First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berks County

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Weekly News for January 13, 2019

This Sunday:  
January 13, 2019

Worship Service: 

The Practice of Centering

Rev. Dr. Sandra Fees

Centering is a spiritual practice. This morning we consider various ways that centering deepens our faith and experience.

Children's Programming: 

Children's Programming January 13, 2019

RE Theme of the Week:The Possiblity of Change

Sprouts (Gr 1-3) -Body Prayers for Change and Service 

Saplings (Suggested Gr 4-6)making calendars, four ideas of creating change for February

Youth Group (suggested 7th-12th)Finding possibilities in making swirl painted canvas - led by guest Wilfriede Axsmith

Message from the Office: 
Our Community: 

Desperate call for FAMILY PROMISE Jan 13-Jan 27 Volunteers

We are hosting Family Promise from January 13 - 27th and we still have 25 volunteer spots that need to be filled by Sunday night. Can you please lend a hand up to a family in need this new year? 
Start your year off with right action in the name of a beloved community. Please click on the link below to view the opportunities to serve. Or call or text Carla 610-301-4522

Contemplative Companions

Join us on Monday January 7th, 7:00-8:30 pm in the Gerber Room. Pat Babel will lead us in a contemplative experiential exercise and sharing on the theme of “Chapter II: God is still creating – an opportunity to change a story that no longer serves you.”   

All are welcome. Contact Jane Rohrbach ( or Nadine Smet-Weiss ( for further information.

Book Club Meeting

January 8, 2019 7pm

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Joy DeGruy

Social Justice: 

Adult RE: “Sparing Anti-Racism”

As I attempt to thoughtfully engage with my own white privilege and help our church become truly anti-racist, I learn day by day how much “un-learning” I have to do.

Reading the American Scholar magazine recently, I came upon a piece by law professor Farah Peterson titled “Black Lives and the Boston Massacre.”

Before reading the article, I quickly reviewed what I recalled about the Boston Massacre: That Crispus Attucks, a black man, was one of those killed, and that future President John Adams was the defense attorney for the British soldiers who fired upon the crowd of Bostonians. Adams secured their acquittal with what became a famous appeal to reason over emotion: “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”

Then I started reading the article and my un-learning began.

About the state of the law at the time, which featured a version of “stand your ground” defense.

About the fact that Attucks was the very first man killed.

About the sad realization that Adams used appeals to emotions that bear a lot of resemblance to the Michael Brown killing.

There’s more – but please consider reading the full article in the online version of the American Scholar at this URL:

It’s worth your time!

-          Jim Beidler


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The group shepherding this column, which is planning other activities, will next meet at the church on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, 7 to 8:30 p.m. – all are invited!

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