First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berks County

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Weekly News for July 14, 2019

This Sunday:  
July 14, 2019

Worship Service: 

LGBTQ Service

LGBTQ Caucus

This service will explore what it means to be a people of pride.

Children's Programming: 
Volunteers: 
Message from the Office: 
Our Community: 

Save the Date

Please come out and join the LGBT+ Community as we come together for the "Reading Pride Celebration".  The Festival will be held on July 21, 2019, from 12-6 at Centre Park in the City of Reading,  Arts District. We are also looking for volunteers to help out at the UU table. A sign up sheet is on the bulletin board in the Gerber Room.  If there are any questions please see Trent Bayne after the service, or contact him at 443-632-6112.

Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps

Friday, July 12: 7pm
Berks County Detention Center
1040 Berks Rd.
Leesport, PA 19533

What is Lights for Liberty?

Social Justice: 

“Racial Justice Education Team”

Racial blind spots come in all types, shapes and sizes.

Sometimes they even come from election reforms that look tough for anyone to oppose.

What am I talking about? So-called “straight-party voting” in which you can push one button or hit one lever in a general election and vote for all the candidates affiliated with a particular party.

I’ve never, ever used the straight-party button because I want to look at each race individually, educated myself about those running, and evaluate all candidates on their own merits and not merely by which party they are affiliated with (Truth be known: I haven’t voted for a Republican since Lynn Swann for governor in 2006—which was actually before I had switched my party registration!—but I like to think the theoretical possibility exists).

So when a recent Pennsylvania election reform bill had the elimination of straight-party voting tagged on to it—I thought for once this was a bipartisan move that no one could possibly oppose.

Enter my relatively new Facebook Friend Kadida Natasha Kenner of “We the People – Pennsylvania” and “Why Courts Matter – Pennsylvania.”

Kenner pointed out that the straight-party option is used by many in Philadelphia as a convenience at polling places that are poorly resourced and might end up having long lines that would discourage turnout if the button was eliminated.

Here’s Kenner’s full commentary:

https://www.penncapital-star.com/commentary/how-a-gop-bill-getting-rid-of-straight-ticket-voting-will-silence-minority-voters-kadida-kenner/

And here’s a news story about Governor Wolf’s veto of the bill:

https://www.penncapital-star.com/government-politics/gov-wolf-vetoes-bill-that-eliminates-straight-ticket-ballots-funds-voting-machine-replacement/

There’s an old adage that “every story has two sides to it—at least!” … which certainly is the case here!

 

 

—     Jim Beidler

News: 

UU Camping/Daytrip to French Creek State Park, August 23 and 24, 2019

July 3, 2019

What: Tent camping (optional), hike with ranger, hanging out in the woods, activities, potluck, campfire with songs and s’mores, good company! Please let us know if you would be interested in leading a group activity or have camping gear/equipment to share. You are welcome to join for a daytrip even if you don’t want to camp overnight. More information and details will be forthcoming.

When:  Friday, August 23 (evening) and Saturday, August 24, 2019

UU Berks Celebrates Welcoming Congregation Status Renewal

June 26, 2019

 

Please click on the link below to view our updated Welcoming Congregation information.

wc_renewal_ltr.pdf

sUUmmer Fun opportunity for middle school youth

June 20, 2019

Do you have a UU middle schooler?  Do you want to support a UU middle schooler you know?  The Philly area churches just published a rsvp for a middle school hang out afternoon in August.  This is a great opportunity for your middle schoolers to meet and hang with area UUs their age.  

Seeking a Picnic Team Leader

June 18, 2019
Are you (or you and a church friend) willing to head up the church picnic team? There are plenty of people who love to help, but we need a team leader or co-leaders to organize this church community event. If you are interested, please contact the church office to get started assembling a team of volunteers, scheduling the picnic, and making plans for Fall 2019 or Spring 2020. 

Rev. Sandra's Summer Schedule

June 18, 2019
Rev. Sandra's summer schedule includes a restorative retreat, study time, and vacation. She is available through Wednesday, June 26 and will return August 13. During this time, if you have a pastoral need, please contact the Church Office or a member of the Caring Circle. They will contact Rev. Sandra, as needed. Other inquiries can be directed to the Church Office and will be directed to the appropriate person or committee.

Your Summer Caring Circle

June 18, 2019
Are you celebrating an anniversary, purchase of a new home, or expecting an addition to your family? Have you lost someone dear to you or are you experiencing a loss? Let our Caring Circle know. Our summer coordinators are:
June-Stephanie Hullinger
July-Carol Gonzalez
August-Pat Getz
September-Liz Eshleman
Upcoming Events: 
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