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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 July 2014

The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists announces the 131st in its monthly global chalice lighting readings. Congregations worldwide are invited to participate and 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 and naming the group which submitted it. This Global Chalice Lighting was originally submitted by the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (USA) and is suggested for use in July 2014.


Life is an art, it requires practice to achieve greatness, but greatness is always waiting, ready to be attained. May the light of this chalice remind us of the possibility for everyone to achieve truth and goodness in our lives, if we only seek it.
—Beth Bullmer, submitted by the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (USA)


La vie est un art ; il faut de la pratique pour atteindre la grandeur, mais la grandeur est toujours en attente, prête à être atteinte. Que la lumière de ce calice nous rappelle la possibilité pour tous d'atteindre la vérité et la bonté dans nos vies, si nous la cherchons vraiment.
—Par Beth Bullmer, présentée par la Association unitarienne universaliste des congrégations (USA)


Leben ist eine Kunst, sie erfordert Übung, um Größe zu erlangen. Größe wartet stets darauf, erreicht zu werden. Möge das Licht in diesem Leuchter uns an die Möglichkeit eines jeden erinnern, zu Wahrheit und Güte in unserem Leben zu gelangen, wenn wir uns darum bemühen.
—Beth Bullmer, submitted by the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (USA)


La vida es un arte que requiere práctica para conseguir la grandeza, pero la grandeza siempre está a la espera, lista para ser alcanzada. Que la luz de este cáliz nos recuerde la posibilidad que tenemos todos de llegar a la verdad y la bondad en nuestras vidas si aspiramos a ellas.
—Beth Bullmer, submitted by the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (USA)


La vita è un'arte: occorre fare pratica per raggiungere la grandezza, ma la grandezza è sempre in attesa, pronta ad essere raggiunta. Che la luce di questo calice ci ricordi la possibilità per noi tutti di raggiungere verità e bontà nelle nostre vite, se solo lo cerchiamo.
—Beth Bullmer, inviato dalla Unitarian Universalist Association fo Congregations (USA)

(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 Thursday, July 3, 2014.

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