First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berks County

seek ... nurture ... serve

From Rev. Sandra's Study

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 Arrival of Summer

July 2017

Summer has arrived and with it comes a somewhat different way of being together in our church community.

What Does It Mean To Be a Community of Zest?

June 2017

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.  - Rabindranath Tagore

What Does It Mean To Be a Community of Embodiment

May 2017
Breathing in, I know I am breathing in. Breathing out, I know I am breathing out. - Thich Nhat Hanh

It's a curious thing how so often I catch myself being somewhere other than where I am.

What Does It Mean To Be a Community of Transformation?

April 2017

I have noticed that Transformation has become a sort of buzz word among Unitarian Universalists. Often we speak of our desire to transform ourselves and the world.

What Does It Mean To Be a Community of Risk?

March 2017

We are here essentially to risk ourselves in the world. We are a form of invitation to others and to otherness.

Inhabiting Our Identity

February 2017
"I sometimes find myself 'examining my identity' as other people examine their conscience. As you may imagine, my object is not to discover within myself some 'essential' allegiance in which I may recognize myself.

The Prophetic Community

January 2017

The task of prophetic ministry is to nurture, nourish, and evoke a consciousness and perception alternative to the consciousness and perception of the dominant culture around us. - Walter Brueggemann

A Community of Presence

December 2016
At the center of the world, and in each breath
this is the holy temple, the birthing moment:
giving and receiving love.

A Community of Stories

November 2016

Whenever we have a Considering Membership Class at church, people are invited to share their religious story.


October 2016

To heal means to rediscover that divine idea, that place of wholeness, within each of us. - Christina Grof

The Promises We Make

September 2016
Love is the doctrine of this church,
the quest of truth is its sacrament,
and service is its prayer.
To dwell together in peace,
to seek knowledge in freedom
to serve human

Living a Life of Play

June 2015

Play exists for its own sake. Play is for the moment; it is not hurried, even when the pace is fast and timing seems important. When we play, we also celebrate holy uselessness.

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.