Chalice Blog

News from the Chalice Unitarian Univeralist Congregation in Escondido, CA

January Reading for Chalice Elders

At our monthly Elders Lunch (held on zoom the second Friday each month from 12 noon to 1 p.m.), Rev. Sharon shares a reading from the book In Later Years: Finding Meaning and Spirit in Aging by Bruce T. Marshall, a Unitarian Universalist minister. The following are excerpts shared at our January Elders Lunch. The […]

Rev. Sharon Wylie – Minister’s Message for January, 2023

Happy New Year!

The pandemic might not be fully behind us yet, but things are very different than they were this time last year. In December 2021, we held our first “spirit booster” social gathering on our courtyard, and Christmas Eve was our first multi-platform service (in-person and online) in our chapel. (The omicron spike forced […]

President’s Message for January, 2023

It sometimes feels like the holidays pass as a great storm. We hunker down and wait it out. That was true in many parts of our country as the blizzard of 2022 hit. Here, we had 80 degree weather on Christmas day, but there was still the feel of a great storm passing.

As I look […]

Minister’s Message for December, 2022

The following are excerpts from Rev. Sharon Wylie’s sermon “Miracles Abound” offered on November 28, 2021. You can watch the full sermon on Chalice’s YouTube channel.

This is our lives now: living and coping with the ongoing stresses of a pandemic without definitive end.
And because this is our lives now, we have to be as […]

President’s Message for December, 2022

As the days grow shorter and I spend more time indoors and at home, I like to take time to reflect on the past year. I am always filled with gratitude for my family and friends, and for my Chalice community. It is a time for celebration and renewed hope for a just and generous […]

Job Opening: Director of Family Ministries


Open Position Posted: November 16, 2022

Reports To: Minister

Status: Half-time Hourly (20 hours)

Start Date: negotiable

Application Deadline: December 16, 2022



The Director of Family Ministries provides dynamic, relevant, and innovative leadership to grow Chalice UUC Sunday morning religious education (RE) programs for children and youth and to develop new ministries to meet the faith […]

Minister’s Column for November, 2022



I am so glad to return to you after my four months of sabbatical! I hope the time on your end has been rich and meaningful. For me, it has been restful and nourishing. I am so grateful to have had this time.


I never wanted to enter sabbatical with any kind of “plan,” and I’m […]

President’s Column for November, 2022

A big Thank You to Rev. Dr. Greg as he departs after serving as our sabbatical minister for the past three months. I appreciated his heartfelt, thoughtful, and inspiring sermons as well as his gentile guidance for the Board of Trustees and the staff. I am sure he will do well wherever his life journey […]

President’s Column for October, 2022

We are now 3 months into Rev. Sharon’s 4 month sabbatical and I wish to thank  Rev. Dr. Greg for his excellent services and guidance while Rev. Sharon is away. Also, I am very grateful to the Coordinating Team and the Worship Associates who have done an outstanding job of keeping things going and providing […]