Chalice Lighters Program of UUA/Southern Region

Chalice lighters

Chalice Lighter calls are crowd-funded contributions given by committed Unitarian Universalist “Chalice Lighters” and Southern Region congregations. Anyone can become a Chalice Lighter — just join our Chalice Lighter email list and respond with a contribution of $10 or more when a call goes out.

Our new approach continues to support personal generosity. Additionally, it encourages congregations to participate in Chalice Lighter calls, by a “share the plate” offering or other special gift solicitation—because we know we are stronger together!

The Spring 2017 Chalice Lighter call for our Southwest geographical area has been awarded to UBarU Camp and Retreat Center in Mountain Home, Texas. UBarU seeks Chalice Lighter funding support for an accessibility improvement project.
The Chalice Lighters Program is a nearly 30 year old program by which individuals and congregations may help their neighbors cross significant thresholds – in keeping with our historic polity admonition to provide “succor” to our congregational neighbors.
UBarU Camp and Retreat Center is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit facility located on 142 acres in the scenic Texas Hill Country some 15 miles west of Kerrville that is open to the public. The mission of UBarU is “to provide a welcoming, peaceful place to gather for spiritual, educational and recreational purposes in harmony with our Unitarian Universalist Principles and the Land. UBarU hosts a variety of UU Men’s, Women’s and youth retreats, conferences, educational events, family-reunions /gatherings, summer camps for children/youth, and weekend get-a-ways to the Hill Country for individuals, couples, families and/or small groups of friends. UU values and sustainable living practices are woven into the curriculum for their youth camps, and are demonstrated by example for all other visitors to come to UBarU. A detailed outline of UBarU’s Accessibility Improvement Project plans and an aerial view of a portion of the campus are available here.
Individual and congregational contributions to UBarU will be a gift to help provide ADA accessibility to persons of limited mobility to the most prominent and rewarding locations on the property. Chalice Lighters, please give generously! Congregations, please consider holding a special offering or share the plate collection to share gifts with UBarU!
A detailed outline of UBarU’s Accessibility Improvement Project plans and an aerial view of a portion of the campus are available here (

How to contribute:
Online donations may be made via PayPal here:, please choose the purpose of payment option “Chalice Lighter ADA Improvements Project.” (You are not required to create an account on the UBarU website nor is a PayPal account required to contribute electronically.)
Donations by check, payable to “UBarU” with a memo “Chalice Lighters,” may be mailed to:
UU Friends Retreat Foundation
Patricia Baillif, Treasurer, UBarU
9719 Redondo Drive
Dallas, TX 75218
This Chalice Lighter call will close on July 5, 2017.

For additional information about Chalice Lighters, the background of the program, and list of types of projects click here.