Message: “The Flaming Chalice” from Rev. Jeremiah Kalendae

Rev. Jeremiah Lal Shahbaz Kalendae - May 22, 2022

The Flaming Chalice

We open our worship services like most Unitarian Universalist congregations with the lighting of our flaming chalice. This beloved tradition has deep liberal religious roots with multi-religious significance. Join us as we reflect upon this tradition and sacred stories of light in religious history.

From Monthly: "Nurturing Beauty"

For May, our theme is Nurturing Beauty, and we’ll explore it in worship, small group discussion, and personal reflection. Theologian Robert McAfee Brown wrote: “Where beauty is apparent, we are to enjoy it. Where there is beauty hidden, we are to unveil it. Where there is beauty defaced, we are to restore it. Where there is no beauty at all, we are to create it.” Activist and songwriter Phil Ochs observed: “In such ugly times, the only true protest is beauty.” UU minister the Rev. Mary Katherine Morn says: “Beauty awakens and admonishes us… We are here, in religious community, not to hide from the anguished cries or the tender lullabies. We are here, in religious community, not to protect our hearts from breaking. We are here together to borrow courage for the task of coming alive. We are here so that together we might heed the admonitions of beauty. Answer the call to create, protect, and preserve.”

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