Our Symbol: The Flaming Chalice
The chalice and flame were brought together as a Unitarian symbol during WWII by Austrian artist, Hans Deutsch, who was working with the Unitarian Service Committee which was helping Eastern Europeans escape from Nazi persecution. To Deutsch, the image had connotations of sacrifice and love. Unitarian Universalists today have many different interpretations of the flaming chalice, including the light of reason, the warmth of community, and the flame of hope.
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.