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Chalica is an evolutionary celebration, a fun and light-hearted way to fight the commercialization of our culture, introduce family ritual into homes, and deepen UUs’ understanding of our Principles . . . all at the same time.” Rev. Lisa Schwartz, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka, KS

Chalica – a Homegrown UU Holiday   

     Chalica is a new holiday created in 2005 by a group of young adult UUs in Vancouver, Washington.  Over the past decade, it’s become popular with families and churches across the U.S.  Chalica is an invitation to spend a day with each of the seven Unitarian Universalist principles, reflecting on their meaning and doing a good deed focused on each one. Gifts can be given, but they are typically notes or small handmade items. Chalica starts the first Monday in December and runs for a week.  (Seven days, seven principles, seven days of Chalica.)  It’s not meant to add to the stress of the holidays – in fact, much the opposite!  You can do as much or as little as you like.  It is a way of de-centering the commercialized gift-giving that is a part of so many December lives, and giving us an opportunity to think about what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist in our everyday lives. For instance, since the first day of Chalica is all about the First Principle—worth and dignity—it would be a good time to make an apology, forgive someone, or write a card to someone you love. Breakfast would be a good time to set your intention for the day. If you’re not a morning person, light a chalice and share each family member’s reflections at the dinner table. Or use the quiet moments before bedtime to reflect on how you’ve lived your values during the day. 

    If you are interested in celebrating Chalica, there are two articles in the UU World (found on, our denominational website). There’s also a Chalica Facebook page and YouTube channel. I will be posting inspirational quotes and readings on our church website each day of Chalica. Children, teens, and families will also have created Chalica-in-a-Box during our religious education classes on Thanksgiving weekend.  If you’re interested in having one for your own home, but missed out on this special event, just ask me for instructions and materials!  Happy Chalica, and see you in church! 

In faith, Kathy

For more information:
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Child Dedication ~ We will be holding a child dedication at both morning services on December 24, Christmas Eve. This beloved and important ritual is for babies, toddlers, and children of all ages who have not yet been dedicated in a UU church.  If you would like to participate, or if you have questions, please speak with Kathy Smith, Director of Family Ministries, or our ministers. "Each night a child is born is a holy night", and one of the foundations of our church community is our shared dedication to our children.