Past Services

September 23, 2018 - 10:15am

On Sunday, September 23rd at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center in Beach Lake, PA, Obi Kaye, percussionist, will present a talk and performance entitled "Music and More" in which he will be demonstrating and explaining various percussion instruments and playing styles.

Obi Kaye is a Master Drummer, Performer and a Musicologist/ Educator who specializes in rhythm and drumming styles of the Middle Eastern, African, Afro-Caribbean regions as well as Jazz Hand Percussion. He is also a historian focusing on the history of rhythm and cultures from these regions. He teaches drumming and rhythm for all ages and abilities and conducts specially designed programs and classes for those with special needs and/or developmental disabilities. Obi conducts various drumming workshops focusing on Middle Eastern and African rhythms and also performs solo and with varied musical groups.

The one hour service, presented by the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, will be followed by a social time with refreshments. For directions, visit www.uduuf.org.


September 16, 2018 - 10:15am

Lawrence Fabian will present a service on the topic of The Bahai Faith.


September 9, 2018 - 10:15am

Jan Goodwin will present a service about Samuel Taylor Coleridge English poet, literary critic, philosopher and theologian who, with his friend William Wordsworth, was a founder of the Romantic Movement in England and a member of the Lake Poets. The one hour service, sponsored by the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will be followed by a social time with light refreshments. All are welcome and directions can be found at www.uduuf.org.


September 2, 2018 - 11:00am

The Fellowship will commemorate Labor Day with a potluck picnic and Water Ceremony at the home of a member. For more information call 570-253-4032. Please bring a small amount of water from a place that is special or meaningful to you and a potluck dish to share.


August 26, 2018 - 10:15am

Artist Carla Strozzieri will present a reflection on "Monotheism and the Environment" at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, August 26th at the Berlin Township Community Center in Beach Lake, PA.

The most deeply ingrained aspects of our collective mindset are often so taken for granted that we never stop to examine their implications. One such point is the commonly held belief in a single godhead. Regardless of one’s personal belief system, we are at the effect of the collective idea that there is a single god who is responsible for the totality of creation. How does this concept affect how we view our society, our environment, our world? How does it contribute to the environmental problems we face? This discussion will aim to explore how the commonly accepted paradigm of “One God” has helped to shape the rising environmental crisis as well as the social hierarchy from which it springs.

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


August 19, 2018 - 10:15am

"Learning the Principles by Heart", based on a sermon by Leslie Becknell will be presented this Sunday. Unitarian Universalism affirms and promotes seven Principles, grounded in the humanistic teachings of the world's religions. What ARE the seven Principles and how might they be incorporated in the lives we lead? From affirming the worth and dignity of every person to respecting the interdependent web of all existence, this practical exploration might help you answer the question "If you were arrested for being a Unitarian Universalist, would there be enough evidence to convict you?"


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.