Past Services

September 15, 2019 - 10:15am

On Sept. 15th at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center in Beach Lake, PA, Barbara Leo will lead a discussion about climate change in solidarity with the Global Climate Strike set for Sept 20. This strike coincides with the United Nations Climate Action Summit.  All are invited to attend and share  thoughts, meaningful reflections and reverence for our planet earth, through comment or selected readings.  The one hour service, sponsored by the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will be followed by a social time with refreshments.Directions can be found at

September 8, 2019 - 10:15am

Oliver Sacks, a British neurologist, naturalist, historian of science, and author, believed that the brain is the "most incredible thing in the universe. Widely known for writing best-selling case histories about both his patients' and his own disorders and unusual experiences, his compassionate writings about nature's neurological misfits have been adapted for plays by major playwrights, feature films, animated short films, opera, dance, fine art, and musical works in the classical genre. This Sunday, Tom Lisenbee reads from "The Healing Power of Gardens," taken from a posthumously published collection of his essays.

September 1, 2019 - 11:00am

The UDUUF will celebrate Labor Day with a short service and potluck picnic at the home of a member in the Shohola area. For further details call 570-253-4032 and leave a message - you will receive a call back.

August 25, 2019 - 10:15am

Christian Gauthier of the Kadampa Meditation Center in New York will present a service about the Buddhist perspective of inner peace and how to cultivate it within our hearts using simple techniques of breathing meditation. Anyone can benefit from engaging in meditation for 5 or 10 minutes. He will be speaking at the Berlin Township Community Center in Beach Lake,Pa at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, August 25th. All are invited to the one hour service sponsored by the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Directions can be found at

The purpose of meditation is to cultivate positive states of mind, conducive to peace and well-being, and overcome negative habits of mind. Happiness is a state of mind, therefore the real source of happiness lies in the mind, not in external situations. When our mind is peaceful we are free from worries and mental discomfort, and we experience true happiness.

Christian Gauthier is the Education Program Coordinator and meditation teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center New York. He has been practicing Kadampa Buddhism since 2009. His practical and inspiring teachings make Buddhism accessible to everyone.

August 18, 2019 - 10:15am

Stephen Sharf will present a talk and service about Woodstock. Woodstock at 50" is a summarized history of the festival and its legacy, as well as a personal reflection on its impact on society.

While Steven F. Scharff was only 7 when Woodstock was held in 1969, he has had a fascination with it since seeing the documentary on the festival. He has written for a number of small press run publications in the 1980's, and is presently working on a novel.

August 11, 2019 - 10:15am

Sunday, August 11th, 10:15 a.m.

Guest speaker Shivani Shah, an American Hindu of Indian origin, will present a talk about Hinduism - its main tenets, origin, lifestyle, and practices - at the Berlin Township Community Center in Beach Lake, PA on Sunday, August 11th at 10:15 a.m. Shivani is a born and life-long Hindu and also a 20-year resident and citizen of the United States and has enjoyed a career as a business professional. She is deeply interested in learning and sharing about how faith and especially Hindu practice enriches our lives.

All are invited to the one hour service, sponsored by the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. For directions visit

August 4, 2019 - 10:15am

Barbara Leo will present a talk and service entitled "Divided by God". Noah Feldman, law professor at Harvard, helped write the new constitution for Iraq after the war. Against those
who believe America's secular-religious split is an intractable schism, Feldman argues that a "third way" can be found, one that could produce reconciliation” between the evangelicals and the secularists and temper the polarization that is plaguing our national politics today.

July 28, 2019 - 10:15am

July 28, 2019 - 10:15am
An inspirational Portraits in Faith video featuring Gurdjieff will be presented on Sunday, July 28th at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center in Beach Lake, PA. George Ivanovich Gurdjieff was a mystic, philosopher, and spiritual teacher of Armenian and Greek descent, born in Alexandrapol, Armenia. Gurdjieff taught that most humans do not possess a unified consciousness and thus live their lives in a state of hypnotic "waking sleep", but that it is possible to awaken to a higher state of consciousness and achieve full human potential. Gurdjieff described a method attempting to do so, calling the discipline "The Work" connoting "work on oneself") or "the Method". According to his principles and instructions, Gurdjieff's method for awakening one's consciousness unites the methods of the fakir, monk and yogi and thus he referred to it as the "Fourth Way".

All are invited to the one hour service presented by the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. For further directions, visit

July 21, 2019 - 10:15am

Lawrence Fabian will present a talk and service about the time-bending archeological site in southeast Turkey known as Göbeklitepe. The time of Abraham is often taken as the beginning of civilized human life. We don't know when Abraham lived, but best estimates are two or three millennia before Christ. Göbeklitepe is pushing the time of complex, organized human endeavor to 10,000 BC, upending our notions of the Ancient of Days.

Fabian graduated from Dartmouth College (1967) and studied city & regional planning at UPenn. His experiences include transport and land use analysis and planning, service as a Peace Corps Volunteer (Iran) and technical writing and publishing. He is conversant in French and Persian, and familiar with German and Turkish.

July 14, 2019 - 10:15am

For over five hundred years, the Fables of Jean de La Fontaine, told with wit and charm, has defined morally upright behavior for French readers young and old. Therefore,for the first Sunday of the Merry Month of May the Upper Delaware Unitarian/Universalist Fellowship is pleased to welcome Honesdale's own Pearl Hochstadt to read from her fresh translation of the Fables and speak on the master's life. This talk will take place at the Berlin Townshship Community Center in Beach Lake, PA on Sunday, May 5th at 10:15 a.m. Pearl Hochstadt received a bachelor's degree in English from Cornell University and, while still raising her family, a doctorate in English Literature from New York University in 1972. She taught English at Long Island University and other area schools before embarking on this translation after her retirement.