Today starts the first day of Chalica, a week of celebrating our 7 principles. On each day, a chalice is ignited, the day’s principle is read, and ways of honoring the principle are enacted, such as volunteering or donating to a social justice cause.
1ST PRINCIPLE: THE INHERENT WORTH AND DIGNITY OF EVERY PERSON
Reflection on the First Principle
“Reverence and respect for human nature is at the core of Unitarian Universalist (UU) faith. We believe that all the dimensions of our being carry the potential to do good. We celebrate the gifts of being human: our intelligence and capacity for observation and reason, our senses and ability to appreciate beauty, our creativity, our feelings and emotions. We cherish our bodies as well as our souls. We can use our gifts to offer love, to work for justice, to heal injury, to create pleasure for ourselves and others.
“‘Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy,’ the great twentieth-century Rabbi Abraham Heschel wrote. Unitarian Universalists affirm the inherent worth and dignity of each person as a given of faith—an unshakeable conviction calling us to self-respect and respect for others.,”
—Rev. Dr. Rebecca Ann Parker