As we enter more deeply into this season of reverence and awe, I am reminded of how important it is for each of us, and our families, to regularly take time to practice the art of spiritual reflection. Spiritual practices help us focus on the values that sustain us in challenging and promising times, but . . . too often we forget to keep them going. To develop a grounding spiritual practice, it takes practice. The repetition of rituals provides an anchor of stability in tough and changing seas. When ritual is practiced with others, it creates a safe place for bonding that keeps each other and our community strong.
Starting on January 5, 2019, SUUS will initiate a spiritual practice called “Chalice Quest.” Amy and I will be working together to illuminate the ways that a chalice can be used at home, to help each of us sort through the deep questions of life. We will encourage each of you to identify a place where you can set a Chalice for lighting and for reflecting on weekly spiritual questions. For some of you this will be a time of deep reflection by yourself. If so, the use of a journal to keep track of your thoughts is recommended as you explore life’s questions and your faith. For those of you who are 2 or more, making time to reflect together in the presence of a chalice is not only a great spiritual practice, but it’s also a good way to bond with each other and our faith.
As for when you might do this, a good time to do this could be at dinner time, either before or after the meal, with the lit chalice placed at the center of your meal. That said, however you live into this spiritual practice, it has to work for you, and your challenge is to find a way to make it work. Whatever way works for you, is the right way.
We hope you enjoy this opportunity to join our Chalice Quest. The possibilities for spiritual growth and deepening are endless!
May you find time in this holiday season to do those things that truly matter and that nurture your soul.