Lighting the Chalice: Sermons from the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berks County
Why Talk About Class?

Why Talk About Class?

February 2, 2020

When asked about their class background, most people in the United States describe themselves as middle class. Doctors, hourly workers, Ivy League graduates alike do this. Yet our different backgrounds offer different points of view and reference, and among UUs we are often reluctant to share or acknowledge these differences. Today we’ll share stories of class as a way to make space for more ways of being in our faith community.

The 8th Principle

The 8th Principle

January 19, 2020

Unitarian Universalist has 7 beloved principles that guide our ethical and spiritual commitments. The 7 principles, however, have not adequately dismantled racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions. This morning in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, we’ll explore a proposed 8th principle and consider how it would help us build a diverse and multicultural Beloved Community.

The Paradox of Self-Interest

The Paradox of Self-Interest

January 5, 2020

Jane Palmer, Worship Associate

2020 will not be an easy year. We need to maintain our sanity, our courage, and our compassion, and we need to do so in a manner consistent with our moral principles. With integrity, in other words. Paradoxically, our strength lies in that most-maligned of all interests, self-interest. We are at our most powerful when we find our own stories in those of others and realize we have a stake in the game.

Opening to Awe

Opening to Awe

December 8, 2019

This morning we reflect on the way religious experiences open us to awe and wonder.

The Awe In Nature

The Awe In Nature

December 1, 2019

Nature fills us with awe. Standing beneath the stars or on the top of a mountain or both can leave us breathless and more alive than we ever imagined possible. Join us as we explore nature’s essential role in our lives and our spiritual community.

Hush - Finding silence in a distracted world

Hush - Finding silence in a distracted world

November 17, 2019

It is increasingly difficult to find silence in our world, to discover places where we can be in solitude away from the noisiness, busyness, and distractions of life. This morning we’ll explore the need and longing our spirits have for moments of hushing.

Turbulence Is Coming

Turbulence Is Coming

November 10, 2019

Guest speaker: John Pavlovitz

Individually and as a nation we are experiencing a shaking. We now have the opportunity to be peace givers and not fear bringers, and to learn, as did the followers of Jesus, how to endure the turbulence and how, at times, to become the turbulence. How can we leverage our lives to bring peace to those who are shaking?

John Pavlovitz is a writer, pastor, and activist from Wake Forest, North Carolina. His blog, “Stuff That Needs To Be Said,” reaches a diverse worldwide audience. A 20-year veteran in the trenches of local church ministry, John is committed to equality, diversity, and justice—both inside and outside faith communities. In 2017, he released his first book, A Bigger Table. His newest book is Hope and Other Superpowers.

Chosen Community

Chosen Community

October 13, 2019

Religion is a "chosen pilgrimage," says UU minister John Buehrens. We choose a community of faith. And we choose to return to it, over and over again, coming back to where we can be renewed by spiritual connection, celebration, and inspiration. Today we'll consider what calls us back to Unitarian Universalism, again and again.

Expectations of Forgiveness

Expectations of Forgiveness

September 29, 2019

The expectations we bring to the practice of forgiveness can help heal wounds and resentment or lead to bitterness and anger. Join us today as we explore the ways we can manage our expectations in order to improve emotional health and exercise goodness.

Full Dignity

Full Dignity

September 22, 2019

Respecting the worth and dignity of others is a core value for Unitarian Universalists. This morning we'll consider the ways that moving beyond our binary ways of thinking and being--beyond good and bad, right and wrong, black and white, male and female--can create more spaciousness and grace in our relationships.