Univoice Weekly

Weekly News for the week of:
April 4, 2021

This Sunday:

Flower Communion

April 4, 2021 at 10:30 am

The majority of 2020 was much like the Christian holy days of Good Friday and Holy Saturday: isolated, disconnected, even entombed. Join us this Sunday as we celebrate our sacred ritual of Flower Communion and the many ways we have grown in the past year.

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 sharing a story of a multicultural, interfaith experience about Easter, Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco (Author and Illustrator)


9:45 AM

  • Seeds, Sprouts and Saplings (elementary ages): in RE Hangout Zoom Room
  • Commitment to Curiosity!: In class we’ll play an imagination game and share with one another.
  • When we think about becoming, we often think first of growing, of becoming more and more. But becoming isn’t always about expanding and adding alone. Much of the time it requires a letting go before we can let in. And since this weekend is also the weekend when our Christian friends celebrate Easter, we will use the frame of letting go and letting in to explore that old story anew. With all this in mind, what’s one of the ways our faith guides us in the work of leaning into a people of Becoming? It reminds us that becoming requires some letting go so we can let in the new!”
  • 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 we’ll be celebrating Easter and Flower Communion.  It will be a fun and colorful morning.
    • 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): Next class on 4/18.  Keep working on dreaming up what you would like to contribute to our May worship.  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

Yes, Virginia, There is an Easter Bunny!

Good news, everybody! The Easter Bunny has just emailed me. He has asked me to pass along this message to all of you…

Hello UU Friend! It’s me, the Easter Bunny. I know you’ve probably been wondering what I’ve been doing with myself this year, since it isn’t safe for us to be meeting indoors or in large crowds. But, I promise you, I’ve been quite busy. I’ve been traveling all around the world, stopping wherever Easter is celebrated, and greeting people from afar. See me, in that picture?

Oh!  And, also, I’ve been coordinating with a number of UU congregations – including your own – to bring you a Virtual Easter Egg Hunt!

The UU Virtual Easter Egg Hunt 2021 will go live Saturday, April 3, 2021 – the day before Easter – and remain active throughout April. This way, you can spend the whole month exploring the UU net (did you know a UU actually invented the World Wide Web?)!

The hunt begins here: https://tinyurl.com/z1p2mwqv

Until we meet again, Hoppy Easter!

The Easter Bunny

Contemplative Companions – April 2021

Join us on Monday April 5th, @ 7:00pm when we gather to enter into the heart of Spring. Contact Jane Rohrbach (windowsjmr@comcast.net) or Nadine Smet-Weiss (njw1258@hotmail.com ) for further information; contact Nadine to receive the zoom link for this gathering.

Adore Listening Cafe

 On April 11th at noon, our ADORE team will continue to consider the role of capitalism in supporting  racism, invoking the wisdom of Ibram Kendi, and our own FUUBC community.

Friends and members are invited to participate in this ADORE (A Dialog on Race and Ethnicity) discussion and encouraged to invite others to join in the dialog.

If you would like the Zoom meeting link, have questions or issues logging in please contact g.adore@uuberks.org

Proposed By Laws Changes

After more than a year of living into our shared governance model, the Board of Directors and the Bylaws Review Team would like to propose a few needed adjustments to the Bylaws.  These adjustments can be found here –  https://uuberks.org/draft-bylaws Please note that sections that will be struck from the Bylaws have a strikethrough text and are marked in blue. The new wording is written in red.

If you have any questions about these changes, you are welcome to come to a Bylaws Zoom Meeting after church on Sunday, April 18 at 11:30 where we will explain the rational for the changes.  If you cannot attend the meeting and have questions, feel free to reach out to me directly.

Lynn O’Brien, Board President (lynnmobrien@comcast.net)

Do you need help finding a COVID-19 Vaccination appointments?

First, are you currently eligible to receive the vaccine? If you don’t know, check this page. If you are eligible, supplies are limited so it can be difficult to schedule an appointment.

