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International Council of Unitarians and Universalists

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Global Chalice Lighting for September 2013


The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists announces the 121th in its monthly series of global chalice lighting readings. Congregations worldwide are invited to participate. We invite each congregation to use the reading for at least one worship service in the designated month, identifying it as the Global Chalice Lighting for that month and naming the group which submitted it. This Global Chalice Lighting was submitted by the British General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches and ENGLISH: We light this chalice to mark the commencement of our Unitarian and Universalist service of witness. By this simple act of lighting a flame we are activating a symbol of our solidarity with a noble line of freedom of thought that is relevant today and necessary for the future of all humanity. By this simple act we are identifying with a world-wide community of fellow believers who seek to enrich the world by their peaceful and tolerant commitment to Unitarian and Universalist principles. British General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches FRENCH: Nous allumons ce calice au dbut de chacun de nos cultes unitariens et universalistes afin de tmoigner. Par ce simple geste qui consiste allumer une flamme, nous activons en effet le symbole dune noble tradition de libert de penser en sachant que celle-ci est plus que jamais ncessaire de nos jours et pour lavenir de toute lHumanit. Par ce simple geste nous adhrons une communaut mondiale de croyants, lesquels contribuent enrichir le Monde par leurs engagements pacifiques et tolrants selon les principes unitariens et universalistes. British General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches GERMAN: Wir entznden diesen Leuchter um daran zu erinnern, dass Unitarier und Universalisten begannen, Zeugnis fr religise Freiheit und fr Geistesfreiheit abzulegen. Durch diese schlichte Handlung des Entzndens einer Flamme sprechen wir ein Sinnbild unserer Solidaritt mit einer groartigen Form der Gedankenfreiheit an, die heute von Bedeutung und notwendig fr die Zukunft der Menschheit ist. Durch diese schlichte Handlung identifizieren wir uns mit einer weltweiten Gemeinschaft von Glaubensfreunden, die sich bemhen die Welt durch ihr friedliches und tolerantes Engagement fr Unitarisch-Universalistische Grundstze zu bereichern. British General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches

is suggested for use in September 2013.

ITALIAN Accendiamo questo calice per segnare l'inizio del nostro servizio di testimonianza Unitariana e Universalista. Grazie a questo semplice gesto, l' accensione di una fiamma, noi attiviamo un simbolo che ci collega ad una nobile linea di libert di pensiero, importante oggi e necessaria per il futuro di tutta l'umanit. Grazie a questo semplice gesto, noi ci identifichiamo con una comunit mondiale di credenti che cercano di arricchire il mondo grazie al loro pacifico e tollerante impegno verso i principi Unitariani e Universalisti. -- Assemblea Generale Britannica delle Chiese Unitariane e delle Chiese Libere SPANISH Encendemos este cliz para sealar el comienzo de nuestro servicio de testimonio unitario y universalista. Con este simple acto de prender una llama simbolizamos nuestra solidaridad con una noble lnea de librepensamiento que es relevante para el presente y necesaria para el futuro de la Humanidad. Con este simple acto nos identificamos con una comunidad mundial de creyentes que aspiran a enriquecer el mundo con su compromiso pacfico y tolerante con los principios unitarios y universalista. --- Asamblea General de Iglesias Unitarias y Cristianas Libres de Gran Bretaa (With many thanks to our volunteer translators: Jean-Claude Barbier (French), and Freya Bednarski-Stelling (German), Paola Ferrari (Italian) and Jaume de Marcos (Spanish).)