Chalica Week 1: The Inherent Worth and Dignity of Every Person

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

Chalice Lighting

Within us all burns the fire of life. We share this common flame, symbol of our precious being. Each flame burns with a unique glow, signifying our respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

Family Discussion Questions

If you watched the service on Sunday, talk with your family about the “labels” that Rev. Randy brought up in his message. How do these tend to stick to ourselves and other people in our day to day experience?

Some people we like more than others, how can we recognize and respect the worth and dignity of every person even if we don’t like them?


Think of someone in your life you interact with but don’t know well––your mail person, someone at the grocery store, someone who does things at your home like mows the lawn or shovels snow. Its easy to get into the habit of not seeing such people for the whole and complete persons they are. What ways might you change your interactions with these people? Are there any special ways in which you might affirm their worth and dignity in a more concrete way?