Chalice Blog

News from the Chalice Unitarian Univeralist Congregation in Escondido, CA

Most Recent Covid Information

Beloved congregants,

I was fortunate to attend a COVID briefing from the County of San Diego for religious leaders yesterday (these briefings have happened periodically throughout the pandemic). We are in a very serious time of the pandemic:

San Diego County is experiencing the highest number of COVID cases we’ve had during the entire pandemic
Many people are […]

Please sign the Chalice Health Covenant

As we prepare for more in person gatherings, Coordinating Team is asking all Chalice congregants to fill out our online Chalice Health Covenant.Filling out this form is voluntary and not required to attend and participate in events at Chalice Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Please be aware, however, that some […]

President’s Message for December, 2021

Hello all at Chalice,


This month’s column is an update on some actions of the board of trustees. The board a few months ago created two task forces. One task force was charged with the task of educating themselves and the congregation about the 8th principle with the end goal of adopting it next year. The […]

Rev. Sharon Wylie – Minister’s Message for December, 2021

The following is an excerpt from Rev. Sharon Wylie’s sermon “Our UU 8th Principle” offered on November 7, 2021:


When we travel somewhere different, not everything makes sense there because the norms and traditions of another culture are foreign to us. And we, the travelers, are slightly uncomfortable, right? Outside our comfort zone, unsure, uncertain. That’s […]

Minister’s Message for Novmber, 2021

The following is an excerpt from Rev. Sharon Wylie’s sermon “Maybe We Make God” offered on October 3, 2021:


These are hard times to be a churchgoer.


When I first joined a Unitarian Universalist church in 2004, the first church of any kind I had ever joined, it was still very mainstream to attend church, and there […]

President’s Column for November, 2021

On September 26, Gregory C Carrow-Boyd was our guest speaker at our Sunday service. He used the quote “Justice is what love looks like in public.”  Here are a few words I wrote shortly after that sermon.

“Justice is what love looks like in public”.  I love the quote.  Because yes, justice is what love looks […]

President’s Message for September 2021

One of the goals for the Board this year is as follows. “Support the Outreach team to make Chalice more visible to the outside Community and encourage growth, with a goal of diversifying membership”


Our current membership at Chalice includes 130 members, 9 non-voting members, 5 member emeritus and 39 pledging friends, totalling 183. According to […]

Rev. Sharon Wylie – Minister’s Message for September 2021

One of the things I will always remember about the pandemic is what it is like when what we want to know is still unfolding. Over and over again we’ve said, “we’ll know more soon” and “we’ll know more in a month.”

Last month I wrote that there was talk of booster shots. One month later, […]

Minister’s Message for August, 2021

In early June, I emailed the congregation (members, friends, and others who attend regularly) to ask about your vaccination status, Of the 230 people I emailed, I got 143 responses, some of whom answered for themselves and people not on my email list (so the numbers don’t add up exactly, as you’ll see).

Of the 143 […]