Today is the first day of Chalica.  What is Chalica, you ask? Since the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick (UUCF) is holding individual donations until the wells are dug and funding is needed, I think I will bring in a little UU information.  As our minister, the Rev. Dr. Carl Gregg said yesterday, new traditions have to start somewhere (e.g., yule trees existed long before someone thought to decorate them and voilà — Christmas trees.) So why not a new holiday? As the UU Association website says, “Chalica is a week-long celebration of our Unitarian Universalist Principles. The holiday first emerged in 2005 out of a wish to have a holiday organized around Unitarian Universalist values.”  There is a Chalica Facebook pageblog, and many Chalica-themed videos on YouTube.  One especially beautiful one is Shed a Little Light.  I also love the music of the Seven Principles.  And for pure fun, watch this one!

The first day of Chalica is the first Monday in December and our first UU principle is “The inherent worth and dignity of every person.” Because I tend toward sarcasm just a little (okay, more than I should), I will take the high road and share a blog I learned about from Magin LaSov Gregg.  The inspiration took root when a friend of hers visited a school in Togo, a small country in West Africa, and discovered a young girl being ejected from school because her family could not pay for tuition. The amount the tearful girl’s family owed was $2.40 — and thus the Merci/Mercy project was born.

The Merci/Mercy Project is a simple, grassroots effort. I have bigger plans for the future, but I couldn’t wait on all of the bells and whistles to get started. I had to start now, to break that cycle of poverty for hundreds of boys and girls in a village in Togo by breaking that cycle, one child at a time, $25 at a time.

Visit the website to find out more about the Merci/Mercy project begun by a young woman who truly cares about the worth and dignity of every person.


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