Chalice Lighting for November’s theme of Holding History

Who have you lit your home chalice with? Who will you light it with? Your cat? Your dog? Your loved ones around the table? Robin Slaw, masters level DRE at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia, Maryland; a soul matters congregation, created this chalice lighting to share with us.

We hold history when we light our chalice.

We allow the memory of loved ones to guide us,

to comfort us in times of trouble,

to bring us joy in remembering.

We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us,

we square our shoulders for those who follow,

to stand on our shoulders and move the work forward.

We hold up the painful parts of our past,

remembering the times people were marginalized,

promising to do better when we know better.

We recognize the impact we have on those who follow us,

just as we have been impacted by the actions of those who came before,

holding awareness of the earth and all her creatures.

We light our chalice to hold the history of what came before,

what will follow as history yet to be created,

and to shine our light brightly in our world.

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