Past Year's Services

Past Year's Services

in reverse chronological order

All services are listed, even though some Sundays are missing from the list. Those Sundays were either moving days (to our “new” old church in Beattystown), snow days, or days on which we had a purely social activity such as a brunch or a picnic.

  • 10/14/2018 - Sanctuary: Share Your Umbrella -
    Josh Galster

    There’s a beautiful UU children’s story called “The Umbrella Sanctuary.” Its message is for kids and adults alike. In it, the umbrella represents the many ways others offer us sanctuary from the storms of life as well as the many ways we can pass on that shelter to others. The story also gently reminds us that we overlook opportunities to offer shelter and sanctuary every day.

  • 10/07/2018 - Service Sunday

    This is a Sunday for us to come together and work on beautifying the inside and outside of the Fellowship.

  • 09/30/2018 - Atonement: Reflections on Yom Kippur -
    Jennifer Palmer

    Jennifer Palmer will lead this service on Yom Kippur.  We will also have a potluck immediately after service.

  • 09/23/2018 - The Fall Equinox -
    Jennifer Palmer

    A time to remember cycles, seasons, the inevitability of change. A time to make an inner turn as nature makes a turn of Her own.

    Would you bring an item for the altar? A leaf from your favorite tree? Perhaps an acorn or an apple. What reminds you of autumn? Bring your contribution and place it on the altar before the service to help decorate.  (note:  made this bold since it's an ask for tomorrow)

    Coffee & Refreshments served after the service. Come get to know the others in our Fellowship.

  • 09/16/2018 - Creating your personal vision -

    We will explore what it means to have a personal vision statement, as well as think about creating one for ourselves.

  • 09/09/2018 - Water Service -
    Josh Galster

    Our first service for the fall will be our traditional in-gathering Water Service where we celebrate coming back together as a community.  If you remembered to collect a water sample (I never do) from a place you went to this summer please bring it, but there will also be water provided to be poured into a communal vase. 

  • 06/17/2018 - No service: Summer Break
  • 06/10/2018 - Annual Skylands Picnic

    Our annual end-of-year picnic will be Sunday June 10 at Jennifer Palmer's. Stay tuned for details and a list of what you can bring.

  • 06/03/2018 - RE Sunday: Celebrating our Children

    We will celebrate our children in this service as they share what they have learned in their religious education classes. This will be our last service unitil September.

  • 05/27/2018 - Service Sunday

    Come lending a helping hand to spruce up the building and grounds!

  • 05/20/2018 - Politics is personal -
    Iris Perrot

    After the 2016 election many were inspired to become more involved in politics. Member Iris Perrot will share her story about running for a political office.

  • 05/13/2018 - Flower Communion -
    Jennifer Palmer

    We will be celebrating the Flower Communion, a Skylands tradition. Please bring a flower(s) to contribute to a communal vase that will be the a central part of the program. The flowers can come from anywhere: your yard, a garden, etc. 

  • 05/06/2018 - Myanmar and the Rhoingya -
    Anne Kager

    Anne Kager will lead the service and share her knowledge about the refugee crisis in Myanmar and the Rhoingya people.

  • 04/29/2018 - Life with Joy -
    Susan Kolb

    We will have guest speaker Susan Kolb tell us about the transformative work of Life with Joy LLC   (  ), “a place where young adults with and without autism can meet new friends and learn new skills”.

  • 04/22/2018 - Celebrating Earth Day -
    Josh Galster

    We will be celebrating Earth Day using UU's theme "Justice for Each Generation".

  • 04/15/2018 - Despacho -
    Maureen Bonner

    In Peru, there is an ancient ceremony called the “Despacho.” Among the Quechua Indians, the despacho ceremony is the centerpiece of their spiritual and ritualistic heritage. The word means “sending a message or care package” in Spanish. It’s an act of love that reminds us of the interconnectedness shared between all beings, elements, spirits, and sacred places. Come learn about this meaningful ritual and participate in a Despacho ceremony this Sunday. 

  • 04/08/2018 - Service Sunday and Potluck!

    This is our traditional Service Sunday and Potluck.  Usually held on the first Sunday of every month, this Service Sunday will be on April 8 (no service on April 1).  Come donate your time, energy, and talents to help the building and grounds of SUUF look their best! It is amazing what a group of people working together can achieve.

  • 04/01/2018 - NO SERVICE EASTER SUNDAY April 1 -

    There will be no service this Sunday in order for us to spend time with our family and friends.

  • 03/25/2018 - Reconciliation: The Imam and the Pastor -
    Anne Kager

    Anne Kager will show the film and lead discussion of the documentary "Imam and the Pastor".  From the film's website: "At a time when many in the world are wondering whether friendly relations are possible between those of Muslim and Christian background, the Nigerian protagonists of this film emphatically assert that they are.

    In the 1990s, Pastor James Wuye and Imam Muhammad Ashafa led opposing, armed militias, dedicated to defending their respective communities as violence broke out in Kaduna, northern Nigeria. In pitched battles, Pastor James lost his hand and Imam Ashafa’s spiritual mentor and two close relatives were killed.

