Some chalica materials adapted from Meredith Plummer, Director of Family Programming, First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati; Kathy E. Smith, DRE.

Some chalica materials adapted from Meredith Plummer, Director of Family Programming, First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati; Kathy E. Smith, DRE.

Chalica is a Unitarian Universalist holiday. It first emerged in 2005 out of a wish to have a holiday celebrating Unitarian Universalist values.

Many UU’s celebrate Chalica during one week in December, focusing on one of the seven UU principles each day.

At UUI, we are celebrating Chalica starting the first Sunday in January, and focusing on a different UU principle each week, for eight weeks. Why eight weeks instead of seven? We are including the proposed eighth principle!

Children in their Sunday groups, Preschool, K-2, 3-5 and Senior High will be focusing on Principles each week. There will be Chalica Bags for families to take home each week to help you explore each week’s principle more deeply as a family. It will include inspiration, ideas, readings, various supplies, including items with which to make a chalice!

And be sure and check in here and our Facebook Page for additional resources!

Happy Chalica!

The Basics

Supplies:

To celebrate Chalica, you will need a chalice. You might already have one but if you don’t, that’s no problem! In the Chalica bag provided at church, we have supplies to make one! Learn more about the history of the symbol of Unitarian Universalism, the flaming chalice.

Create a special place for your chalice. You might want to invite each member of the family to bring special small items to place around the chalice such as mementos, items from nature, photos of family members—living or deceased, art work, etc. to create a family altar.

 How to Celebrate:

Chalica is what you make it. It’s a great opportunity to learn about Unitarian Universalism and practice living out our faith tradition. You can make it as elaborate or as simple as suits your family.

Each night Chalica is celebrated, the chalice is lit and a reading (chalice lighting) is shared.

Activities to explore the principle are planned, simple, homemade gifts can be given to each other, to friends and neighbors, or to those in need in the community.

Perhaps you can think of special foods for Chalica that will form special memories and traditions for your family for years to come!

 Are there decorations?

There can be! Each Principle has a color:

Red = Respect all People (1st Principle)

Orange=Offer Kindness (2nd Principle)

Yellow=say YES! to learning together & accepting each other (3rd Principle)

Green = Grow together by asking lots of questions (4th Principle)

Blue = Believe in your ideals and act on them (5th Principle)

Indigo = Insist on justice, peace and freedom for all (6th Principle)

Violet = Value the earth and all living creatures on it (7th Principle)

Aqua = Accountable dismantle racism & other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions (8th Principle)

Ideas & Resources

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Week 5: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large or All persons should have a vote about things that concern them.

Chalice Lightings

Chalice Lighting

Our conscience is our innermost compass and guide.

The right of conscience is what enables you to say,

whether out loud or just to yourself,

“No, that isn’t right, and I’m not going to go along with it.”

—Rev. Peggy Meeker, Brockport UU Fellowship

This gentle flame is the roaring inferno of transformation,

for only through freedom of belief may we become what we will.

May our chalice melt the shackles of superstition and creed,

lighting our way on the path of spiritual growth and freedom.

Songs

The Seven Principles Song (to the tune of Do Re Mi) click for video:

Learn a new line each week:

One! Each Person is Important

Two! Be Kind In All You Do!

Three! We’re Free to Learn Together!

Four! And Search for What is True!

Five, Each Person Has a Say!

Conversation

What would you do if you were the President?

Do you think our voting system is fair for everyone?

Do you think our 5th UU Principle is important?

Activities

  • Vote on things around the house, such as what the family will have for dinner.

  • Find out who your elected officials are for your city, school board, state and U.S. representatives and senator.

  • Think about something you would like to change in the world and contact one of your elected officials about it.

  • Watch Brave, released 2012, rated PG


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Week 4: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning or Each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.

Chalice Lightings

Chalice Lighting

The important thing is not to stop questioning

Curiosity has its own reason for existing.

One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous

structure of reality.

It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day.

Never lose a holy curiosity.

—Albert Einstein

 Our chalice is a lamp,

lighting dark corners of ignorance;

illuminating falsehoods.

We hold this sacred lamp,

applying knowledge with care

and abiding purpose.

Songs

The Seven Principles Song (to the tune of Do Re Mi) click for video:

Learn a new line each week:

One! Each Person is Important

Two! Be Kind In All You Do!

Three! We’re Free to Learn Together!

Four! And Search for What is True!

Conversation

What do you believe to be absolutely true?

What are you not sure about being true or not?

