In-person Service August 1, 2021

Why the heck do we “light a chalice?”

A Glimpse into UU Traditions from the Perspective of a Newby – Lyndon Harris



Have you ever wondered, like me, why Unitarian Universalists “light a chalice”? My first thought was, “No, that’s for wine.” But the lighting of the chalice has been adopted into UU tradition as a symbol of many things, especially political resistance, and religious freedom. According to Harvard University’s Pluralism Project, the flaming chalice officially became a Unitarian symbol during World War II, as a symbol of the political resistance against Nazism and Fascism. Come join us, as we take a look at the extraordinary history and meaning of this symbol, and consider the ways it inspires us to action in the world today.

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