Past Services

March 3, 2019 - 10:15am

This Sunday, the Upper Delaware Unitarian Fellowship in Beach Lake features a TED TALK video delivered by the renowned historian Yuval Noah Harari entitled: Why Human's Rule the World. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics, he posits the question: what, if anything, can humankind do to influence the course of the centuries to come. Harari is the author of the international bestsellers Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (2014), Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (2016), and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century (2018). His writings examine free will, consciousness, and intelligence.

February 24, 2019 - 10:15am

On Sunday, Feb 24th at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center in Beach Lake, PA, Susan Lory will present a sermon originally given at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Northborough, Massachusetts by Reverend Justine Sullivan. This sermon, entitled "A Love of Language or a Language of Love," focuses on the evolution of language as it responds to changes in culture and personal identity. Rev. Sullivan notes that even very sensitive and loving people may, in their dedication to the rules of the English language, inadvertently hurt and exclude people who are not "standard." This talk highlights the personal and spiritual costs of this exclusion.

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. Directions can be found at

February 17, 2019 - 10:15am

A reading from "MLK: What We Lost" by Annette Gordon-Reed will be presented. In a review and survey of five books that were written to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary in 2018 of the death of Martin Luther King Jr., Ms Gordon-Reed assesses his life and legacy. Annette Gordon-Reed is a professor of law at New York Law School and a professor of history at Rutgers University. She is the author of "Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy" and "The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family." The reading will be part of a one hour service, presented by the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at the Berlin Township Community Center in Beach Lake, PA on Sunday, January 20th at 10:15 a.m. All are invited and directions can be found at

February 17, 2019 - 10:15am

The Chinese New Year has a plethora of symbolic spiritual and cultural meanings involved in its celebration. It is the most glorious and meaningful holiday that Chinese individuals all over the world experience and enjoy. Sheila Vaswani, noted local speaker, and Asian Studies Specialist will present a talk about this celebration on Sunday, February 17th at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center in Beach Lake, PA.

All are welcome to join the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship for this one hour service, followed by a social time with refreshments. For directions, visit

February 10, 2019 - 10:15am

Laura Silverman is a naturalist, forager and writer. She founded The Outside Institute in 2017 to help connect people to the natural world through guided walks, workshops and culinary gatherings that highlight wild flavors. By nurturing humanity’s innate affinity for all living things, she hopes to inspire joy and passionate stewardship of the land. The Outside Institute will publish volume 2 of its Field Guide to the Hudson & Upper Delaware Valleys in spring 2019.

Laura will be speaking to us about the healing and transformative powers of nature and the ways we can bring the wild into our lives on a daily basis.

February 3, 2019 - 10:15am

We will view and discuss a video of the young James Baldwin, filmed in the early sixties, speaking at the West Indian Student Centre in London, about "America's Racial Problem". American essayist, novelist, and playwright, his eloquence and passion on the subject of race in America made him an important voice, particularly in the late 1950s and early 1960s, in the United States and much of western Europe.

January 27, 2019 - 10:15am

What's Good About Hopelessness?

Is hope all of the time always good? What happens when you lose hope and how does that connect to hopelessness and despair? What tools do we have to work with these emotions? On Sunday, January 27th the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will hear a reflection on these questions and the ways that hopelessness can lead us to life-giving, challenging and realistic hope. The one hour service will be held at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center in Beach Lake, PA. All are invited and directions can be found at

The annual membership meeting with election of officers will be held immediately after the service. After the social time there will be a quarterly Board meeting.

January 20, 2019 (All day)

There will not be a service on this date sue to a winter storm. The service on Martin Luther King Jr will be held at a future date.

January 13, 2019 - 10:15am

Using the work of Rosamund Stone Zander, Benjamin Zander and Margaret Wheatley, Rev. Laurie Stuart will present a service entitled "It's All Possibility." Using story, written word and original music, the lively one-hour service will explore small steps we can take to open ourselves to the possibility of positive change in this uncertain time and the challenges it presents.

January 6, 2019 - 10:15am

A Portraits in Faith video will be presented featuring Lenny Baptiste, a First Nations (Indigenous) child who was forced into Catholic “residential schools” where he and many other youths experienced physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. The subject of forgiveness will be explored: When is it the right decision to not forgive someone for harming you?