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The Flaming Chalice
A flame within a chalice (a cup with a stem and foot) is a primary symbol of the Unitarian Universalist faith tradition. Many of our congregations kindle a flaming chalice in gatherings and worships and feature a chalice prominently.
Hans Deutsch, an Austrian artist, first brought together the chalice and the flame as a Unitarian symbol during his work with the Unitarian Service Committee during World War II. To Deutsch, the image had connotations of sacrifice and love.
To Unitarian Universalists today the flaming chalice is a symbol of hope, the sacred, the quest for truth, the warmth of community, the light of reason, and more.
We light a flaming chalice in worship to create a reverent space for reflection, prayer, meditation, and singing.
Worship at UUCLV is a time during the week when we all--children, teenagers, and adults--gather under one 'tent.' To worship is to give worth to something; we hold that our shared time together is worthy. We gather and practice being in covenanted religious community. Worship is about making a connection between the world outside and the spirit within. It is song and prayer, silence and recitation, giving and receiving. Worship is a time and place to set down our burdens, rejoice, reflect, and recharge before going out and living into our shared Unitarian Universalist faith.
Regular worship services are held each Sunday at 10:30 AM (currently on Zoom).
Nursery care is provided for those under age six.