seven chalices of different colors, spelling the word CHALICA

At UUCBG, we start Chalica on the first Sunday in January and continue for seven weeks as we act upon each of the Seven Principles. We light a chalice (or seven different chalices or candles), reflect on the meaning of that principle, and we do a good deed. For example:

1st Lighting – the inherent worth and dignity of every person (Jan 3-Jan 9)

– help someone in need, write to someone in prison

– a peace offering, such as inviting someone to diner or an apology

2nd Lighting – justice, equity and compassion in human relations (Jan 10-Jan 16)

– spend time in a soup kitchen or donate clothes

– speak up when you see cruel or bullying behavior

3rd Lighting – acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations (Jan 17-Jan 23)

– give a chalice / book / hymnal

– ask someone else in your congregation what they believe

4th Lighting – a free and responsible search for truth and meaning (Jan 24-Jan 30)

– teach someone something you know

– learn something new from someone else

5th Lighting – the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large. (Jan 31-Feb 6)

– work for a political cause, write to your elected officials

– help a committee at your congregation

6th Lighting – world peace, liberty and justice for all (Feb 7-Feb13)

– help your social justice committee hold a fundraiser

– donate to a cause such as UNICEF, Doctors without Borders, etc.

7th Lighting – respect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part (Feb 14-Feb 20)

– start a compost heap, plant seeds

– get cloth bags and use them instead of plastic or paper ones

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.