Soul Matters Monthly Chalice Lighting Affirmations

For 2015-16 we have joined with more than 100 UU congregations across the continent in exploring common themes.  These “Soul Matters” themes allow us access to a storehouse of materials and resources on each theme.  A “Soul Journeys” group led by Maria O’Connor, Director of Religious Education follows the themes, as do some of our Affinity Groups and children’s classes. Our Library Committee also makes resources available on the themes.

April 2016: We are a People of Creation

CHALICE LIGHTING – APRIL 2016
We are a People of Creation
Dreaming things up and making them real
Imagining what could be,
and working separately and together to bring new realities into being!
We are a People of Creation
Using our imagination and creativity for pleasure and productivity;
Feeling the joy and beauty and playfulness of our efforts.
We are a People of Creation
Using our imagination and creativity to do things differently;
Drawing on our courage and companionship
to risk stepping out beyond the known and the norms.
As a People of Creation
We celebrate this day’s gifts with anticipation;
As a People of Creation
We light this chalice with love. 

March 2016: We are a People of Liberation

We are a People of Liberation
striving for equal rights for one and all,
upholding the unfettered voice and vote of citizenship,
affirming freedom of religious belief and expression,
and remembering that none of us are truly free until all of us are free.
As a People of Liberation
we stand with those who are marginalized and oppressed;
sharing our power so that they might be free.
As a People of Liberation,
we work to release ourselves from outgrown habits of mind and heart,
so that we, too, might be free.
May this chalice of light
Inspire us all. 

February 2016: We are a People of Desire

We are a People of Desire
People with a passion for life’s beauty and gratitude for life’s blessings;
People longing for a better world with peace, equity and justice for all.
We are a People of Desire
Yearning to live our values joyfully and well;
Wanting spirituality that helps us live with meaning and purpose.
As a People of Desire
We know that realizing the longings of our hearts
means joining our hands in the work of religious community.
As a People of Desire
We kindle this flame to light our way. 

January 2016: We are a People of Resistance

We are a People of Resistance!
We work to remove barriers to peace and justice
While speaking our truth in love
We refuse to comply with the forces that oppress
Forces that demand conformity and punish difference
Forces that would destroy our earth.
We are a People of Resistance
Opening our hearts to friend, neighbor and stranger
Working together for change,
Working together with love. 

December 2015: We are a People of Expectation

We are a people of expectation
Trusting that the world will deliver what we want,
yet opening our hearts to a universe of beauty and struggle
beyond all prediction.
We are a people of expectation
Anticipating what we feel we deserve,
but faithful to the path’s unfolding, even when it leads to wilderness.
As a people of expectation,
we light this chalice with hope and joy.
May its warmth fire our hearts and inspire our spirits.

November 2015: We Are A People of Ancestry

Strike the spark, kindle the flame!
Bring into this circle of hope all that we hold dear:
our blue-green Earth,
our ancestors;
the power of community,
the Spirit of Love;
the gift of transformation,
and all the blessings of being.
Strike the spark, kindle the flame!
May its light bring us joy and strength;
May its warmth help us build a world of peace and equality for all.


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