First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berks County

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April 2019 News

Worship Services: 

"An Undivided Life"

Sun, April 7, 10:30am
Rev. Dr. Sandra Fees

This morning we'll explore the journey toward an undivided life in a divided world. This service draws on the teachings of educator and writer Parker Palmer.

The Sense of Wonder: Lessons from Rachel

Sun, April 14, 10:30am
Rev. Alison Cornish

Rachel Carson was one of the most inspiring pioneers of the 20th century who, in studying the world around her, articulated awareness, affection, awe – and, from these, created a deep well from which she drew the courage, energy, determination to act for the common good.  She wrote, ‘the more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.’ What lessons does Rachel Carson hold for us today as we face a deepening crisis of our Common Home?


The Rev. Alison Cornish is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister.  She ministered to congregations on Long Island from 2001-2013, and since moving to Philadelphia in 2013, has served her ministry in community settings. She is currently the Executive Director of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light (PA IPL), a state-wide affiliate of a national organization encouraging congregations to respond to the challenge of climate change as an urgent moral issue; and as Director of Congregational and Seminary Initiatives at Interfaith Philadelphia, which seeks to build a healthy, religiously diverse democracy in the greater Philadelphia region. Alison is the affiliated community minister at First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia. 

"Lo, The Earth Awakes Again"

Sun, April 21, 10:30am
Rev. Dr. Sandra Fees

On this Easter Sunday, we will celebrate the renewal of the earth and the awakening of the spirit with the Unitarian Universalist Flower Ceremony. Members and friends are encourage to bring a flower and to receive a flower different from the one they bring. The offering will benefit the UU Berks Food Bank.

Wholeness: Roots and Wings

Sun, April 28, 10:30am
Rev. Dr. Sandra Fees

Roots keep us safe and grounded. Wings set us free. How can roots and wings together sustain and repair our wholeness? This morning we welcome new members into our religious community. 

Our Community: 

Sunday, April 28 at 12pm at FUUBC

World renowned artist Michelle Angela Ortiz is screening a short documentary as part of "Familias Separadas" a project developed from interviews with families detained at the Berks Family Detention Center

LGBTQ/Allies Caucus Meeting

The LGBTQ/Allies Caucus will meet at 11:45am on April 28th in the meeting room in the back of the Chalice house. All are welcome.

LGBTQ Caucus Meeting

Our next meeting of the LGBTQ caucus will be held on March 10th at 11:45am in the meeting room off of the Gerber room. All are welcome.

Sign Up to Beta-Test UU at home!

Supporting Families as They Explore the Sacred in Everyday Spaces

Have a hard time regularly connecting to church?  Or do you want your family to grow deeper in your faith?  We’re looking for 5 families to beta-test at home this new resource from SoulMatters.

Here’s a little info about what it looks like?

The Welcome Mat  The Welcome Mat section provides a brief introduction to the theme and how it relates to family life.

UU History Video Series Part III

April 7, 12:15pm

The  topic is "American Unitarianism". If you missed the other sessions, do not are very welcome to attend this session which stands well on its own!  Questions can be addressed to the coordinators: Carol Orts and Jim Beidler.

#MeToo Presents- Compassionate Coping

Date: April 6, 2019
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Presenter: Joanna Groebel,MA, R-DMT, LPC 
Many women have past abusive experiences that don’t stay in the past, but intrude into the present when they are triggered.
This supportive workshop will show you ways to ground and shift your energy when the past comes calling. You will be safely guided in art medicine, energy psychology, breathwork, and EMDR resourcing techniques, as well as in nourishing connections to nature and other women who understand.

#MeToo Presents :We Too in Me Too: LGBT+ Voices of Sexual Violence & Harassment

Although the LGBT+ community has been largely left out of the national dialogue surrounding the #MeToo Movement, they experience sexual violence and harassment at rates much higher
than heterosexual and cisgender individuals.This workshop will hold space for members of the LGBT+ community to be a part of the Me Too dialogue while placing this in the broader context of homophobia, heterosexism, heteronormativity and transphobia. The impact of intersecting identities as they relate to sexual violence and harassment will also be explored.
Upcoming Classes: 
Upcoming Events: 
Wed, September 25, 7:00pm
Sun, September 29, 12:30pm
Thu, October 3, 9:00am
Mon, October 7, 7:00pm
Tue, October 8, 7:00pm

"Shine Like the Stars" at our Annual Service Auction

April 6, 2019
Saturday, April 6, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Tickets - $15.00
Child Care Available
The 2019 Service Auction program is available online:
Come out for an evening for fun, food, & community at our annual service auction. Enjoy a smorgasbord of wonderful food before the silent and live auctions.
Please help make this year's service auction a huge success by donating an item or experience. Share the date and bring friends, family, coworkers, neighbors - the more the merrier. 
There will be something for everyone: wine, restaurant gift certificates, small group dinners and tapas events, tickets to sporting and music events, beautiful artwork and handcrafted items, and more!