We want to make it easier for those having problems. If you’re interested you can go here to register or you can call 484-925-1684. You will be contacted by a team member. (To register for the vaccine note that some sites require the patient’s name, D.O.B, address, and phone number.)

Do you want to be part of a team from church to help members find vaccine appointments? We are looking for volunteers to help make appointments and those that need help. If you have access to a computer, you can go here to register or you can call 484-925-1684 (leave a message with your name and phone number). We will hold brief training/best practices sessions beforehand.

Gardening with Family Promise

In the past year, we have listened to many who have asked for opportunities to engage with the clients experiencing homelessness. Family Promise is happy to announce that we are planning an Earth Day of community service on April 17th, from 10:00am-12:00pm at our Meade Street apartment shelter. 

Our goal is to plant seeds and flowers to spruce up the backyard and provide access to fresh fruits and vegetables for clients staying in our shelter. We are also interested in planting a butterfly garden to register with the state conservation department. During this day, our clients will be on site working alongside those who register for this event. Face masks will be worn when within 6 feet of others, and there will be a capacity of 25 people to this event. It is not open to the public and is solely for partner congregation members who want to engage with current clients. We will have a special guest from the Venom Institute, Mr. Rudy Arceo, who will be doing an educational workshop for the children in the program. He will also be helping me plan out the necessary plants and flowers for the butterfly garden, since this is also a specialty of his. . We would love those with gardening experience to grace us with their presence!

Please let Carla know ASAP at family.promise@uuberks.org if you are interested in attending or donating to this project.

“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.

Pledge Brochure

OWL: Parents & Caregivers as Sexuality Educators

Unitarian Universalists of the Cumberland Valley (near Dickinson College in Boiling Springs PA) have graciously invited us to join in their zoom small group learning. Their Director of Lifespan Faith Development will be co-facilitating the course with a parent from their congregation who completed Adult OWL training last year. Many congregations are offering this program as a way to continue support of healthy sexuality education while we are social distancing/online. To look into the curriculum visit www.uua.org/families/sexuality-educators or hear from the curriculum developer herself https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6A55wgm750

Is this something that interests you? Let your Director of Religious Education know! director.religious.education@uuberks.org


UUJusticePA Economic Justice Team presents:
The Road to the Racial Wealth Gap Begins With Inequitable PA School Funding
(and what we are doing about it).

Public Citzens for Children and Youth:  Tomea Sippo Smith, Education Policy Director
Pa Education Law Center:  Maura McInerney, Legal Director
Education Voters:  Susan Spicka, Executive Director

  Join us on April 15th from 7 – 8:30 pm.


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
Registration coming soon!

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

What are you awakening?

From the desk of your Director of Religious Education: 

We start this month of Becoming off with Easter and each year it is a blessing to hear our trumpeters resound this joyous holiday.  As I grew up in the Unitarian Universalist faith, I always knew the Easter Hymn with Unitarian Transcendentalist, Samuel Longfellow’s, words “Lo, the Earth Awakes Again.”  Those of us who grew up in more Christian surroundings might know the tune as “Jesus Christ is Risen today, Hallelujah”

In our hymnal Singing the Living Tradition (SLT or the grey hymnal), published in 1993, it’s found in the topic section SPRING hymn #61.  Before it we find tunes with words from Harlem Renaissance poet, Langston Hughes, “In Time of Silver Rain.”  After it we find UU hymn writer Carl Seaburg, #62 “When the Daffodils Arrive”.

The hymnal preceding our grey hymnal was Hymns for the Celebration of Life and was published in 1964. This is where the Longfellow text was revised by the hymnal editors to fit the tune Easter Hymn.  The tune itself can be traced back to John Arnold’s Compleat Psalmodist, second edition in 1749.  This song has had a long history of becoming what we need it to be.  In this long winter, what have you discovered, what have you needed, what have you become? What are you awakening to?



by nadine j. smet-weiss

spiritual director

by nadine j. smet-weiss

spiritual director


graces my


for now

attending to

my comings

and my goings


my connection to

all that i come from

all that i am

all that I am becoming

day by day

moment by moment

breath by breath






letting go






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