Lighting the Chalice: Sermons from the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berks County
Great Expectations

Great Expectations

September 15, 2019

What expectations do we bring to our lives--to spiritual community, work, family? This morning we'll explore when to let go of them and when to set greater expectations.

By Love Alone

By Love Alone

September 1, 2019

Matt Owen, Worship Associate

The Buddha said: “Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.” It is not just "those people" who struggle with hatred, we all do. How do we take the pain at the injustice we witness and resist diverting it into our own blame and hatred of others? These times are crying out for a deepened dedication to love. Cultivating compassion for ourselves and others, is an act of social justice and a way we can directly contribute to the evolution of consciousness in our world.

A Living Bridge

A Living Bridge

August 18, 2019

A desire for belonging brings many of us into spiritual community. This morning we'll consider how we can build a living bridge that allows us to be connected to each other across the generations and to something greater than ourselves.

Joyful Play

Joyful Play

August 11, 2019

Rev. Sage Olnick, Worship Associate

This Sunday we will explore Joyful Play as a spiritual practice. Even in the midst of injustice and unrest, we can have joy.

Life in the Shape of Justice

Life in the Shape of Justice

August 4, 2019

This Sunday we will explore what 'Life in the Shape of Justice' truly looks like when inspired on a personal and individual level.

Mindful Embodiment

Mindful Embodiment

July 21, 2019

Worship Associate: Rev. Sage Olnick

This Sunday we will explore how Mindful Embodiment can help us be our most authentic selves.

LGBTQ Service

LGBTQ Service

July 14, 2019

Service led by members of the Berks UU LGBTQ Caucus, exploring what it means to be a people of pride.

Practicing Trust: Making Space for What Is Already There

Practicing Trust: Making Space for What Is Already There

June 30, 2019

Rev. Sage Olnick, Affiliated Community Minister

This Sunday we will explore what it means to make space in our minds and hearts for what is already there through reflection, music, and a Glitter Blessing.

Many Centers

Many Centers

June 23, 2019

Tracie Greth, Worship Associate

This service in inspired by the word “centering “which is an open UU-compatible word that can cover many forms of meditation or prayer. It is also based on a comment made by Rev. Fees that there must be many centers. The word “center” will be used for those things that truly matter, those things that give meaning to worship and to life.

The Beauty of the Imperfect

The Beauty of the Imperfect

June 16, 2019

Traditional Western ideals of beauty tend to emphasize symmetry, orderliness, and harmony. Eastern worldviews center beauty on transience and imperfection, known as wabi sabi in Japanese. This morning we explore how wabi sabi beauty might enlarge our appreciation of our world.