Univoice Weekly

Weekly News for the week of:
July 10, 2022

This Sunday:

Please join us for a service is presented by DRUUMM (Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries) and is open to all.  It will feature Rev. Tyler Coles as Guest Preacher and Dr. Zanaida Robles as Musical Artist.  

Faith can be both a guiding light and sustaining force throughout the course of one’s life.  In a world that is all too cruel and harsh, faith can be twisted, becoming instead a tool that fosters both isolation and a sense of underwhelm.   What do we do when this happens for us as Unitarian Universalists?  Come, let us gather in the fortifying spirit of love made known in community as we re-member ourselves, for ourselves, in the presence of all that we choose to name as Holy.

To attend on siteFULL VACCINATION STRONGLY RECOMMENDED: FUUBC strongly encourages all those who can be vaccinated to be vaccinated, including boosters as appropriate.  

MASKING RECOMMENDED: FUUBC strongly encourages attendees at worship services and other large gatherings to wear masks.

To attend by Zoom, click on this link: uuberks.org/zoom-worship. (If this is 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 arrive or log on by 10:20-10:25 am to enjoy the gathering music, and, for those on zoom, to establish a connection before worship is scheduled begins. Zoom participant mics are muted throughout the service.





Tonight – FRIDAY

7:00 PM:

  • For the Summer we’re revisiting stories from the past year –  Our SoulMatters Team: ““Here’s a story that explores and celebrates the blessings of an imaginary friend. Frida was a lonely child after she got polio and had to stay by herself for months. But she met an imaginary friend who helped her get well and be happy. Frida Kahlo grew up to become a world-famous artist and used her imaginary friend in some of her art.”
  • Little Frida by Anthony Browne Read Aloud Link & Berks Library Catalog link


9:45 AM :Adult RE 

  • In Person: in 1st floor chalice house

  • Summer Principle and Sources series – this week we’ll explore our 2nd principle & source with Be Young & Ginny Chudgar. We will explore with a time of reflection and community. [soulful home packet]

  • 2nd Principle: We believe that all people should be treated fairly and kindly.

  • 2nd Source: people from long ago and today — people whose lives remind us to be kind and fair.

  • Onsite Only 

9:45 AM: Children’s RE  

Elementary Ages:  Onsite and Online, email director.religious.education@uuberks.org by Saturday noon if you’ll be attending online

  • On site: (* teens may help, let us know you’ll be coming), Online available.  With Ms Corinne & Ms Erin 
  • RE Hangout – We’ll be moving and exploring our surroundings through some Yoga time this morning.

  •  link sent via Remind 1 hour before class.  If you need access please email Erin (epcjjc@gmail.com)

10:30- Worship Service- All Ages

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



Volunteers Needed For Pridefest


Pridefest is just around the corner on July 17th! We are in need of volunteers to help with setup and clean up as well as sit at the First UU table and give out treats and pamphlets. This year Pridefest has moved to Jim Dietrich Park making for much easier parking.
The park is located at 4899 Stoudts Ferry Bridge rd, Reading, PA 19605

Please sign up to help ASAP so we can make this the best Pridefest yet!





A note from the UU Berks IT Services Team:
As you know, a lot of things will be changing in August.  We want to remind everyone that on August 1st, all emails sent to minister@uuberks.org will be going to Reverend Amy DeBeck. If you want to send Rev. Dr. Sandra Fees a message, you can use this address through the end of the July. If you have any questions, please let us know by sending an email to g.it.services@uuberks.org.



Anti-Racism Action of the Week


The recent Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade will adversely affect the livelihoods of many American women, but will have particularly destructive impacts on Black women, as discussed by Farai Chideya. The July 4th holiday has just passed, but let’s remember that the ideals of dignity, freedom, and equality have not been fully realized, as the recitation of Frederick Douglass’ Fourth of July speech by his descendants reminds us.  (Jeff Kowalski)



We are currently looking for anyone who is interested in volunteering to be a Greeter and when the time comes- to be an Usher.  This is a great way to get to know your fellow members or get to know them better    And of course- being of service can provide comfort to you and others!!

Currently we have a group of  approx 10 of us that rotate and fill in when we can but if we can get another 10 volunteers- then this will mean you would be a greeter every 6 -8 weeks and provides back up for our busy summer months. 

We like to have two greeters at each service & when RE sessions are occurring on Sunday’s- one greeter arrives at 9:40 to greet those arriving for RE at 9:45 & the 2nd greeter arrives at 10 am to be available for those attending the Sunday service.

Please take time to consider this and please contact me, Joanne Koehler at jkbluesky@icloud.com or my cell 610-914-8827 if you are interested or have any questions.


* adapted from Ground Rules by Carol Gay, UU Congregation of Cleveland

Update on Parking Options
  • Free parking is available on Sundays on the street and in the library parking lot.
  • The parking garage across the street (4th and Cherry streets) has changed to a pay by app system. The app is called ParkMobile. It can be downloaded in the apple store or on the google play app. At this time we are unable  to offer discounted parking vouchers.
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.

Be More

by Nadine J. Smet-Weiss
Spiritual Director

do less
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