Every January Unitarian Universalist congregations across Canada celebrate a fire ceremony. For many, this ritual of burning paper in flame is a New Year’s ceremony, a release of the past. But this has never felt right to me, I see this ceremony as one which honours the power of fire. Our symbol is the flaming chalice, a lively, ever-changing flickering flame of life. It is a symbol of the vital, sacred spark of life that resides in every living being. And like every living being, it has the power to destroy and to create. Yet we so often light a chalice in services and meetings without thinking about that flickering flame. The fire ceremony gives us an opportunity to meet the flame and celebrate it’s power.
The Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga will be celebrating the fire ceremony this coming Sunday, looking at how we can focus our energy in the coming months. Where do our passions lie? What can we do to make our passions “blaze with life”?
To me, fire is one of the most beautiful elements of life on this planet. Scary, energizing, mesmerizing, gorgeous. The fire dancers in these two videos highlight fire’s living beauty.