First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berks County

seek ... nurture ... serve

From Rev. Sandra's Study

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

Soul Matters: Monthly Themes for 2016-2017

August 2017

Unitarian Universalists seek wisdom from many sources, finding value and meaning in world religions, science, psychology, philosophy, literature, pop culture, and much mo

Engaging Hearts and Minds at General Assembly

July 2017

We have it in us to be nourishers of discernment and fermenters of healing, to calm fear and plant the seeds of a robust common life. - Krista Tippett, Ware Lecture, General Assembly 2016

A Special Sabbatical Update from Rev. Sandra

June 2017

Dear Berks UU Members and Friends,

Nearly five months have passed since the start of my Sabbatical, and I write in preparation and anticipation of my return to the community at the beginning of June.

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.