Univoice Weekly

Weekly News for the week of:
March 7, 2020

This Sunday:

The Transformative Power of Anti-Racism Training

March 7, 2021 at 10:30 am

The ADORE team will explore the transformative power of Jubilee Anti-Racism training with testimonials from members who have attended these sessions in past years.

For Sunday’s worship, we are using the Zoom conferencing platform. It is easy to Zoom from a computer, tablet, or phone! Contact our office here to be set our service link and added to our newsletter.

For Sunday’s worship, we are using the Zoom conferencing platform. It is easy to Zoom from a computer, tablet, or phone! Here is how you do it: With a computer, smartphone or tablet, click on this link to participate: uuberks.org/zoom-worship   (If it’s the first time you’re using zoom you may be prompted to download a launcher app).

To connect by phone (audio only):
1) Dial the phone number: 1-646-558-8656
2) When prompted for the “Meeting ID”, enter: 999-805-145-23#
3) When prompted for the “Participant ID”, enter: #

Please plan to log on by 10:20 or 10:25 am so that you can establish a connection before worship is scheduled to begin. Please note that your mic will be muted and will remain muted for the service. Our service concludes with “virtual coffee hour” when members and friends are unmuted.

Tonight – FRIDAY

7:00 PM:


  •  9:45 AM  
    • Seeds, Sprouts and Saplings (elementary ages): in RE Hangout Zoom Room
    • Commitment to Consciousness (5th Principle) –  We are committed to conscience as a way to tell right from wrong. Our 5th UU principle inspires us towards “The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.” Instead of turning to one person (like a king or a single “wiseman”) for all the answers, we believe that every single person has wisdom inside that needs to be listened to. The still, inner voice that we call conscience is a way to guide us on our journeys. So, what’s one of the ways our faith guides us into becoming a people of commitment? It says, “Always trust your conscience/inner voice/gut to help you tell right from wrong.”
    • link sent via Remind 1 hour before class.  If you need access please email Erin (epcjjc@gmail.com)

10:30 AM 

    • For All: We hear from adult learners who have experienced being changed after attending programs that help explore anti-racist education.
    • Coloring Sheet: “The Welcome Table coloring page by DRE at large Jenn Blosser
    • Use a printed or hand labyrinth to find renewal as you attend worship this morning. Here’s a labyrinth you can print out and trace.  Labyrinth Printable

10:45 – 11:30

  • Youth Group (7th grade & up): Look for a note from your leaders as to when your next meeting is.  If you are a visitor – email director.religious.education@uuberks.org for more information.

Monday – Thursday 
Daily posts on our new covenanted RE Facebook page
check out our Remind classroom. 
If you need to signup link here: remind.com/join/refuucbc

Photos Needed For Flower Communion

Once again we will be celebrating our Annual Flower Communion virtually. Please send in photos of you with your favorite flowers and or gardens for our mosaic bouquet. Photos should be submitted to Melissa at office@uuberks.org no later than March 28th.

Who do I contact?
If you have a pastoral concern during Rev. Fees sabbatical you can reach Rev. Sage Olnick at sabbatical.minister@uuberks.org

If you are in need of a church directory, would like to update your pledge, sign up for Egiving or just have general questions? Please contact our office administrator at office@uuberks.org

Quote of the Week –  “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Extreme economic inequality leads to political inequality which is a large problem for our democracy!  Let’s change that nationally
and in Pennsylvania!

Video (4) – Robert Reich on what election day revealed about progressive policies.
Report – Billionaire Wealth vs Community Health is a report from Bargaining for the Common Good, Institute for Policy Studies, and United for Respect discusses how to protect essential workers from pandemic profiteers.

Fighting for the ‘Democracy We Want’  in Pennsylvania is a long term project to reform legislative rules, reform redistricting procedures, improve voting rights/participation, rminimize the role of money in campaigns, securing the vote with hand-marked paper ballots and reform governmental ethics .

Article – Fair Districts PA explains why legislative rules reform is needed.
Video (18) – Fair Districts presents ‘Dysfunction By Design’ and excellent look at why the legislative rules are at the root of the legislative dysfunction.

Video (98) – a long but informative town hall on judicial gerrymandering.
Fair Districts opposes House Bill 38 to elect state judges by district
rather than by the entire state.
Infographic page on why HB 38 is not a good idea.

