Candles of Community are an important part of the GMUUC’s Sunday worship services.

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What is the purpose of Candles of Community?

Candles of Community is for the brief sharing of the deepest personal joys, concerns and sorrows of a congregant with the rest of GMUUC community. ‘Personal’ means that a joy, concern or sorrow involves a family member, someone you are very close to, or yourself.

I would like to share my concerns about a global issue such as climate change, oppression, or war with the congregation — may I do that through Candles of Community?

This would not be an appropriate use of Candles of Community. Candles of Community is for joys/concerns/sorrows involving a specific person you know and care deeply about. Feel free to discuss the issues during the Coffee Hour, and attend a meeting of the Social Justice Committee meeting to share your thoughts.

May I light a candle silently?

Yes, you may. If you do, someone who knows you well may approach you one-on-one to wish you well or for a conversation, if you wish.

How often may I light a Candle of Community?

We don’t have specific thoughts on how often. You may light candles whenever you have a deep personal joy, sorrow or concern, even several times a year if necessary. We do believe that if we use candles sparingly, our voices tend to be heard more deeply by the congregation.

I was involved in a great activity or vacation — may I share this during Candles of Community?

We believe that this sharing is more appropriate during the Coffee Hour or at other fellowship opportunities, rather than at Candles of Community.