Univoice Weekly

Weekly News for the week of:
August 21, 2022
This Sunday:

Acknowledging the Oddness and Opportunity in Coming Back Together

August 21, 2022 at 10:30 am

In this service we will take a sincere and good-humored look at change over time.  We will think about how we have changed and how these changes afford us openings to acknowledge what is different, and to find the wonderful space within us for new relationships and growth.

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: 921 4271 5512# 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.


7:00 PM:

  • For the Summer we’re revisiting stories from the past year: 

  • From Our SoulMatters Team: 

  • For this week’s story reminds us that sometimes it takes a bit of looking before we notice the hidden possibilities in life.
  • Rou and the Great Race words and pictures by Pam Fong Read Aloud on PBS  ThriftBooks Link


9:45 AM :Adult RE 
  • In Person: in back of chalice house

  • Summer RE our Principle and Sources series – this week we’ll explore our 6th source in conversation. [soulful home packet]

  • 6th Source: Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

  • Onsite Only 

9:45 AM: Children’s RE  

Elementary Ages:  Onsite, email Ebee Bromley by Saturday noon if you’ll be attending online

  • On site: in office meeting room (room off Gerber room) * teens may help, let us know you’ll be coming
  • RE Hangout – Every Night is Pizza Night! Or in our case Pizza Morning – today we get to explore the sacred practice of making and sharing food together 🙂 

10:30- Worship Service- All Ages

We explore the wonderful space between how we were and how we are now.

Monday – Thursday  Weekly posts on our covenanted RE Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/UUBerks.RE.page/?ref=share check out our Remind classroom. If you need to signup link here: remind.com/join/refuucbc

RE Registration for 2022-2023

Registration is open now for our program year. We have some exciting things planned and look forward to what will emerge as we seek, nurture and serve together this year! To let us know how you plan to engage with our programs this year please visit. https://uuberks.org/Registration.

Registered families will receive occasional mailings including birthday cards from the church, invitations to events, seasonal updates on what we’re programming together this year.

Our offerings  depend on the congregation and on participating families to happen. If you want to be part of shaping programming or can lend a hand to help make them happen, please email Ebee: director.religious.education@uuberks.org

Fall 2022 Within Registration! Click Here!
Fall 2022 Within Registration! Click Here!

There’s still time to join us for Beloved Conversations Virtual: Within Fall Term!

There is still time to get registered for the Fall Term of Within! Complete your registration and use the Early Bird Discount coupon code by August 12th to receive 10% off your registration for our Within program. See below for more details and head to our website to learn more! www.meadville.edu/beloved

Important Dates 

Please note that the dates below could be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

  • Registration Closes: August 26, 2022
  • Program Begins / First Lesson is published: September 12, 2022
  • Fall Term 2022 Meaning Making Session Dates: TO BE ANNOUNCED

Cost: $250 USD per person (lay folks and religious professionals). White folks and anyone with economic privileges/ample professional expenses will be encouraged to pay more. Full and partial scholarships are plentiful and easily accessible!

*No one will be turned away for a lack of funds. Please email JeKaren at belovedconversations@meadville.edu to request a full or half scholarship. Learn more about the Within program and register HERE!
Green Sanctuary 2030

Do you know anything about solar panels? How about HVAC heat pump systems? Have you heard about the UUA’s Green Sanctuary 2030 program? From their website:

The climate-change crisis with Global Warming is the existential threat to the human species and the web of life. It is the urgent, overarching survival and justice issue of our time, calling  us to impactful action now. In an era in which the call to dismantle racism could not be more clear, and when the COVID 19 pandemic stunningly highlights that systemic racism is inextricably bound (PDF) to climate degradation and injustice, Unitarian Universalist

Faithful Response calls us to bring our individual and collective gifts together to act with bold, inspiring, collaborative, networked, and effective leadership to ensure a livable world for all descendants and create climate justice with those who are systematically oppressed.

Solar power has been an ongoing interest of the Building Keepers for a few years. With our church’s strong commitment to environmental and social responsibility, we at FUUBC want to do our part. The Building Keepers are looking for volunteers to help with a temporary ad hoc Solar Subcommittee to evaluate (1) adding solar panels on the church buildings and (2) upgrading our natural gas heating systems to electric heat pumps.  To do this, we will have a series of meetings (both in-person and/or virtual) to evaluate the different proposals from solar/HVAC companies and then prepare a final proposal to take to the M&O Team for final acceptance. Contact Frank Wilder at frank.wilder@uuberks.org if you are interested.

Building Keepers Update

We would like to put out a BIG THANK YOU to Building Keepers Greg D., Dave W. and Frank W. for all their work on the new shelves in the kitchen utility closet. They removed the old metal shelves and installed permanent shelves with space underneath for the vacuum cleaner, rug cleaner and mop bucket. If you get a chance on a Sunday morning, you should ask Erin Connolly, our Sexton & Sunday morning RE Assistant, for a tour.

Do you enjoy building shelves? How about plumbing and painting?  The Building Keepers are looking for new members. Send an email to office@uuberks.org for additional information.

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.



Effective June 1, 2022 until further notice 

Given the evolving nature of the pandemic, the FUUBC Board will be making ongoing evaluations on a regular basis. We are using available metrics from:

FULL VACCINATION STRONGLY RECOMMENDED: FUUBC strongly encourages all those who can be vaccinated to be vaccinated, including boosters as appropriate. The church will be requiring proof of vaccination for the Minister, staff, guest speakers, and all RE volunteers.

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



In gathering together, we promise to:

  1. Wear masks when recommended by CDC guidelines.
  2. Do not attend in person gatherings if you are not feeling well or if you have been directly exposed to Covid-19.
  3. Gain consent before touching or hugging others. Be mindful of varying levels of comfort and safety with social distancing when approaching others.
  4. Find ways to be inclusive of individuals who cannot be vaccinated, who may be immunocompromised, or who have hearing impairments.
  5. Prioritize the safety of the whole community over our own individual sense of what is safe for ourselves.
  6. Give and accept reminders of these ground rules gracefully.
  7. Assume good intentions, but also accept that policies and these ground rules will guide our actions.
  8. Respect the authority of the people making policies.

* 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.

Songs for the Journey

Last week, I attended the Association for Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries Conference and Song leaders Convergence. It was restorative, regenerative, and reinvigorating. There will be many ways I’ll be sharing what I learned and relearned over the course of those six days with you this year. For now, I’m going to share three poems and song texts that were sung into the shared spaces of the conference. Do you know their melodies? Do ones of your own making spring up for you?

What We Need Is Here (x2)

  • Music That Makes Community

A Dedication

As for me and my house,

You will find us serving *truth,

*truth for all right now

* truth, peace, love, justice …..

  • By Lea Morris

Wanderer (english translation, dedicated to Mark Freundt, retired music director from UU Church of Greensboro)


There is no road

We make the road

as we go

  • Antonio Machado

I’m Not Alone

I’m not alone (x8)

I forgot for a minute who I belonged to

The mama earth, the wind + rain, the beauty + pain

I’m not alone

For me the world was created

I’m not alone

To dust I will return

  • Aly Halpert from album Loosen & Anat Hochberg

here now

by nadine j. smet- weiss

spiritual director 

we are here now

on the threshold

of a new beginning

who we have been

informing our future

yet not determining

who we become

if we can

meet each moment

with this wisdom

and awake to

our deepest desires

we will become

the change

we imagine


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