Welcome to UUBerks
Unitarian Universalist (UUs) believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and seek to create a world where all people are treated with respect, compassion, and justice. UUs draw from many sources, including science, reason, art, literature, and various religious traditions, in their search for truth and meaning. We believe in the free and responsible search for truth and meaning, and often emphasize the importance of personal experience and conscience in matters of faith. We prioritize social justice work, community building, and intellectual exploration. UUBerks has an active religious education program for both children and adults before services on Sundays at 10:30 AM.
About Our Beliefs
In Unitarian Universalism, you can bring your whole self: your full identity, your questioning mind, your expansive heart.
Together, we create a force more powerful than one person or one belief system. As Unitarian Universalists, we do not have to check our personal background and beliefs at the door: we join together on a journey that honors everywhere we’ve been before.
Our beliefs are diverse and inclusive. We have no shared creed. Our shared covenant (our seven Principles) supports “the free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” Though Unitarianism and Universalism were both liberal Christian traditions, this responsible search has led us to an inclusive spirituality drawn from six sources: from scriptural wisdom to personal experience to modern day heroes.
Unitarian Universalists believe more than one thing. We think for ourselves, and reflect together, about important questions:
- The existence of a Higher Power
- Life and Death
- Sacred Texts
- Inspiration and Guidance
- Prayer and Spiritual Practices
We are united in our broad and inclusive outlook, and in our values, as expressed in our seven Principles. We are united in shared experience: our open and stirring worship services, religious education, and rites of passage; our work for social justice; our quest to include the marginalized; our expressions of love.
More About Our Principles
Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote seven Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides.
As Rev. Barbara Wells ten Hove explains, “The Principles are not dogma or doctrine, but rather a guide for those of us who choose to join and participate in Unitarian Universalist religious communities.” They are:
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
- A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
We live out these Principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience:
- Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
- Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
- Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
- Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
- Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
- 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.
These seven Principles and six Sources of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) grew out of the grassroots of our tradition, were affirmed democratically, and are part of who we are. Read them as they are written in the UUA Bylaws.
If you would like to learn more about our faith, you can watch a recording of a past service or come join us at a future service on Sundays at 10:30AM. All are welcomed.
Feel free to download, print and share photos.
Other Photo Album links:
- 2023 Reading Pride Festival at Jim Dietrich.
- 2023 Reading Pride March & Rally at City Park
- 2023 Reading Earth Day Celebration at City Park
- 2022 Out in the Park Photos at FirstEnergy Stadium
- 2022 Reading Pride Celebration Photos at Jim Dietrich Park
- Photos from the 2022 Reading Earth Day celebration at City Park
- 2021 Reading Pride Celebration Photo Album at Centre Park
- 2019 Reading Pride Celebration Photo Album at Centre Park