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December 2018 Family Ministry by Kathy E. Smith

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Words to Live By

“To me, being a Unitarian Universalist is a challenge – a challenge to identify and define your own beliefs, a challenge to create community, a challenge to make the world a more just place.” Kayla Parker, Unitarian Universalist Young Adult

Chalice Festival – a Homegrown UU Holiday

Chalice Festival is an invitation to spend a day with each of the seven Unitarian Universalist principles, reflecting on their meaning and doing a good deed focused on each one. Gifts can be given, but they are typically notes or small handmade items. It starts the first Monday in December and runs for a week. (Seven days, seven principles.) It’s not meant to add to the stress of the holidays – in fact, much the opposite! You can do as much or as little as you like. It is a way of de-centering the commercialized gift-giving that is a part of so many December lives, and giving us an opportunity to think about what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist in our everyday lives. For instance, since the first day is all about the First Principle— worth and dignity—it would be a good time to make an apology, forgive someone, or write a card to someone you love. Breakfast would be a good time to set your intention for the day. If you’re not a morning person, light a chalice and share each family member’s reflections at the dinner table. Or use the quiet moments before bedtime to reflect on how you’ve lived your values during the day.

This year we are adding something to our own celebration – a Chalice Festival with your church to wrap it all up a party on December 8 from 1 - 4pm. There will be food, games, and fun. If you’d like a family picture, someone will be taking pictures in front of our Peace Stones. We’re really hoping lots of people will join in this opportunity to celebrate being Unitarian Universalist with your church community.

I will be posting inspirational quotes and readings on our church Facebook page each day of   Chalice Festival. There are also Chalice Festival Advent Calendars available in the Fellowship Hall – pick one up on November 25 or December 2. Happy Chalice Festival, and see you in church.