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• Chalica is a week-long celebration of Unitarian Universalist Principles. The holiday first emerged in 2005 out of a wish to have a holiday organized around UU values. Not all UUs celebrate Chalica, but it offers all a time to reflect, grow, and give. Chalica begins the first Monday in December and lasts seven days. Each day, a chalice is lit and the day is spent reflecting on the meaning of that day’s principle, and doing a good deed to honor that principle.

o Monday, December 2: Focus on the first principle, which affirms and promotes “the inherent worth and dignity of every person.” Where do you see this principle in your life?

o Tuesday, December 3: Reflect on “justice, equity and compassion in human relations.” Consider how you can make a difference in someone’s life today.

o Wednesday, December 4: Reflect on the third principle, which is “acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.” Unitarian Universalism is a non-creedal religion which draws spirituality and wisdom from a diverse set of sources including direct experience, humanist teachings, Jewish and Christian teachings, Earth-centered traditions, more. Learn about our six sources at: https://www.uua.org/beliefs/what-we-believe/sources

o Thursday, December 5: We are privileged to engage in “a free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” Today, be intentionally open to the great mysteries of truth and meaning that life offers, that may speak to us through our own intuition and experience – but also through insights from tradition, community, conflict, nature, and relationships.

o Friday, December 6: “The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.” This requires trust in the development of each individual conscience – along with a belief that such development is possible for each of us. What can you do today – to cultivate your own conscience?

o Saturday, December 7: “The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all” may seem unattainable. Rev. Sean Parker Dennison challenges us with a call to action: “I want us to believe – and to live as if we believe – that a world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all is possible. There is no guarantee that we will succeed, but I can assure you that we will improve ourselves and improve the world by trying.”

o Sunday, December 8: We often have a limited idea of “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part” as an environmental concept. Yet it is so much more. It is our response to the great dangers of both individualism and oppression. It is our solution to the seeming conflict between the individual and the group. Reflect on your place in your community, in your family, in the Fellowship – “part of something greater than ourselves.”