We don’t live into our redemption very much, or get to win the fight over death. Jesus’ resurrection is a symbol and a promise that we are redeemed and that death’s dominion is not the final word. On Easter the Deep Magic breaks through. We proclaim and sing that love’s redeeming work is done — and then get back to that very work. – Sarah C Stewart
All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child. – Marie Curie
I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. – George Bernard Shaw
Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Alleluia! by Jeanne Lloyd
The Easter Egg We Need by Anne S. Howard
Chalica is a week long holiday celebrating the Seven UU Principles. It is a time of reflection, community, and living our faith.
Here are some ways to help you celebrate.
A Meditation: Prayer of Storytelling by Mandie McGlynn
A thought to ponder:
What makes someone important? Is it their abilities, their job, their status? Or, is it something more?
Red Image Credit: Kris Nobis Cervantes
Here are two small meditations to get your juices flowing about what is sacred and what it means. “The Sacred” by Rev. Abhi Janamanchi and “We Make it Holy” by Kelly Weisman Asprooth-Jackson.
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.