• Opening to Joy

    From Sandra’s Study by Rev. Dr. Sandra Fees Even a wounded world is feeding us. Even a wounded world holds us, giving us moments of wonder and joy. I choose joy over despair. Not because I have my head in the sand, but because joy is what the earth gives me daily and I must return ...

  • To Hold and Make History Holy

    from Rev. Sandra’s Study The prophetic tasks of the church are to tell the truth in a society that lives in an illusion, grieve in a society that practices denial, and express hope in a society that lives in despair. Walter Brueggemann November marks a turning – a seasonal turning, a liturgical turning, and an emotional one. ...

  • Cultivating Relationships

    From Sandra’s Study, October 2021 What is it that gives you the power to make that change, to ask that question? What is it that says you have done well, that brings you to stillness, that holds you up in hard times? It is relationship, the beating heart of our faith. The Heart of Our Faith by Monica Jacobson-Tennessen Unitarian Universalism places relationship ...

  • Embracing Possibilities – Together

    There are lots of reasons I’m grateful to call Unitarian Universalism my spiritual home. One of them is that we have historically been people who looked around and saw potential. We saw the potential in each other, in community, in nature. We saw the potential for compassion, acceptance, religious diversity, equity, vulnerability, anti-racism, wonder, gratitude, ...

  • Celebration, Lament, Action – From Sandra’s Study

    Recently I heard a colleague describe the congregational work of the coming year as threefold: celebration, lament, action. For many of us, the arrival of summer and Pennsylvania’s reopening mean we have more freedom to gather with friends and family and to participate in activities we love. This time feels celebratory in so many ways. ...

  • Go Slowly, Hold Lightly

    Dear Members and Friends, I return to UU Berks from sabbatical rested, renewed, inspired – and missing you! I am eager to reconnect and looking forward to gatherings and conversations, hearing your stories and discovering what is on your hearts and minds. If you’re wondering “What I Did on My Sabbatical,” don’t miss Sunday’s service, which ...

  • From Sandra’s Study

    January 2021 – Rev. Dr. Sandra Fees As we begin 2021, I’ll be on sabbatical. It’s an interesting time to take a sabbatical. I’ve been spending time thinking about these coming months and how to spend this time in ways that provide spiritual, emotional, and intellectual renewal. I’m looking forward to some simple pleasures – like ...

  • The Stillness of Winter

    From Rev. Sandra’s Study – December 2020 We all know this has been a hard year in so many ways. Our spirits are a bit frayed. So as we enter this season of light, I wish for each of you the renewal of hope. This is what the winter holy days promise. I offer you ...

  • From Rev. Sandra’s Study: Healing

    November 2020 Rarely, if ever, are any of us healed in isolation. Healing is an act of communion. bell hooks The month of November is marked by the confluence of holy times devoted to death: All Saints Day, All Souls Day, Samhain, Halloween, and Dia de Los Muertos. These holidays honor death and those who have died, and ...

  • Deep Listening

    One of my patients told me that when she tried to tell her story people often interrupted her to tell her that they once had something just like that happen to them. Subtly her pain became a story about themselves.  Eventually she stopped talking to most people. It was just too lonely. Rachel Naomi Remen What a ...