Make a chalice at CVUU!

Every week, we light a chalice at church.  Since we’ve been doing virtual church, we light our own chalices in our homes.  Unfortunately, many of us do not have a chalice to light, so we light a candle.  Now is the time to rectify this!

On Saturday, May 15 (rain date, May 22), the CREC and Membership Committees will offer an intergenerational chalice-making workshop on the lawn of CVUU.  Because of COVID restrictions, we will limit attendance to 25 “bubbles” (either a family or group who live together) or individuals. The workshop will be offered in two one-hour time slots (1:30 – 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. — in case we have more than 25 wanting to participate).  You will need to reserve a spot by May 12.  Chalice-making materials and painting/marking materials will be provided. This exercise does not require great artistic talent (if you have it, flaunt it!). Families can make more than one.

When you register for the workshop, you will choose from 3 options:

  • Glass chalice: (6 ¾” high with a 4 ½” diameter) ($10.00 donation requested)
  • Small terra cotta chalice: (3 ¼” high x 4 ¼” wide) ($5.00 donation requested)  
  • Large terra cotta chalice: (3 ½” high by 6 ¾” wide) ($10.00 donation requested). 

* The glass chalice will be decorated with acrylic or “stained glass” paints. The terra cotta chalices will be decorated with acrylic paints and markers.  

So why, you might ask, do UUs use a chalice as a symbol? The chalice comes from the communion cup (chalice) used in Christian churches. Catholic priests were the only ones in the congregation who got to drink communion from the church’s chalice. UUs believe that everyone is equal—everyone should be able to drink from the chalice.  But, why the flame?  It may harken to the execution by burning of a minister (Jan Huss) in the 1500s for letting the laity take communion from the chalice. Others, including the artist who designed the first flaming chalice for the Unitarian Service Committee, say that the chalice symbolizes strength and freedom.  No matter the ancient history, a chalice with a flame was first used by the USC in their refugee relief work in WWII. At that time, the USC said that the cup was used for giving a healing drink to others while the flame represented a spirit of helpfulness and sacrifice.  Since1941, the flaming chalice is a widespread symbol of our faith. To register for your spot, contact Sally Daniel at swdaniel01@gmail.com, or call 495-4349.