The Flaming Chalice
“At the opening of Unitarian Universalist worship services, many congregations light a flame inside a chalice. This flaming chalice has become a well-known symbol of our denomination. It unites our members in worship and symbolizes the spirit of our work.”
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. Unitarian Universalists today have many different interpretations of the image. To learn more about the history of our Unitarian Universalist symbol, please read the pamphlet, “The Flaming Chalice.”
The flaming chalice image has changed many times over the past 65 years. Modern chalice designs often incorporate two overlapping circles which, for many people, represent our Unitarian and Universalist heritages.
World Religion Symbols
We use a variety of symbols representing ideals from different life paths.
Our Social Justice Symbols
We, as a UU congregation, also support the Standing on the Side of Love campaign, which seeks to advocate for social justice and a more peaceable, equitable world through our activities.