South Fraser Unitarian Congregation is a liberal religious community: A place to worship joyfully, engage compassionately, and question boldly.

Our Symbol: The Flaming Chalice


A flame within a chalice (a cup with a stem and foot) is a primary symbol of the Unitarian faith tradition. Many of our congregations kindle a flaming chalice in gatherings and worships and feature the chalice symbol prominently.

Hans Deutsch, an Austrian artist, first brought together the chalice and the flame as a Unitarian symbol during his work with the Unitarian Service Committee during World War II. To Deutsch, the image had connotations of sacrifice and love.

To Unitarians today, the flaming chalice is a symbol of hope, the sacred, the quest for truth, the warmth of community, the light of reason, and more.

We light a flaming chalice in worship to create a reverent space for reflection, prayer, meditation, and singing.

Our Mission


South Fraser Unitarian Congregation was formed in 1990 to provide a setting for inclusive, liberal religious gathering and worship. In 2015, the mission statement was revisited.

To those who visit our community, we offer a warm welcome and an invitation to join us.

In a world that often seems exclusive rather than accepting, and dogmatic rather than open to a spectrum of individual spirituality, we are working to create meaningful connections.

We are continually striving to become a community of inspiration to seekers, and of solace to those in distress.

All who are looking for a religious community and searching for answers to life’s compelling questions can find a home here.

We have crafted this mission statement to reflect our spirit of person-to-person connection, and our determination to bring compassion and healing to our local community and to the larger world.

Our Values

In 2015, we explored our values that we wanted to guide us into the future. These words create a portrait of who we aspire to be.