Univoice Weekly

Weekly News for the week of:
April 25, 2021

This Sunday:

Becoming More Comfortable with Change

April 25, 2021 at 10:30 am

Change is hard and inevitable. Join us this Sunday as we consider how change helps us to become our best selves.

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 The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson (author) and Rafael López (illustrator).


 9:00 AM

  • Growing Anti-Racist Unitarian Universalists (lower elementary) Jayné (UUBerks) and Marian (UUCL) facilitate our fifth class.                                           
  • email director.religious.education@uuberks.org for more information.
  • pre-registered class;
  • This week’s topic makes lower elementary kids aware that negative or harmful attitudes have resulted in unfairness, frequently based only on shades of skin.  The principle of “belief in our ideas and acting on them” through justice is highlighted.

9:45 AM

  • Seeds, Sprouts and Saplings (elementary ages): in RE Hangout Zoom Room
  • Making Hopeful Predictions (What does it mean to be an imaginator?): In the past year we’ve experienced had lots of opportunities to get curious!  Come to hang out and play some games this morning!!
  • The theme of Becoming invites us to think of the future. Who are we becoming as we grow up? as Unitarian Universalists? It’s normal for human beings to want to control and know their future, and yet we can only control the future so much. Sometimes the answer will be hazy, and we have to trust. So, what’s one of the ways our faith guides us into being a people of Becoming? It tells us “Predict the future as best you can but be open and trust what unfolds.”
  • link sent via Remind 1 hour before class.  If you need access please email Erin (epcjjc@gmail.com)

10:30 AM 

  • For All: We’ll explore how change can help us and how we can make big changes from our small actions moving in the same direction. 
  • Coloring Sheet: “Caterpillar to Butterfly coloring page UU resources at large
  • 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): Working on practicing what you’re contributing to our May worship.  If you are a visitor – email director.religious.education@uuberks.org for more information.

1 pm 

  • Growing Anti-Racist UUs (upper elementary): Michelle (UUCL) and Ginny (UUBerks) facilitate our fifth class
  • email director.religious.education@uuberks.org for more information.
  • This week’s topic makes upper elementary kids aware of the history of racial segregation by exploring the green book and empathize with African American families traveling in the Jim Crow period.

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

Youth Group Needs Your Help… and Some Good News!

Youth Service 2021 is coming soon! This year’s service is all about the good, the great, the positive, the fun, the uplifting… and we want to hear some of it from you!
In 2020 some of us fell in love with Some Good News, a weekly web series all about people celebrating the good things happening, and we are creating our own version: Some Good NUUws.

To help, please send us your videos, photos, or emails of any “good news” in your life. It might be a lost tooth, it might be an award, a promotion, a new puppy, even just a beautiful day outside. Nothing is too small. If it made you smile, if it made you happy, if it made you feel good, we want to hear about it so we can celebrate with you!

You can film a video or take photos with your phone and text them to 484-269-0880, or you can email kaifawn@gmail.com, using the subject “My Good News.” Our deadline is Friday, April 25. For a little inspiration, you can visit the Some Good News YouTube channel here (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOe_y6KKvS3PdIfb9q9pGug) or the Instagram page here (https://www.instagram.com/somegoodnews/)

Enjoy the latest copy of the Universalist Herald HERE

Delegates Needed for Virtual GA

Are you planning on attending this year’s virtual General Assembly? Consider being a delegate for our congregation. Delegates participate in workshops, and worship services and share what they have learned with our community. If you are interested in being a delegate please contact Board President Lynn O’Brien at  lynnmobrien@comcast.net

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!

Weekend activities: The training includes presentations, discussions, videos, exercises, and small group work. This 2 ½ day workshop is open to anyone who wants to journey toward making a stand against racism. Church members and church leaders of any faith, as well as non-church members are all welcome!

Our goals are:

  • To develop a shared analysis of racism and its individual, institutional, and cultural manifestations, and
  • To begin to apply this common understanding to the history, culture, and institutional structure of our society, and to envision the next steps in taking action.

Agenda topics include:

  • The history of racism and resistance to racism in the Americas
  • Defining racism
  • The effects of racism on people of color and on white people
  • Dismantling racism
  • Claiming and shaping an anti-racist identity

Trainers are Paula Cole Jones, Dr Leon Spencer and Lutricia Callair.

Questions:Contact Jean Cocuzza : jeancocuzza@yahoo.com ;
for more info and to register visit link below:

Partial scholarships available contact treasurer@uuberks.org to apply.

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.

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

Have you heard about Zoombombing?

We were hit at one of our public meetings a few months ago. It was nasty and we ended up having to close the meeting.  Our community needs your help to prevent this from happening again in the future. We are pretty well protected against Zoombombing at our Sunday worship services, but less so at our public meetings like ADORE and Contemplative Companions. We are looking for volunteers that regularly attend these kinds of public meetings to help with security.

Basically, you will be elevated to a co-host role and have the ability to mute and remove disruptive participants if needed. It is very similar to what happens during our Christmas Eve service when we ask for volunteers to be in charge of fire extinguishers: we show them where the nearest extinguisher is and how to use it, in the case of an emergency.

We have a self-guided Google Slides presentation that goes over all the tools and some possible Zoombombing scenarios with solutions. The team is looking for volunteers to go through the presentation on their own and then attend a short 15 minute practice session to try out the tools. If you are interested in helping or have a question, please contact UUBerks IT Services at g.it.services@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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