-Arlene Bloom submitted by the Unitarian Universalist Association
Global Chalice Lighting for October 2012
This Global Chalice Lighting is submitted in English and Cebuano by the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines. It is to be used during October 2012.
Like the burning flame that shines,
like the passionate feeling of love that glows, we are together again;
to sing and to pray, to give and to receive
the burning passion that we've celebrated and shared in our coming together as one.
Sama sa kainit sa kalayo nga misidlak, sama sa kainit sa gugma nga migilak nia na usab kita;
aron sa pag-awit ug pag-ampo, aron sa paghatag ug pagdawat, sa kainit sa gugma nga atong gisaluhan ug gipakig-ambit
sa atong panaghiusa.
-Susan R. Quisel submitted by the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines
Global Chalice Lighting for November 2012
This Global Chalice Lighting is submitted in Portuguese and English by the Brazilian Unitarian Association. It is to be used during November 2012.
O vida oculta que brilha em cada átomo O luz oculta que brilha em cada criatura,
O amor oculto que tudo abrange na unidade,
Possa todo aquele que se sente um contigo
Saber que por isso mesmo é um com todos os outros.
O hidden life that vibrates in each atom,
O hidden light that shines in each creature,
O hidden love that embraces everything in unity, May all who feel one with Thee
Know that for this very reason we are one with all the others.
-adapted from Annie Besant by Paulo Ereno submitted by the Brazilian Unitarian Association https://sites.google.com/site/cristianismoliberal/
Global Chalice Lighting for December 2012
This Global Chalice Lighting is submitted by the Unitarian Universalist Association. It is to be used during December 2012.
This light originated in the brilliant spark
that created our universe 15 billion years ago.
Later, our ancestors treasured the light of their campfires -- even before we were fully human.
Today, may it illuminate our spirits as we gather to share its warmth with our congregation.
-Candace Lindquist and Richard Sonnenfeld Unitarian Universalist Association www.uua.org