Olympic Unitarian Universalist Symbol     

 

A flame within a chalice (a cup with a stem and foot) is a primary symbol of the Unitarian Universalist faith tradition.

 

Many of our congregations kindle a flaming chalice in gatherings and worships and feature the chalice symbol prominently.

Hans Deutsch, an Austrian artist,

    

first brought together the chalice and the flame as a Unitarian symbol during his work with the Unitarian Service Committee during World War II.

To Deutsch, the image had connotations of sacrifice and love.

wikipedia.org/wiki/Flaming_chalice

www.uua.org/beliefs/who-we-are/chalice/flaming-chalice

www.uuworld.org/articles/wartime-origins-the-flaming-chalice

 

To Unitarian Universalists today the flaming chalice is a symbol of hope, the sacred, the quest for truth, the warmth of community, the light of reason, and more.



We light a flaming chalice in worship to create a reverent space for reflection, prayer, meditation, and singing.

 

Below are some of the many adaptations of Deutsch’s Original design