Past Services

August 12, 2018 - 10:15am

A video will be presented "Not Your Grandmother's God: Beyond Misconceptions about the Ground of Being" given by Rev. Dr. Arvid Staube, pastor of the the First Unitarian/Universalist Church of San Diego.

Dr. Straube has been practicing Buddhist meditation since his seminarian days and teaching meditation has always been a part of his ministry. He trained in spiritual direction at the Shalem Institute with its founding faculty. Dr. Straube’s main academic interests have been Buddhism and the contemplative traditions of humanity. He has a passion for the potential for contemplative practice to transform lives, communities and societies. His Doctor of Ministry studies focused on the inseparability of spiritual and social action and this has been a focus of his ministry ever since.


August 5, 2018 - 10:15am

Kelvin Birrell will be talking about growing up in Australia and his circuitous route to the US. From a rural dairy farm in Australia to Melbourne University to backpacking and jobs all over Australia to New York City - a fascinating life journey will be revealed.


July 29, 2018 - 10:15am

On Sunday, July 29th at 10:15 a.m.in the Berlin Township Community Center in Beach Lake, PA, Barbara Leo will present a talk based on Gary Wills’ book What the Qur’an Meant And Why it Matters. Wills asserts “There was a time when ordinary Americans did not have to know much about Islam, but that is no longer the case. We blundered into the longest war in our history without knowing basic facts about the Islamic civilization we were dealing with, and we are constantly fed false information about Islam ---claims that it is essentially a religion of violence, that its sacred book is a handbook for terrorists. There is no way to assess these claims unless we have at least some knowledge of the Qur’an.”

We will explore this book, held sacred by millions of peaceful Muslims. Understanding the Qur’an is even more important in today’s environment of zenophobia, verging on Islamophobia, with bans on visitors and immigration into the United States from certain Muslim countries. All are welcome to the one-hour service, held by the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, which will be followed by a social time with refreshments. For directions, visit www.uduuf.org.

Submitted by Pat Sanders

570-253-4032


July 22, 2018 - 10:15am

Long ago our ancestors lived at peace with themselves, one another , and nature. They expressed this harmony through their art. In a time before writing the figure of the goddess was an expression of a magical, creative, abundant universe. But at some time, a break occurred in the human psyche, and an alternate paradigm of a wrathful, punishing god appeared. What happened? Explore some possibilities with Hana Marritz in a slide presentation.

Hana Marritz is a Reiki Master, energy healer, and practicing local artist. She taught art in the public high schools in New York City for fifteen years. She is now retired , creating art, speaking about the Goddess, and a board member of the Wayne County Arts Alliance. She is an award winning writer photographer of seven children’s books.


July 15, 2018 - 10:15am

On Sunday, July 15th the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will celebrate summer and the wealth of beauty and diversity in both the flowers of the season and in our own members. Please bring a flower to add to our communal bouquet. The one hour service will be held at the Berlin Township Community Center in Beach Lake, PA at 10:15 a.m. and will be followed by a social time with refreshments. Directions can be found at www.uduuf.org.


July 8, 2018 - 10:15am

Sheila Vaswani will present a service on the topic of African Art, Segue into the Divine: How Culture, Tradition and Art Manifest Profound Beauty. Sheila Vaswani is a noted retired Asian Studies specialist, a world traveler and an award-winning teacher who is often a guest lecturer in the area.


July 1, 2018 - 11:00am

We will celebrate the Fourth of July with a potluck picnic at the home of a member -for more information call 570-253-4032. All are welcome.


June 24, 2018 - 10:15am

Tom Lisenbee will be presenting a service on a topic be announced soon.


June 17, 2018 - 10:15am

Art Kolbjorsen will present a talk that will focus on Martin Luther as the match for the reformational fire that lit first Europe and then the world. All the kindling and the substantial fuel for the movement was in place thanks to the abuses of both the church and the politics of the time and Luther himself was surprised by the reaction to his earliest concerns. He wanted to talk and resolve but found himself at head of a movement that split the church and offered the populace the Bible (Thank you Herr Gutenberg) and the opportunity to seek a non mediated role with its God. Saved by God's grace and not by the church's pronouncements was the core belief that would rattle the foundations of the world.
Oh Martin what have you done? This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.


June 10, 2018 - 10:15am

The best selling poet of America in 2006 was not Whitman, Dickinson, Frost or Emerson but a Sufi mystic; Jaluddin Rumi, who was born in Afghanistan, on the borders of the Persian Empire (Iran). Rumi is one of the best known Sufi poets but digging deep into the realms of Persian literature we find a wealth of Sufi poetry which even today retains a universal and timeless appeal. The Sufi poets wrote with a rare combination of lyrical eloquence and profound mystical revelation. Glenn of Trees will read and discuss Sufi Poetry at the Berlin Township Community Center in Beach Lake, PA on Sunday, June 10th at 10:15 a.m.

The one hour service, sponsored by the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, will be followed by a social time with refreshments. Directions are available at www.uduuf.org