Univoice Weekly

Weekly News for the week of:
March 14, 2020

This Sunday:


March 14, 2021 at 10:30 am 

This Sunday marks a year of quarantine and living into virtual community. We will celebrate our innovation, creativity, and commitment to each other. Join us in making the most of this Quarantine-aversary!

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:

  • For this week’s story – we’re going to hear Mae Among the Stars by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (Author), R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator)


  •  9:00 AM
  • Growing Anti-Racist Unitarian Universalists – lower elementary. pre registered class;
  • 9:45 AM
  • Seeds, Sprouts and Saplings (elementary ages): in RE Hangout Zoom Room
  • Commitment to Change (the Importance of Keeping an Open Mind): In the past year we’ve experienced a lot of change.  We come together to mark the changes we’ve experienced both sad and maybe joyful.
  • Our faith is a living tradition. We describe 6 Sources of our living tradition, instead of one holy book or one prophet. And when we learn new things, we expect our faith to change. We vote on adding new sources and new principles, as well as changing them. We are committed to keeping an open mind about anything that might challenge and change our faith. So, what’s one of the ways our faith guides us into becoming a people of Commitment? It tells us, “Everything changes, so be ready to never stop growing!”
  • link sent via Remind 1 hour before class.  If you need access please email Erin (epcjjc@gmail.com)

10:30 AM 

  • For All: This Sunday marks a year of quarantine and living into virtual community.  We’ll celebrate our creativity and commitment to each other and mark what has been lost. 
  • Coloring Sheet: “Roots Hold Me Close and Wings Set Me Free 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): It’s that time of year again.  You’ll be starting to dream up your worship service scheduled for May 2nd.  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

Adore Listening Cafe

On March 14 at noon, our ADORE team invites you to our next Listening Cafe.
Nadine Smet-Weis will lead us in telling our short stories of:

  • how we have been changed because of….
  • what we have done because of….
  • what actions we have taken and interactions we have had that were different from what they would have been if not for….

the work our church has been doing on race and ethnicity as a community.

Friends and members are invited to participate in this ADORE discussion and encouraged to invite others to join in the dialog.

First UU Church of Berks Co. is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Adore Listening Cafe

Time: Feb 21, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Please contact g.adore@uuberks.org for meeting details.

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.

“Plant” a Pledge for “Celebrating the Cycle of Connection”

We’re beginning our 2021-2022 pledge campaign as we come upon the anniversary of our congregation’s leap to virtual worship. While there have been challenges for many—changes, surely, for all of us!—there have been positive moments, too, which is why we’re giving the campaign the theme of “Celebrating the Cycle of Connection.”

Pledge team members are sharing thoughts during the Sunday service and you’ll be receiving a brochure about pledging shortly in the mail. Please give it your full thought and consideration … what you have to “celebrate” … where you are in your own “cycle” … and the “connections” to FUUBC that matter to you!

To allow a budget to be put together based on the pledges in time for May’s Congregational Meeting, it would be great to have all pledges in by the end of March.

Are you a Young Adult? (ages 18 to 30s) Do you know someone who’s a Y.A.?

Let me introduce you to Y.A.R.N. ! They are creating a community for UUYAs to get together, a small group ministry program, monthly worship series and leadership calls, CONlines, aka online conferences, Identity groups: Black UUYAs, Countering Oppressions. Y.A.R.N. is for UU young adults ages 18 to 30s in the United States and Canada.

You can find us on…

  • Website: uuyarn.org
  • Facebook: facebook.com/uuyarn
  • Twitter: @uuyarn
  • Instagram: @uuyarn
  • Discordemail yarn@uusf.org to request access
  • Email: yarn@uusf.org

Save the Dates: June 11, 12, 13 for our virtual FUUBC Jubilee training!

Do you wish to deepen your understanding of how race and ethnicity play out in our institutions and our daily lives? Are you ready to take a leading role to nurture a multicultural future in the face of opposing cultural currents? Come Join Us for this Life-Changing Weekend! Contact Jean Cocuzza for more details: jeancocuzza@yahoo.com

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

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

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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