First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berks County

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From Rev. Sandra's Study

The Spiritual Practice of Being Human

July 2018

Sometimes the term "spiritual practice" evokes ideas of other-worldliness or of escape from the struggles for justice.

What Does It Mean to Be a People of Blessing?

June 2018
“So what, then, does it mean to offer a blessing, to be a blessing?

What Does It Mean to Be a People of Creativity?

May 2018
All the arts we practice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life.—M.C. Richards

Being creative isn’t just for artists.

What Does It Mean to Be a People of Emergence?

April 2018

This month we celebrate emergence, including a butterfly release. Perhaps like me you are fascinated with the dramatic transformation of butterflies.

A Balancing Act

March 2018

I practice meditation, yoga, and chanting to foster balance in my life. Yet I still regularly get thrown off kilter. A packed schedule, a disagreement with a friend, or tragic news can cause me to lose my sense of equanimity.

One More

February 2018

There are many ways I have persevered in my life but also a few ways I have given up or abandoned projects or possibilities.

What Does It Mean to be a People of Intention

January 2018

Intention is not just about will—or about resolutions we make on New Year’s Eve with shaky hope in our hearts—but about our overall everyday vision, what we long for, what we believe is possible for us.

What Does It Mean to be a People of Hope

December 2017
“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all - 

What Does It Mean to be a People of Abundance

November 2017
Everybody knows the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
And everybody

The Courage to Be Human

October 2017

Lately I've been thinking a lot about the courage it sometimes takes just to live in the world. And I'm not really talking about the big overwhelming things, but just moving through each day with a level of fearlessness and exuberance.


September 2017

We bear the universe in our beings as the universe bears us in its being. The two have a total presence to each other and to that deep mystery out of which both the universe and ourselves have emerged.

The Power of Belonging

June 2014

Our religious community is a place where we come to find connection.

Feeling Feelings

May 2014

We Unitarian Universalists consider ours a thinking person's religion. We use reason and science as sources of our faith. Yet we also exercise emotions. We love to laugh and have fun, and experience the fullness of our lives.

Light and Shadow

March 2014

Darkness is recognized for having special gifts to offer us on our spiritual path. But we all know it’s easier to appreciate the darkness

Prayer Flags and Other Ways to Pray

April 2014

At last year’s church auction, I was the winning bidder on the prayer flags created by our UU Kids. The flags are currently displayed in the Gerber Room.