Chalica Week 3: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations

“Birds make great sky-circles of their freedom.

How do they learn it?

They fall and falling,

they’re given wings.”


“For Estefani, Third Grade, Who Made Me a Card”

By Aracelis Girmay, read by the author and animated by TedX

Chalice Lighting

This chalice is a lighthouse, a beacon reaching across the vast spaces.

This flame beckons all travelers, come, enter, and be welcome.

Join us on our mutual quest.

Action Ideas

Think about your close friends and family—people who you love and who you talk to regularly. 

Plan out a way you might reach out to/connect with/contact each of these people and what either words, piece of media (a song, a poem, a piece of art, etc.) or personal message might encourage them. 

Think about what you might send in a different way than other kinds of ways you might be in touch. This isn’t about conveying that you care for them, or reminding them you are there for them. What is going on in their lives? What are their struggles? What is it that you know about each of these people that could help you to encourage them, uplift them, and spur them on in good ways?