“Family of choice” is how most of us grow our own friend circles so that we are not alone. When friends come together to carry out old traditions, make new ones, and blend those family ties with bonds of friendship, we’ve got “friends giving thanks” for those life-sustaining relationships. Come for the service and stay for a potluck after. (Bring something to share if you can. Your presence is more important than your food offering; do not stay away simply because your presence is what you brought!)
Come and share a ritual wherein we bring in the breads of our families, our childhoods, our heritage, to share in a bread communion. Show up this morning with bread that you make or buy around this time of year and be prepared to say a few words about it. Then enjoy the bounty after the service.
Contracts and covenants are all around us, both by being implicit, like social constructs, or explicit, like those which get discussed and written together, like church covenants. When we know what to expect, we function better; let’s look at how spelling it out ahead of time makes us feel more free, not less free.
It is said that voting is a civic sacrament. On this last Sunday before Election Day we will review and lift up the importance of voting and democracy in our religion, all while practicing the Real Rules.
Our member, Cesar Martinez-Garza, shares with us and invites us into this meaningful Mexican celebration of honoring those we have lost. We invite you to bring pictures of loved ones that have passed to adorn our ofrenda. It is also Halloween weekend (the 2 are not the same) and so children and young at heart are encouraged to wear costumes during the service.
It takes all kinds of courage to be brave. The kind that makes you take action, the kind that leads you to change, and the kind that means you have to wait. The waiting kind can often be the hardest. Join guest speaker Paula Gribble for an exploration of these different kinds of courage, along with the powerful story of one of our Universalist forebears, Thomas Potter.
Congregational life encompasses many ways for people to feel safe; emotionally, spiritually, our mental health, and more. Today, during Fire Prevention month, we address the importance of us feeling physically safe in our spiritual home.
Did you know that UU Berks is one of 6 historically Universalist PA congregations that meet every year to keep that spirit alive? The PA Universalist Convention has been held since 1831 and was revitalized in the 1970’s. Come and learn about, or be reminded of, this piece of our history and our current practice.
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is considered the most important holiday in Jewish faith. This day marks the peak of the 10 Days of Awe. Join us as we explore the lessons of Yom Kippur.
Rev. Amy shares some pagan spirituality as we turn the star wheel toward Autumn and the Coming Winter. Mabon concentrates on the balance between light and dark at this time of year, leading us to the days of Samhain and the second harvest, when the earth becomes dark again. Let us celebrate the fading light together.