**** Action to let your PA State Representative know you oppose HB 38

Upcoming events
Good Government PA calendar with listing of virtual and in-person events across PA and nation.
Tues. Feb. 2, 7 PM – February UUJusticePA Good Government 1st Tuesday
Conference Call – Click Here to join. Consider the zoom video feature.
Thurs. Feb. 4, 7 PM – Fair Districts PA Monthly  Conference Call (1st Thurs)
Fri. Feb. 26, 7:30 PM – UUJusticePA presents “The Democracy We Want Series 2021: What Would That Look Like”. Sign up info coming in early Feb.
Tues. March 2, 7 PM –  All UUJusticePA 1st Tuesday Conference Call  -Click Here to join. Consider the zoom video feature.
Thurs. March. 4, 7 PM – Fair Districts PA Monthly  Conference Call (1st Thurs)

UU Berks Technology Hints

Did you know that we record every church service that we host on Zoom? We use our UUBerks YouTube account to host those recordings.
To find the recordings…

1) Open up a web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari,…) and navigate to our home page at  uuberks.org
2) Once the page opens, click on the (2) Service Archive button. It is in the green box on the right side of the screen
3) The Past Worship Services page will open in the browser window.  The services are sorted from “newest” to “oldest”.  Click on the title of a service to find the video.


4) A dedicated web page for the service will open.  At the bottom of the page, there is a video widget that you can use to view the recording. Click on the play button in the middle of the video widget to watch the video.

5) Once the video starts to play, you will see some buttons in the bottom of the video if you move your mouse cursor over the video widget. Click on the (1) CC button to turn on closed captioning, and click on the (2) Expand button to make the video full screen .  There is also a pause button (not shown in the image below) , in the lower left-hand corner that you can use to pause the video so that you can refill your coffee cup.


If you have any questions about this hint or other technology issues, contact UUBerks IT Services at g.it.services@uuberks.org

Closed Captioning Now Available 

Closed captioning is now available for Sunday service. Please note that not all Zoom virtual meeting rooms/meeting IDs have closed captioning. You will need to be using a current version of the Zoom Client App (the latest version is 5.4.1).

Each participant will be able to toggle closed captioning on/off if the Zoom meeting room has it enabled.

To turn on closed captions, click on the “Closed Caption” button in the Zoom menu bar and then select “Show Subtitles.”  Once it is turned on, you can adjust the font size by clicking on the “Closed Caption” button again and selecting “subtitle settings”.  Note: if the button doesn’t show up on your Zoom menu bar, most likely closed captioning is not available in your current Zoom virtual meeting room.

We have created a short YouTube video to demonstrate how to use Zoom closed captioning. Here is the link to the video:    https://uuberks.org/zoom-cc

Contact g.it.services@uuberks.org if you have any questions.

Are you having trouble connecting to Zoom services?

We have established a Zoom service tech line if you are having trouble logging into our Sunday service. If you do not get an immediate answer, leave a message and your call will be returned momentarily. Dial 484-925-1684.

Giving Options in a time of coronavirus
We know that these are uncertain times and that some of our members and friends are being impacted financially as well as in so many other ways. For those who are able to make a gift or continue to contribute to their pledge, we have added some options. In addition to accepting checks and signing up for electronic giving, you can also now make your gifts from the website and via text. Here are the details:

  • You can now give online on our website UUberks.org by clicking on the online giving tab or clicking
  • You can also give by downloading the GivePlus app on google play and the App store below. You can easily locate our church by zip code 19602

Counting on Commitments

Commitment means that we act on what we value and hold important.

It’s easy to forget how we act sometimes. One way we can store our commitments is to name them. Name your commitments by drawing them or say them outloud, maybe share them with someone close to you, or write them down. Lighting our chalice can be a way to make our time memorable.

Each time you light your chalice this month, name one way you’ve acted today that was caring, one way you’ve acted that changed something, one way you consciously listened to someone else or yourself, one way you curiously explored your world.

Thank you to Maryland DRE, Robin Slaw, who so graciously has committed to creating and sharing a chalice lighting each month for us to connect with.


commitment is. . .

by nadine j. smet-weiss

spiritual director

in my head

the very definition

of commitment

is a certain willfulness

a hard core determination

that come hell or high water

i will do whatever it takes to

make it happen

see it through

get the job done

fight the good fight

unto death until

i surrender to life

offering what i truly have to give

receiving all that i need to live

the reciprocity of relationship

restores the balance of

the freedom to be human

reminding me to remember

the definition of commitment

seeded in every cell of my being

is a full and total

yes to life letting go

into love



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