• 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 ...

  • A People of Renewal

    Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman For Unitarian Universalists, September is a time of homecoming. It’s a time of coming home to church and renewing ourselves and ...

  • Rev. Sandra’s June Schedule & Availability

    Dear Members and Friends, I will be attending Ministry Days and General Assembly events and programming (virtually) from June 16 through June 28. During Ministry Days for UU clergy, I will be serving on a Covenant Relations Team requiring 15 dedicated hours of service in addition to the other core programming I’ll be attending. Following Ministry ...

  • Virtual Celebration of Life for Roma Greth – June 20

    A Celebration of Life Service will be held for Roma Greth on the Summer Solstice, Saturday, June 20 at 10:30 am. Roma was a long-time church member who was a welcoming spirit who loved animals and people. Her creativity is evident in the plays she wrote and produced. Please join in honoring her beautiful life. ...

  • Just Call It a Protest – Plus a Week of Action

    Dear Members and Friends, Tuesday night I joined the UUA Prayer Vigil. (watch it here.) One of the speakers urged us to stop using the term “Peaceful Protests.” Instead, they said, just call them protests. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar makes a similar point, advising a “rush to justice” rather than judgment. You can read his LA Times op-ed, ...