A flame within a chalice, first deigned by Hans Deutsch in 1941, is a primary symbol of the Unitarian Universalist faith tradition. Many of our congregations kindle a flaming chalice in gatherings and worships and feature the chalice symbol prominently.  What does this have to do with the greek Goddess of Home and Hearth?




Unitarian Universalists today have many different interpretations of the flaming chalice, including the light of reason, the warmth of community, and the flame of hope.  Sacrifice and love It unites our members in worship and symbolizes the spirit of our work. (UUA.org)

Reverend Charles Joy, executive director of the Unitarian Service Committee (USC) wrote to his Board about the newly adopted symbol of the flaming chalice.

“A chalice with a flame, the kind of chalice which the Greeks and Romans put on their altars. The holy oil burning in it is a symbol of helpfulness and sacrifice….”

While no one meaning or interpretation is officially recognized for the flaming chalice. It is easy for a Hellenic Pagan to see this very plainly as the hearth flame of the Greek Goddess Hestia.


Thank you for joining us for this discussion.  The material presented is originally from Hestia Comes First, a White Oak Grove CUUPS Hellenic discussion with Kristen Kirk.  ©2017 Kristen Kirk