Past Services

December 9, 2018 - 10:15am

On Sunday, December 9th Tom Lisenbee, local poet and musician, will present a reading "God, don't take the name in vain" from Yuval Harari's recent book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. Harari is an Israeli historian and a tenured professor in the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is also the author of the international bestsellers Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow.

In this recent book he focuses on the present time and the problems and issues we’re facing (terrorism, fake news and immigration) and offers some solutions. and has tips on how to navigate the future we face – with the power of clarity.

The one hour service, sponsored by the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, will be held at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center in Beach Lake, PA. Directions can be found at www.uduuf.org.


December 2, 2018 - 10:15am

Richard Williams, Director of the Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network (UUPLAN) will present a service on the topic of "What Now? What's Next?" It's a brief description of the current state of social justice in Pennsylvania and the nation. It includes some thoughts about how our faith might be more effective. UU Plan works together in common cause to embrace, articulate, and advocate for all goals of social and environmental justice. Some of the current political trends in PA are directly threatening to UU values regarding the rights and dignity of individuals, the democratic process, caring for our environment, and the rights of women and people of color. Through monthly online justice team meetings, action alerts and lobbying efforts they promote values to policy makers to advance just legislation.

Richard Williams grew up in Sioux City, Iowa and has been a UU since birth. After studying architecture in New York State, he settled in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and formed an architectural firm that has evolved into Williams Kinsman Lewis Architecture. The firm provides a variety of planning and architecture services throughout the northeastern United States.

In 1991 with support from the Joseph Priestley District and the Pennsylvania Universalist Convention, he was part of the group that chartered the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Wyoming Valley.

In 2011, Richard was the only Independent elected to the 11-person Luzerne County Council. His service on the Luzerne County Council ended in early 2018. He chose not to run for re-election. He lives in Kingston, Pennsylvania.


November 25, 2018 - 10:15am

The Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with shared readings and thoughts on Giving Thanks. This season and holiday is an ideal time to reflect on the many blessings of family, friends, abundance and freedom. All are asked to bring a poem or reading or reflection to share. 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 (and perhaps some Thanksgiving leftovers!). For directions please visit www.uduuf.org.


November 18, 2018 - 10:15am

Cathy Chmil will present a talk entitled "Peace and Comfort in Understanding Healthcare Ethics and You" on Sunday, Nov. 18th at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center in Beach Lake, PA. Catherine is an RN with 42 years in practice and a Masters degree in Healthcare Ethics and will discuss Medical Power of Attorney, Advanced Directives, and what you want versus what you get, and is that really what you want versus what you think you want. She will also cover some "hows", "to do’s", "don’ts" and "mmm’s".

All are invited to the one hour service, sponsored by the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, which will be followed by a social time with refreshments. For further information visit www.uduuf.org.


November 11, 2018 - 10:15am

Tom Lisenbee will read an essay entitled, Ennui by Roy Scranton, the author of “We’re Doomed. Now What? Essays on War and Climate Change.”


November 4, 2018 - 10:15am

We will view a video about the untold story of David and Goliath featuring Malcolm Gladwell. It's a classic underdog tale: David, a young shepherd armed only with a sling, beats Goliath, the mighty warrior. The story has transcended its biblical origins to become a common shorthand for unlikely victory. The names of David and Goliath now stand for battles between underdogs and giants. David's victory was improbable and miraculous. He shouldn't have won. Or should he have? But, asks Malcolm Gladwell,is that really what the David and Goliath story is about?


October 28, 2018 - 10:15am

Pat Sanders will lead a service about the "Dia de los Muertos", the Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday. Day of the Dead festivities unfold over two days in an explosion of color and life-affirming joy. The theme is death, but the point is to demonstrate love and respect for deceased family members. We will explore the elements of the celebration such as the calaveras, foods, papel picado and more. We will have an ofrenda, or altar, prepared and participants can bring a photo of a deceased loved one to add to the altar.


October 21, 2018 - 10:15am

Glenn Pontier will speak about the founders and the early days of the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Sunday, October 21st at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center in Beach Lake, PA . He is a founding member and the son of Raymond Pontier, the founder and Minister when the Fellowship met at Innisfree, the home of Bud and Ann Rue. It was there that the first Bud Rue Walk for Social Justice in 1993 culminated with the death of Bud Rue. The Fellowship is proud to continue to honor his vision with the Bud Rue Campaign, which raises money for four local organizations that work toward social justice in our community, Victims Intervention Program (VIP), Rape Intervention Services and Education (RISE), Growing Older Together and Wayne County Habitat for Humanity. All are invited to the one hour service which will be followed by a social time with refreshments. Directions can be found at www.uduuf.org.

This Sunday is the official Bud Rue Campaign Day for 2018. We hope to raise $4,000 which will be used to benefit VIP, RISE, Habitat for Humanity Wayne County and Growing Older Together. Sharon Lisenbee and some generous volunteers have raised about $700 already at various public places - Wonderful work!! You can make your contribution at a Sunday service or by mailing to UDUUF, PO Box 164, Beach Lake, PA 18405 and putting "Bud Rue" in the notation line of your check.


October 14, 2018 - 10:15am

Heidi Finkelberg will present a service on a topic “No Time for a Casual Faith”

On Sunday, October 14th, the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will share a talk entitled “No Time for a Casual Faith” by Susan Frederick-Gray, the president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, reflecting on the spiritual challenges of confronting the resurgence of American white nationalism. We are living in a time of tremendous opportunity and needed change, and the health and strength of our communities and our commitment to a theology of love and justice and interdependence is crucial.


October 7, 2018 - 10:15am

Janet Burgan will be speaking about songwriting and about songwriting and activism. She'll bring her guitar and will sing and speak.

From her roots in northeastern Ohio, Janet Burgan brings a folk sensibility to her music. Growing up in Cuyahoga Falls, (home to Chrissie Hynde, Joe Walsh, Devo and The Black Keys) Janet started her musical career as a singer, trombonist and pianist. She moved to New York and quickly became involved in the live music scene. Adding electric bass, acoustic guitar and frattoir to her instrument arsenal, Janet has led her own bands or been a sidewoman ever since.

Janet newest album, 'Nothing But Love Songs' is a collections of 12 new originals recorded in New Orleans on April 5, 2016.