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International Council of Unitarians and Universalists Global Chalice Reading

The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU) distributes a new Chalice Lighting Reading each month. Congregations are invited to use it during worship services, and to introduce it as a Global Chalice Lighting.

This is a terrific resource for congregations that have an international vision, and wish to have a ritual element of that vision regularly included in worship services.

Global Chalice Lighting for September 2014

The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists announces the 133rd  in its monthly global chalice lighting readings. Congregations worldwide are invited to use the reading for at least one worship service in the designated month, identifying it as the “ICUU Global Chalice Lighting” for that month. 

This Global Chalice Lighting was originally submitted by the Deutsche Unitarier Religionsgemeinschaft and is suggested for use in September 2014.
Passing on a burning candle:
A light and a smile
lead the path
from loneliness to togetherness.

Spruch zum Weitergeben einer brennenden Kerze:
Das Licht und das Lächeln
weisen den Weg
vom Einsamen zum Gemeinsamen.

Passons la flamme brûlante:
Une lumière et un sourire
Tracent la voie
De l’isolement à la réunion et au travail d’ensemble.

Pasando una vela encendida:
Una luz y una sonrisa
encabezan la senda
de la soledad a la solidaridad.

Una luce e un sorriso
ci guidano lungo la strada
che dalla solitudine porta all'essere insieme.

—Anke Schmielau, submitted by Deutsche Unitarier Religionsgemeinschaft
(With many thanks to our volunteer translators: Jean-Claude Barbier (French), Freya Bednarski-Stelling (German), Paola Ferrari (Italian) and Jaume de Marcos (Spanish).)

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Last updated on Monday, September 1, 2014.

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