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The Origins of Chalica

Chalica is an unofficial holiday, originally conceived by Daylene Marshall of Vancouver, BC, as a way to celebrate and put into intentional practice the Seven Principles of the Unitarian Universalist tradition - one a night, for seven nights. The celebration begins on the first Monday of December and is marked by the lighting of a chalice each day (or evening). For some more information and ideas, check out  this Chalica Booklet.


Feel free to take the time you need to work through the principles at a pace that works for you!

Supplies Needed for activities in the videos:


Day 1: Construction Paper Blank Cards/Envelope

Day 2: Cardboard loom, yarn, pony beads, needle

Day 3: Dice

Day 5 and 6: Popsicle sticks, washi tape, markers

Day 7: Birdseed (will need recyclables or other supplies from home for making a bird feeder)

1st Principle

We affirm and promote the inherent dignity and worth of every human being.


Each person is important.

2nd Principle

We affirm and promote justice, equity and compassion in human relations.


Be kind in all you do.

3rd Principle

We affirm and promote acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations


We’re free to learn together.

4th Principle

We affirm and promote a free and responsible search for truth and meaning.


We search for what is true.

5th Principle

We affirm and promote the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.


All people need a voice

6th Principle

We affirm and promote the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all


Build a fair and peaceful world

7th Principle

We affirm and promote respect for the interconnected web of existence of which we are all a part.


We take care of the earth.

We care for earth’s lifeboat.

8th Principle

Journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.


Dismantle Racism and Oppression, Together

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