Univoice Weekly

Weekly News for the week of:
December 25, 2022

This Sunday:

A New Day

December 25, 2022 at 10:30 am

Many UU ministers put together a service for our congregations to enjoy this morning.  This special service will be pre-recorded and not bound by schedule, available to view any time here

Merry Christmas!

Order of Service

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.

See Soulful home mailer for those that have subscribed. To subscribe to the soulful home mailer register here. (Soulful sign up at end of RE registration)

Solar Team Update

Mike M. from the Solar Team presented an update on the project during the Congregational Meeting on Sunday, December 11th. It was generally well received. In keeping with the presentation, we would like to offer follow up detailed presentations and discussions. Please indicate by means of this poll which dates you are available to participate.  The poll will close December 31st

Call or write to President Biden to demand the women in Berks be released, not transferred!

We demand that those women currently detained be released and for the center to be repurposed into a space that can provide services to the surrounding community. No transfers to new prisons!
Call or send a letter to President Biden and ICE

  • Call the White House switchboard at 202-456-1111
    (11 am – 3 pm Tues-Thurs).
  • Call Regional ICE Director Dave O’Neill at 215-656-7164.
  • Call to leave a message for DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas 202-282-849

Sample script:
The closing of the Berks County Detention Center is a victory for immigrants, the Berks community and Pennsylvania. This is wonderful news, but we need to ensure those currently detained are released. Do not transfer these women to other prisons. Make sure they are freed.

Service Auction 2023 Update

This is not a joke: mark your calendars now, we have a date for the 2023 Service Auction: April Fool’s Day (Saturday, April 1st, 2023).  This year’s theme will be Here Comes the Sun  … I think it has something to do with the solar panels we are trying to add to our roof.  We are still working out all the details and we will be sharing them with you as they are finalized.  The Service Auction Team is looking for volunteers to help with the auction, watch for the sign up in the Univoice after the New Year.

The Service Auction Team

Food Bank Coat Drive

The Food Bank team has been handing out gently used jackets and winter coats at our monthly Food Bank days. Our next Food Bank day is on Saturday, Dec. 17th. If you have a jacket, coat or winter gloves at home that you are not using any more, please consider donating them to the Food Bank We have a collection box just outside the Food Bank storage room. If you have any questions, please contact Frank Wilder. Thank you.

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.

In the Interim:Wondering about Wonder

Being a wordsmith, I think about those subtleties of word choice often. This
month’s theme is “wonder,” and so I have been, well, wondering about it.

Wonder, like, I wonder what will happen or I wonder what is in there…..Certainly,
wonder is about curiosity or thinking about the unknown. But it seems to hold
positivity for expectation of a good discovery, more than fear of the outcome.

There is a double-meaning wish that people share, with the potential for good or
bad intention, “May you live in interesting times.” The word “awesome” is like
that, too. Although we usually exclaim “Awesome!” when we see something very
pleasing, it does have another connotation, too. The awesome power of nature is
what propels mud down a mountain in a mudslide, destroying everything in its
path. “Awesome” and “Interesting” could mean good or bad.

Wonder has a vast feel to it. The wonder of it all when the air is crisp and
snowflakes are falling, or at the beach with the sun shining and the waves crashing.
Everything feels huge and we feel so small, but we are so happy to be
there…..wonder is how we relate to the vastness of the universe.

A medical wonder is somebody who beat the bad odds to have a positive outcome.
A sense of wonder is what we feel at the inexplicable hugeness of our world.
When we wonder about something, it has a hopefulness to it. For instance, fretting
is not full of wonder, we do not typically worry and wonder, we worry and fret.
But when we encounter something or somebody or a thought we have not
encountered before, it might be with a sense of wonder that we marvel at this thing.

Wonder has a little bit of magic to it. I approach worship services with a sense of
wonder. Even though it is ritual. And many people have carefully planned what to
say and do and sing. The overall collective result of assembling people together
for a moment, so that we may think about something larger than ourselves, is
always a wonder. There is a specialness of us being together, but it is also bigger
than us, too.

This December, may you experience wonder frequently. Interesting is fine, and
some things are truly awesome. But when you encounter new ideas or things, may
you approach them with a sense of wonder, aware of the vastness of this life, and
the wonder-full expectations for good outcomes.

In peace with love,

Rev. Amy

An Opener for Wonder

If you’re having a hard time tapping into your wonder place this month, try singing to yourself this tune, turning to something ordinary nearby and ask a question about it.

The melody is a Transylvanian folk tune, the lyrics are by Carl Seaburg, long time UU minister, scholar, writer, and long-serving staff member at the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Find a stillness, hold a stillness, let the stillness carry me.
Find the silence, hold the silence, let the silence carry me.
In the spirit, by the spirit, with the spirit giving power,
I will find true harmony.

Seek the essence, hold the essence, let the essence carry me.
Let me flower, help me flower, watch me flower, carry me.
In the spirit, by the spirit, with the spirit giving power,
I will find true harmony.

Yours in Song and Love,

Ebee Bromley

a wonder

nadine j. smet-weiss

spiritual director


the ordinary


your own






at play

this moment

a wonder

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