Our community worships weekly in our newly renovated sanctuary, a place of beauty and love where people of all ages and walks of life are welcome.
Our UU Church will host this year's Interfaith Thanksgiving Service. Elsayed "Steve" Elmarzouky will deliver the homily. The core coordinating religious communities include: Washington Presbyterian, Reform Congregation Oheb Sholom, The Islamic Center of Reading, Church of the Brethren, and the UU Church of Berks County. Representatives from the Buddhist, Bahai, and Quaker communities will also participate. A reception will follow the service.
What is family? Is it the group of people to whom we are born, with whom we share blood and genetics? Or is it the people around us that we touch every day? Who do we turn to in an emergency? Today we will talk about how we each define family. We will look at family cultures and perhaps touch briefly on the holidays in relationship to our families. There will be time for congregational sharing during this service.
The winter holidays offer a time to reconnect to what's most important to us. This morning we'll consider the traditions that make the season meaningful to us.
Our seventh principle affirms our interdependence with all existence of which we are a part. How can we bring greater awareness to our connection to others and to all life, especially in those places and relationships where we are feeling most disconnected? This morning will include a time to consider how we will all stay connected during Rev. Sandra's upcoming sabbatical. This is also a share-the-plate sunday, benefiting CampPeaceworks of Berks Women in Crisis. This program recruits 30 to 40 students in 8th-11th grade who are interested in social justice in the community.
Join us for a lively intergenerational celebration of the season with a fun and upbeat pageant. This morning's service will include a Dedication Ceremony of our new Sanctuary Chalice Art.
Our traditional Christmas Eve service will include songs of the season from our choir, our church instumental ensemble, a message of hope and connection, and passing of the light.