Past Services

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

June 3, 2018 - 10:15am

On Sunday, June 3rd, the UDUUF will present a video of Reb Zalman Schacter-Shalemi, the most influential Jewish change-maker of his generation. Reb Zalman was one of the founders of the Jewish Renewal movement and an innovator in ecumenical dialogue. Countless innovations in Jewish life and worship throughout the Jewish denominations sprang from his creative mind and from the thought-leaders he attracted. He was visionary in creating fully inclusive community, making Jewish mysticism and joyful observance available to several generations of American Jews, as well as engaging in deep ecumenical relationships with leaders of the world’s religions.

The video will be followed by a discussion and then a social time with refreshments. The one hour service will be held at the Berlin Township Community Center in Beach Lake, PA. Directions can be found at

May 27, 2018 - 10:15am

Materials on Hand, author Page Nolker will present a service entitled "Death and the Pursuit of Happiness" on Sunday, May 27th at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center in Beach Lake, PA.

Written as a poem a day the final year of her mother’s life, Materials on Hand reminds us that joy is both a practice and an outcome, possible even in the darkest sorrow. Page’s talk will examine how her parents’ commitment to positive thought philosophy played out in the face of her mother’s dementia. Sharing anecdotes and poems, Page brings an uplifting perspective to a challenging subject.

May 20, 2018 - 10:15am

Sharon Lisenbee will be reading from John A. Buehrens' essay "Returning to the Springs" from his book "A Chosen Faith". Like so many others in our culture Buehrens went through a period when he did not go to church. When he began to explore spirituality again, he was skeptical about why people need church. He questioned why people keep coming Sunday after Sunday. He asked this to the only regular churchgoer that he really respected, his grandmother. She told him "When I go to church, I have to be grateful again, just to be alive. My thoughts go wider deeper, higher". John A. Buehrens went on to become our sixth UUA President.

May 13, 2018 - 10:15am

Pat Sanders will present a talk at the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship about Project Drawdown on Sunday, May 13th at 10:15a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center in Beach Lake, PA.

Project Drawdown is a global coalition of researchers, scientists, economists and others who are looking at what is actually being successfully done in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Their research has produced a smorgasbord of solutions, some very surprising, for global warming. We will explore these possibilities and how we might foster and help advance the efforts to reach Drawdown. It's an important and hopeful report.

May 6, 2018 - 10:15am

Ishan Tigunait of the Himalayan Institute will present a service entitled "Collective Consciousness and Our Luminous Mind" on Sunday, May 6th at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Townsship Community Center in Beach Lake, PA.

The yoga tradition boldly proclaims that our mind is the greatest of all mysteries. As we learn to turn our mind inward toward its source, we experience the vibrant luminosity that embodies our core being, and discover a new reality within and without—Collective Consciousness.

Our connection to Collective Consciousness—and our quest to nurture and share this connection—is at the heart of our spiritual quest. Learn more about the Yoga tradition’s essential wisdom on how our mind sculpts our perception of reality, and how we discover the best in ourselves and in the world by opening our eyes to a living experience of Collective Consciousness.

Growing up at the Himalayan Institute, Ishan Tigunait received his first spiritual lessons from Swami Rama of the Himalayas, and has continued his spiritual education for the past 30 years under the guidance of his father, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait. Ishan serves as Executive Director of the Himalayan Institute and Chairman of Yoga International, and has been a driving force for the Himalayan Institute’s humanitarian projects in Africa over the past decade. He also serves as Managing Director of Himalayan Institute India, and spearheaded the establishment of the Institute’s newest campus in Khajuraho, India.

Ishan’s passion is sharing modern reflections on the ancient wisdom of the yogic and tantric traditions. As a Himalayan Institute faculty member, he leads the Institute’s Yogi Living program as well as annual pilgrimages to India and the Himalayas.

Holding a degree in computer engineering, Ishan worked for IBM before returning to the Himalayan Institute in 2006. He is an avid social entrepreneur, and is committed to sharing the transformational power of yoga to unleash our full potential.

April 29, 2018 - 10:15am

Tom Lisenbee, local poet and musician, will present a program on the topic of "Buddhism, American Style" on Sunday, April 29th at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center in Beach Lake, PA. The one hour service, sponsored by the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, will be followed by a social time with refreshments. For directions, see

April 22, 2018 - 10:15am

On April 22nd, the Upper Delaware Unitarian/Universalist presents an inspirational video of Alakananda Ma (Oiivia Hudis). Spiritual mother, teacher, Ayurvedic doctor, flower essence maker and storyteller, she is also an accomplished writer with many published articles. Author of the autobiographical trilogy: Patchwork Mandala, the first two volumes, Pilgrimage to the Mother, and The Rainbow Bridge, are well-loved by her followers.

April 15, 2018 - 10:15am

A World Resurrected

The state of the world got you down? Feeling overwhelmed with the constant barrage of unsettling news? Join the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on April 15th in a service exploring how the three-pronged typology of violence (direct violence, structural violence, cultural violence) can be countered with a typology of peace. Utilizing story, poetry and original music, this one-hour service created by Rev. Laurie Stuart is sure to resurrect a glimmer of hope and possibility.