A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. – Jesus Christ
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates. – Lao Tzu
You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection. – Buddha
Hope, Not Nearly There by David Breeden
I am not alone. There is a Love holding me. by Heather Rion Starr
The Promise and the Practice: Repairing Our Mistakes with Love (Time for All Ages) by Jaelynn Pema-la Scott and Erika A. Hewitt
A Gesture of Love by Kimberly French
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.
- Write a Letter to an elected official about an injustice
- Pay for the person behind you in the drive-through line
- “Want me to pick something up for you?” If you know someone is overwhelmed – perhaps by a new baby, family health issues, or something else – give them a call when you’re going out to the store. Ask if they’d like you to pick something up. We’ve been the beneficiaries of this random act of kindness, and it’s great.
- Try to go the whole day without arguing with anyone
- Go out to eat and tip the server double
- Go to the store or mall with the family and stand outside and open the doors for people
- Find a social justice cause and/or a new way to support it.
- Educate yourself and your family on a social justice issue. These Youtube channels are a great way to start.
- Write a journal entry about what Justice, Equity, and Compassion mean to you.
- Write a poem about being kind.
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.)
Justice, Meaning, and Purpose By David Breeden
We light this chalice
remembering and honoring our own tradition
and celebrating the rich diversity of traditions among us.
As we search for justice, meaning, and purpose,
may we remember that justice, meaning, and purpose
live first in deeply listening to one another.
This chalice lighting was written for a multifaith gathering.
Our Meditation today is about Love. Focusing on love helps us to remember that each person is important.
May We Reach Out in Honesty and Love by Dennis McCarty
Here is a musical meditation as well. This is “Do What the Spirit Say Do” as performed by Sweet Honey in the Rock.