Chalice Lighting Videos Needed!

You Are Invited to Be in a Video Collage of UUs Lighting Chalices for General Assembly!

Dear Members and Friends of the Universalist Church, Unitarian Society of Hartford, Unitarian Universalist Society: East:

We have exciting news share with you: the three UU congregations of Greater Hartford are creating a worship service for the UUA’s General Assembly this year about collaboration across congregations! On the Saturday morning of GA, our worship service will be offered to all GA attendees from anywhere in the world they are watching. After that, the service will remain online for folks to see for years to come!

In the spirit of collaboration, we want all of you to be a part of the service. We’re going to start the service with a video collage of people lighting chalices wherever they are—because we have all been worshipping in lots of places for the past year. Using smartphones and tablets, we’d like you to record yourselves and/or your families lighting a chalice and then send them in so that we can create a collage from all of us to music improvised by Mary Bopp from UUS:E.

Your video can be just of your hands or include your faces. It can be one person or an entire family. The videos don’t need to be any more than 30 seconds long and will likely be a little shorter. Please upload them by 5pm on Sunday, May 9th so we can create the collage.

We’ll ask you to sign a video release form—particularly if children are on the video—but we won’t be including names or anything else that identifies participants.

It’s not often that we have an opportunity to support our common denominational life like this. The staff of the congregations is excited to make this happen. We hope you will be, too! Please reach out to Rev. Adam ([email protected]) from the Universalist Church of West Hartford with any questions.


Rev. Adam

(on behalf of the ministers and staff of the Unitarian Society of Hartford, Unitarian Universalist Society: East, and the Universalist Church of West Hartford)


  1. Take a short chalice lighting video on your smart phone and save it to your phone.
  2. Go to the “Chalice Lighting Videos” link in your email or here:
  3. Click the “+” or the 3 menu lines to view your uploading options.
  4. Choose “Upload Video” and choose your video.
  5. If anyone is recognizable in the video, please sign the attached UUA Permission Waiver.

     You may take a picture of it and upload your waiver to the link.