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Our Chalice Flame

IMG_20181014_135030Let this flame symbolise the divine spark of light embedded in all living beings.
May its flame lead us to greater knowledge and tolerance.
May its warmth lead us to deeper love and compassion.
And may its light lead us toward greater wisdom and understanding.
Yes, each of us is but a tiny flame.
But together we can enlighten the world!

The lit chalice is the symbol of Unitarians.  We used this reading to open our Service on Sunday.  It was written by Lene Lund Shoemaker of the Danish Unitarian Church and was published by the International Council Of Unitarians and Universalists.  Each month they publish a different chalice lighting, and groups across the world are encouraged to use this at least once during the appropriate month.  It reminds us of our worldwide fellowship and the interconnectedness of humanity.

A New Chapter

Lewes Unitarians begin a new chapter in their story this October when Sunday Services resume once again after a short break.  Unitarians have a long history of meeting in Lewes going back over 200 years, and non-conformists have been meeting at Westgate for over 300 years!  If you want to find out a bit more about this history follow this link

https://www.unitarian.org.uk/sites/default/files/1935_Westgate_Lewes.pdf

However, although we respect our history and what it teaches us, we are not bound by it and we don’t live in the past.  That is not the way of Unitarianism.  Unitarians look at life and faith through a modern lens, and therefore as knowledge and understanding develops in society our perspectives change too.

We are excited to be meeting regularly once again and we hope that people in Lewes and nearby will be interested and may want to join us, but we also want to develop the idea of what an inclusive faith community can be.  Unitarians have always been at the forefront of religious change. For example, appointing England’s first woman minister, Gertrude Von Petzold, in 1904.  So, we want to approach faith matters in ways that are as accessible and inclusive as possible; and to keep learning and improving.  We value our freedom to think for ourselves, but we also recognise the importance of community.

The story of Lewes Unitarians continues…..