At UUCBG, we celebrate Chalica during a seven-week period beginning in the first Sunday in January and ending in mid February. During this time, we intentionally affirm and act upon the seven principles. Each Sunday at home and at church, we light our chalice, reflect on the meaning of that week’s principle, and during that week we do a good deed. Some suggestions are below.

C

 1st week – Inherent worth and dignity of every person
– help someone in need, write to someone in prison
– a peace offering, such as inviting someone to dinner or an apology

H

 2nd week – Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
– spend time in a soup kitchen or donate clothes
– speak up when you see cruel or bullying behavior, online or in person

A

 3rd week – Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
– give a chalice / book / hymnal
– ask someone else in your congregation what they believe

L

 4th week – A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
– teach someone something you know
– learn something new from someone else

I

 5th week – The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large
– work for a cause, write to your elected officials
– help a committee at your congregation

C

 6th week – World peace, liberty and justice for all
– help your social justice committee hold a fundraiser
– donate to a cause such as UNICEF, Doctors without Borders, etc.

A

 7th week – Respect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part
– start a compost heap, plant seeds
– get cloth bags and use them instead of plastic or paper ones

Can’t remember the principles? Sing the “Do Re Mi UU Principles Song”

  • One – Each person is worthwhile
  • Two – Be kind in all you do
  • Three – We help each other learn
  • Four – And search for what is true
  • Five – All people have a say
  • Six – Work for a peaceful world
  • Seven – The web of life’s the way
  • These are principles for me and UU… (repeat)