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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 October 2014

ICUU announces the 134th 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 Unitarian Universalist Society of Spain and is suggested for use in October 2014.

ENGLISH
We light this chalice in remembrance of our forebear Michael Servetus, who died in the month of October, more than 460 years ago, defending his right to think and believe independently.

He said: "I wish that everybody was freely allowed to speak in our churches" and so we recognize in the free expression of thought and the diversity of opinions the basis of our liberal faith.

CATALAN
Encenem aquest calze en memòria de'n Miquel Servet, que va morir a l'octubre fa més de 450 anys, defensant el seu dret de pensar i creure de manera independent.

Ell va dir: "Tant de bò que totspuguessin parlar lliurement en les nostres esglésies" i així reconeixem en la lliure expressió del pensament i en la diversitat d'opinions la base de la nostra fe liberal.

GERMAN
Wir entzünden diesen Flammenkelch in Erinnerung an unseren Vorfahren Michael Sevetus, der im Oktober vor über 460 Jahren starb, weil er sein Recht unabhängig zu denken und zu glauben verteidigte. 

Er sagte: ' Ich wünsche, dass es jedem gestattet ist, frei in unseren Kirchen zu sprechen.' Wir erkennen in der Möglichkeit, offen Gedanken zu äußern und in der Vielfalt der Meinungen die Grundlage unseres freiheitlichen Glaubens.

FRENCH
Nous allumons ce calice en souvenir de notre ancêtre Michel Servet, décédé un mois d'octobre, il y a de cela plus de 460 ans, en défendant son droit de penser et de croire de façon indépendante. 

Il a dit : «Je veux que tout le monde soit autorisé à parler librement dans nos églises" et c’est ainsi que nous reconnaissons dans la libre expression de la pensée et la diversité des opinions la base de notre foi libérale.

SPANISH
Encendemos este cáliz en memoria de Miguel Servet, que murió en octubre hace más de 450 años,defendiendo su derecho a pensar y creer de manera independiente.

El dijo: "Ojalá todos pudieran hablar libremente en nuestras iglesias" y así reconocemos en la libreexpresión del pensamiento y la diversidad de opiniones la base de nuestra fe liberal.

ITALIAN
Accendiamo questo calice in memoria del nostro antenato Michele Serveto, che morì nel mese di Ottobre, pù di 460 anni fa, difendendo il proprio diritto di pensare e credere in modo indipendente.

Egli disse: Vorrei ce a tutti fosse permesso di parlare liberamente nelle nostre chiese." Per questo noi riconosciamo nella libera espressione del pensiero e nella diversità di opinioni, la base della fede liberale.

—Jaume de Marcos

(With many thanks to 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 Wednesday, October 8, 2014.

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