Past Services

November 12, 2017 - 10:15am

On Sunday, November 12 at 10:15 am at the Berlin Township Community Center in Beach Lake PA, Kathleen Galvin Grimaldi, a Delaware Valley poet and writer, will give a talk based on her recently published collection of immigrant stories entitled, Out from the Shadows they Come.

These stories represent a cross-section of young people from the twentieth century taking solitary and sometimes extraordinary paths to find their way here, and ultimately add to the continual refining of the American character - not unlike stories that might be hidden in the background for many of us.

Prior to this publication, Ms. Grimaldi has published two collections of poetry: like smoke rising, like wind ( 2011) and Life's Glorious Song ( 2015).

November 5, 2017 - 10:15am

On Sunday, November 5th at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center in Beach Lake, PA, Tamara Singer, an accomplished cultural preservation photographer, who has worked with indigenous tribes throughout Africa, Asia and Indonesia, will present a talk about her work and life journey. She is dedicated to photographing the disappearing rituals and customs of these people, recording their culture for others to learn from. Before photographing indigenous people, Ms. Singer was a nationally published musician and celebrity photographer. For the past eighteen years she has managed homes for seniors and Alzheimer patients. Ms. Singer is also a local entrepreneur. Currently, she owns and operates Twin Cedars Senior Living in Shohola where her passion for seniors and connecting with others continues to thrive.

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

October 29, 2017 - 10:15am

Sheila Vaswani, noted retired Asian Studies specialist, will be giving a presentation entitled: Chinese Landscape Painting: Poetry Amidst the Clouds.

This presentation will encompass the art, technique, and inspiration for Chinese Landscape Painting and will allow the viewer to peer into the mists and imagine infinity.

October 22, 2017 - 10:15am

This Sunday the UDUUF presents an inspirational video titled: Charter for Compassion, delivered as a TEDtalk in 2008 by Karen Armstrong, noted British author and commentator on comparative religion.

October 15, 2017 - 10:15am

Pat Sanders will present a service on the topic of Mary Oliver, poet and essayist.

October 8, 2017 - 10:15am

This week Obi Kaye will present a talk entitled "The Toph and the Deff; a (brief) History of Praise With Drums in the Holy Lands".
Beyond the KJV translation of the Psalms, we see the drum (Timbrel etc.) employed in songs of Praise. While Arabic texts and Suras of the Q'uran suggest certain drums be Halal (acceptable) for praise and worship. Obi will demonstrate playing styles and discuss a brief history of how drumming for worship has developed and changed over three millennium in the Holy Lands.

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. He conducts various drumming workshops focusing on Middle Eastern and African rhythms.
He also performs solo and with varied musical groups.

October 1, 2017 - 10:15am

Tom Lisenbee, local author of prose and poetry, will speak about Eleanor Roosevelt, who believed that Democracy above all other forms of government, "should make us conscious of the need we all have for a spiritual and moral awakening."

September 24, 2017 - 10:15am

Tom Lisenbee will present a Portraits in Faith video on the subject of Akiva (The Believer) Wharton. Imagine a man in Hassidic dress with beard and payos (side curls) rocking out on the tambourine. Imagine him once so deeply affected by his sister’s suicide at age 23, his father sends him to Israel out of desperation. Come join us this Sunday as we view an inspiratonal video covering this and much, much more as Akiva (the Believer) Wharton bears witness to his spiritual awakening.

September 17, 2017 - 10:15am

On Sunday, September 17th at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center in Beach Lake, PA, John Tomlinson, artist and art teacher, will present a talk on "Why I Make Art". He will bring several books of his drawings to the Fellowship.

John grew up in Boston as a member with his family of the then-named Unitarian Church. He has been making drawings since his childhood, but really started his drawing career in the late 1960's when he attended the Cooper Union School of Art in New York City. He graduated with a major in Painting, but it wasn't long after that he switched entirely to making large drawings.

His first teaching job was in the 1980s at Marlboro College in Vermont.
In the late 80s he taught drawing at the National Academy of Design for 8 years, then went on to teach drawing for 25 years at Parsons School of Design Fine Arts. In the early 90s, while he was teaching at Parsons, he became director of the New York Studio Residency Program in Manhattan then Brooklyn, an innovative independent art study program of seminars, studio work, visiting artists and critiques with 4 professors of art and art history operated by 43 American and Canadian art schools.

John retired from teaching and that position in 2013 and has since been working full time in his studio in Lumberland, NY. He has shown his work widely, including at the DVAA in Narrowsburg, where he had a solo show in 2009, in several group shows there and he curated "drawing BIG" a show with 4 artists in 2015. He has collaborated with local poet and psychoanalyst Karen Morris on the book of drawings and poems, "Rage: The Misery of Men :: Hope: The Dawning of Men."
He has been invited to collaborate with the Margolis Brown Adaptors Theater Company on a play based on his "Misery of Men" series.

All are invited to the one hour service, presented by the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, which will be followed by a social time with light refreshments. For directions visit

September 10, 2017 - 10:15am

On Sunday, Sept 10th at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center in Beach Lake, PA we will hear a presentation about the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, whose mission includes conserving farms, forests and waters of the Upper Delaware Region. They also provide educational events and opportunities to engage the community and to promote a sustainable local economy. Susan LaCroix, Land Protection Coordinator, will share details on some of their events and initiatives.
All are invited to the one hour service which will be followed by a social time with light refreshments. For directions, please visit