Activities

  • Go to the library

  • Donate a book, new or from your own collection, to a little free library in your area. We have three at UUI that always need new books!

  • Teach something that you love to someone.

  • Have a scavenger hunt in your house for items in your home that show people who visit that you are          Unitarian Universalists.

  • Unitarian Universalism is a really long name and not many people know about our wonderful religion!    Create an elevator or playground speech so you can tell people what it means to be a UU in one minute or less.

     

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Week 3: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth or We should accept one another and keep on learning together.    

Chalice Lightings

Chalice Lighting

This chalice is a lighthouse,

a beacon reaching across the vast spaces

This flame beacons all travelers,

come, enter and be welcome

Join us on our mutual quest.

Songs

The Seven Principles Song (to the tune of Do Re Mi) click for video:

Learn a new line each week:

One! Each Person is Important

Two! Be Kind In All You Do!

Three! We’re Free to Learn Together!

Conversation

Are there people you have a hard time accepting? Why?

What do you do when you meet someone who has ideas, opinions or attitudes you find difficult to accept?

Activities

  • Take the opportunity to learn something new this week. Teach it to someone else if you can!

  • Research a famous UU on the internet and share what you learn with your family at dinnertime.

  • Ask family members to tell you three things about themselves that you don’t know.

  • Seek out voices that are different from your own on the internet, in podcasts, in books, and learn from them.

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Week 2: Justice, Equity and Compassion in Human Relations or All People Should Be Treated Fairly and Kindly.   

Chalice Lightings

Chalice Lighting

We light this chalice to remind ourselves

To treat all people kindly

Because they are our siblings

To take good care of the earth

Because it is our home

To live lives full of goodness and love

Because that is how we will make our world

The best place it can be.

Chalice Lighting (attributed to William Penn, Stephen Grellet or Ralph Waldo Emerson)

I shall pass this way but once,

Any good thing I can do, any kindness I can show to another human being, let me do it now.

Let me not defer it nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again 

Songs

The Seven Principles Song (to the tune of Do Re Mi) click for video:

Learn a new line each week:

One! Each Person is Important

Two! Be Kind In All You Do!

Conversation

Should you be kind to people who are unkind to you?

How should people who commit terrible crimes be treated?

 

Activities

  • When you feel that you want to tell someone something that may be unkind, ask yourself these questions: 1. Does it need to be said? 2. Does it need to be said right now? 3. Does it need to be said by me?

  • Do something nice for someone else, such as support someone who is being treated unkindly, pay for someone else’s food, help a stranger.

  • Find a local justice-seeking organization and offer your time and talents.

  • Add a canned food item in a box or bag every day this week and then donate it to the collection bin in the UUI Social Hall to benefit the Boulevard Place Food Pantry.

  • Think about how your silence can perpetuate injustice. Think of ways you can speak up that will help others.

  • Plan a random act of kindness.

     

    Media

  • Movies about being kind

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Week 1: The Inherent Worth and Dignity of Every Person or Each Person is Important.

Chalice Lightings

First Principle Chalice Lighting by Rev. Florence Caplow

We light this chalice today in honor of the Unitarian Universalist First Principle: To affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

We recognize that these are not just words to be spoken; instead, they call us out of our comfort into an ever-deepening commitment: a commitment we make to the rights of all whose inherent worth and dignity are denied, diminished, or destroyed by systems of oppression. And they call us into the practice of looking into our own hearts, with courage and honesty.

First Principle Chalice Lighting by Susanne Hinson-Rieger

We light this chalice

To remind us that each of us has a unique spark inside of us

That each of us is special

That every person is important.

May we carry this flame in our hearts

As we honor the special spark we recognize in others.

 Songs

The Seven Principles Song (to the tune of Do Re Mi) click for video:

Learn a new line each week:

One! Each Person is Important

Hymn #131: Love Will Guide Us (lyrics), youtube video

Conversation

Is there someone I don’t understand? What can I do to bridge the divide between us?

What makes someone important? Is it their abilities, their job, the way they look, how much money they have?

Is there someone I have treated with disrespect? What can I do to make amends?

Activities

  • Write a thank you note to someone for being who they are.

  • Hold a family talent show and allow everyone to showcase their unique talents!

  • Remember that the 1st Principle applies to you, too. You are special so do something nice for yourself this week!

  • Make a card for a neighbor

  • Donate to a local food pantry.

  • Tell someone you love them.

  • Leave affirming notes in public places for strangers to find. You’ll make someone’s day!

    Media

  • Movies about dignity, respect, and integrity