Becky Brown and Liz Huddle extinguishing the Chalice
We showed a film, "Teachings of the Tree People," which showed the works of Gerald Bruce Miller (1944-2005). He was a nationally acclaimed artist and Skokomish tribal leader on the Hood Canal who interpreted the sacred teachings of the natural world to anyone who wanted to learn. This gentle and generous film is the parting gift of a great teacher, writer and orator.
"Bruce" showed us how he made woven mats from cedar bark and how plants provide us with many medicines. Unfortunately, these skills, learned over generations, are rapidly disappearing in our modern world.
Kathy Knowles taught us the history of the UU Chalice, how it came about, what it means, and how the design was created. As a new UU, she became enchanted by the Chalice and dug into its history. A lively discussion followed. A key point is that for most UUs, the Chalice is an icon and a great source of inspiration. You can listen to both her presentation and the discussion below.