For each day of Chalica we will offer activities, some are fun and some are more reflecting, a chalice lighting, and a meditation. Gather everyone together, light the chalice, and breathe into the principles with us each day.
- Volunteer as a family or make a plan to volunteer on a regular basis
- Write a Holiday card for a veteran, person, at a nursing home, or a neighbor
- Go for a walk and randomly compliment people you pass.
- Write a journal entry about what peace means to you
- Write a journal entry about what liberty means to you
- Write a journal entry about what justice means to you
- Read stories of injustice from around the world
- Read about other holidays from around the world.
Chalice Lighting: (If you don’t have a chalice at home, remember that the point of a chalice is that it is a symbol so any candle will work.)
A Spark of Hope By Melanie Davis
If ever there were a time for a candle in the darkness,
this would be it.
Using a spark of hope,
kindle the flame of love,
ignite the light of peace,
and feed the flame of justice.
There are two meditations.
Beatitudes for Justice Builders by Lindi Ramsden
Children’s Christmas Sermon by Gary Kowalski
Here is a musical meditation as well. This is “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” by John & Yoko, The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir.
There are many isms we are fighting on the way to equality for all people. Whether is be racism, sexism, ageism, heterosexism, ableism, classism, or any other system of oppression, if we are not from the marginalized group, we are not going to have all the answers or do everything right. As Unitarian Universalists we want to “answer the call of love” and help change the world, but sometimes we have to start with ourselves. This article by Sam Dylan Finch has better ways to deal with being called out by marginalized people, because being defensive does not get us anywhere.
The sixth principle is The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all or Build a fair and peaceful world.
Here are some activities to help you celebrate:
As a family
Find an organization that allows families to volunteer together, then get involved! Volunteer today, or make a plan to volunteer regularly.
Write letters to refugees from Syria to let them know that they are welcome and loved in our country.
As an Individual
What are you passionate about? Whatever it is, find out how you can help, and get involved! Volunteer today, or make a plan to volunteer regularly.
Get involved with local groups.
Donate food to your local food pantry.
Offer to cook for the local mission.
Who do you want to give a gift to? What is that person passionate about? Donate money on that person’s behalf to an organization they care about
Prelude: Lauryn Hill “Mystery of Iniquity”
Chalice Lighting: Chalice Lighting for Challenging Times By Lisa Doege
“Why a flaming chalice?” the question comes.
It’s the cup of life, we answer.
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 horror,
thus was the symbol crafted, a generation ago.
So may it be for us,
in these days of uncertainty, sorrow, and rage.
And a light to warm our souls and guide us home. Continue reading