Our Symbol: The Flaming Chalice
Our metal chalice in the UUFRC sanctuary was created by Dennis Gobets and installed in 1984. It has been burning brightly ever since. 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.
A flame within a chalice 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. We light a flaming chalice in worship to create a reverent space for reflection, prayer, meditation, and singing.
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.