Past Services

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?

December 30, 2018 - 10:15am

The Hero's Journey

Tom Lisenbee, local poet and author, will ring out the old and in with the new with a service centered around a heartwarming video tale of rescue and release entitled "The Hero's Journey". The one hour service, presented by the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, will be held on Sunday, December 30th at 10:15 a.m. It will take place at the Berlin Township Community Center in Beach Lake, PA and will be followed by discussion and a social time with light refreshments. For directions, visit

December 23, 2018 (All day)

With many of our Fellowship members travelling for the Christmas holiday, we will not be having a service this Sunday. We do wish all a joyous and safe holiday season filled with love.

December 16, 2018 - 11:00am

We will gather at the home of a member for a festive holiday celebration which will include a potluck lunch and some sharing of cheer.

December 9, 2018 - 10:15am

On Sunday, December 9th Tom Lisenbee, local poet and musician, will present a reading "God, don't take the name in vain" from Yuval Harari's recent book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. Harari is an Israeli historian and a tenured professor in the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is also the author of the international bestsellers Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow.

In this recent book he focuses on the present time and the problems and issues we’re facing (terrorism, fake news and immigration) and offers some solutions. and has tips on how to navigate the future we face – with the power of clarity.

The one hour service, sponsored by the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, will be held at 10:15 a.m. at the Berlin Township Community Center in Beach Lake, PA. Directions can be found at

December 2, 2018 - 10:15am

Richard Williams, Director of the Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network (UUPLAN) will present a service on the topic of "What Now? What's Next?" It's a brief description of the current state of social justice in Pennsylvania and the nation. It includes some thoughts about how our faith might be more effective. UU Plan works together in common cause to embrace, articulate, and advocate for all goals of social and environmental justice. Some of the current political trends in PA are directly threatening to UU values regarding the rights and dignity of individuals, the democratic process, caring for our environment, and the rights of women and people of color. Through monthly online justice team meetings, action alerts and lobbying efforts they promote values to policy makers to advance just legislation.

Richard Williams grew up in Sioux City, Iowa and has been a UU since birth. After studying architecture in New York State, he settled in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and formed an architectural firm that has evolved into Williams Kinsman Lewis Architecture. The firm provides a variety of planning and architecture services throughout the northeastern United States.

In 1991 with support from the Joseph Priestley District and the Pennsylvania Universalist Convention, he was part of the group that chartered the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Wyoming Valley.

In 2011, Richard was the only Independent elected to the 11-person Luzerne County Council. His service on the Luzerne County Council ended in early 2018. He chose not to run for re-election. He lives in Kingston, Pennsylvania.