Lighting the Chalice: Sermons from the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berks County
Remembering to Give Thanks

Remembering to Give Thanks

November 18, 2018

Thanksgiving is a great time to renew the practice of gratitude. Come and celebrate the season with our Breads of the World ceremony and the story of Stone Soup. 

 
The Remembering Self

The Remembering Self

November 11, 2018

Memories can define us and set us free. They can also limit our ability to see other perspectives and keep us from being able to reframe our own narrative. Join us this morning as we reflect on how memory helps and sometimes hinders us in creating who we are as a people and as individuals. Our offering today will benefit the Reading Public Library. 

Coming Home: A Membership Celebration

Coming Home: A Membership Celebration

November 4, 2018

This morning we explore what it means to be part of a religious community that challenges and inspires us, that heals and holds us. New members will join the church, and all members will be celebrated for their years of devotion to UU Berks. 

Companioning as Social Change

Companioning as Social Change

October 14, 2018

Companioning means being present, listening, and bearing witness to another person's struggles without trying to fix things. This morning we'll explore the ways that companioning supports the pastoral needs of those who are grieving and in pain, and also leads to social change.

The Spiritual Practice of Being Human

The Spiritual Practice of Being Human

July 1, 2018
Another week. Another tough week.
The Supreme Court struck a blow to unions and collective bargaining.
US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy tendered his resignation.
The House rejected a bill to protect the Dreamers.
 
How can your resilience, your humanity, serve as your spiritual practice in times of trial? 
Father’s Day

Father’s Day

June 17, 2018

Join us to celebrate the wisdom and spirituality fathers of all shapes, sizes, and connections bring to our lives. 

State of the Heart

State of the Heart

June 10, 2018

John O'Donohue says, "The state of one's heart inevitably shapes one's life." What is the shape of your heart right now? Is it courage, fear, heaviness, love, forgiveness? Join us today as we explore blessings for these times of confusion and possibility.

The Blessings of Belonging

The Blessings of Belonging

June 3, 2018
This month we begin an exploration of what it means to be a people of blessing. The idea of blessing often gets associated with key life events. We baptize or dedicate a child, bless a new home, consecrate a marriage, do a blessing of the animals ceremony, or pray over the dying. Blessings are offered at vigils and public ceremonies. Often for these occasions a minister or another religious professional is called upon to officiate.
Creative Empathy

Creative Empathy

May 27, 2018

Empathy is not self-satisfied. It does not replace the need to take action. In fact, empathy fuels the commitment to fix systems not people, to dismantle unjust and cruel systems. It fuels the passion for a kinder, more caring world. It fires our commitment to give life the shape of justice.

Creativity to Collaborate

Creativity to Collaborate

May 20, 2018

Collaboration is the art of working together. Doing it well takes creativity, experimentation, and the willingness to learn from our mistakes. How well are we doing in our lives and in our congregation as getting creative together?