    Now the two men are co-directors of the Muslim-Christian Interfaith Mediation Centre in their city, leading task-forces to resolve conflicts across Nigeria."

    There will be religious education classes for the children.

    For more information on the film:

    For more information on the situation in Nigeria: 

  • 03/18/2018 - Rites of Spring -
    Jennifer Palmer

    This Sunday at SUUF at 10am, we will celebrate the Spring Equinox with our annual Rites of Spring.  This will be an earth-based intergenerational service with rituals for letting go of winter and and other baggage, as well as planting the seeds of Spring, rebirth and new intentions in our lives. If you wish, please bring a small item that reminds you of Spring to help decorate our communal alter- a flower or plant, photo of new baby in the family, statue of bird or rabbit, spring poem or a stone from your yard where the snow has melted, for example.

    Afterward there will be an egg hunt for the children.

  • 03/11/2018 - The music of Carolyn McDade -
    Josh Galster

    This service will explore the music and life of Carolyn McDade, who wrote many of the songs we and other UUs sing other Sundays. She also was a co-creator of the Water Service that we use as the first service of the fall.  Come learn more about the woman who doesn't identify as a UU but is still an important part of our faith.

  • 03/04/2018 - Service Sunday

    Join us for Service Sunday from 10 - 12 today!  We will work on various painting projects to help beautify our building.  No need to bring any supplies.  We will also be having a potluck lunch, so please bring something to share!

  • 02/25/2018 - Luminescence: a UU holiday -
    Josh Galster

    Luminescence celebrates that which makes Unitarian Universalism distinctive.   

    In this holiday, we celebrate the light that shines within each of us. We honor our Unitarian Universalist faith for allowing us to pursue spirit with reason. We express our commitment to the principles that guide us and to actions that transform the world.  And we celebrate the freedom our faith provides toward seeking our own personal truths. 

  • 02/18/2018 - Matthew Hardy, Community Education Coordinator at the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Warren County -
    Matthew Hardy

    The speaker will be Matthew Hardy, Community Education Coordinator at the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Warren County.  The speaker will address the topic of domestic abuse and sexual assault and will include ways to educate others against sexual harassment. He also will talk about the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Warren County. There will be plenty of time for questions.

  • 02/11/2018 - Side with Love -
    Jennifer Palmer

    Come to Skylands Unitarian Universalist Fellowship this Sunday 2/11 to help us wrap up our Side with Love Campaign. 

    Side with Love is an campaign promoting respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every person. 

    Side with Love confronts issues of exclusion, oppression, and violence based on identity. With the goal of creating beloved community, the campaign pursues social change through advocacy, public witness, and speaking out in solidarity with those whose lives are publicly demeaned. At the end of our service we will be creating messages of thanks and love.

  • 02/04/2018 - Service Sunday

    We'll gather together this Sunday to work together on some projects within our building.  The main task at hand will be clearing out the basement because we have new flooring going in on this day!!  Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.  This is also usually Potluck Sunday, though we'll have limited ability to have crockpots plugged in, etc.  That said, any simple, easy to foods would be much appreciated!!

  • 01/28/2018 - Examining our Fourth UU principal—A free and responsible search for truth and meaning -
    Jennifer Palmer

    We will gather at Skylands UU Fellowship to wrap up our discussion series focused on our Fourth UU principal—A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.


    As part of the service, we will watch the movie Sing from the Spiritual Cinema Series:

    “Sing (HungarianMindenki, means "Everybody") is a Hungarian short film directed and written by Kristóf Deák. Set in 1991, it follows the story of a girl who moves to a new elementary school and becomes a member of the award-winning school choir. In 2017, the movie won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film at the89th Academy Awards.”

    The 20 minute film is in Hungarian, with subtitles,  and is appropriate for middle school kids and older.

  • 01/21/2018 - Celebrating Religious Freedom: the 450th anniversary of Edict of Torda -
    Josh Galster

    The 450th Anniversary of the Edict of Torda will take place on January 13, 2018. And UU congregations around the world will be celebrating the Anniversary with special worship services this month.  The Edict of Torda established the freedom of religion and is one of our oldest branches of our unitarian past. Come celebrate the anniversary of this groundbreaking event!

  • 01/07/2018 - Matter and Anti Matter -
    Rob O'Connell

    Matter and antimatter should exist in equal amount in the universe, leading to their mutual annihilation, leaving a universe full only of photons. Why is there anything else?

    This service relates to our 4th UU principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.



    Children's story - an ABC of particle physics.



    See attachments for the talk notes and the accompanying slides.


  • 01/07/2018 - A Willingness to be Challenged by Martin Luther King Jr's Message in Today's World and Context -
    Marin Martin and Phil Garber

    A discussion of prejudice vs. racism, conflict vs. non-violence

  • 12/31/2017 - No Service
  • 12/24/2017 - UU Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols -
    Marin Martin
  • 12/17/2017 - Hanukkah/Religious Freedom
  • 12/10/2017 - Solstice Celebration

    Intergenerational Solstic Celebration and decorating the sanctuary

  • 12/03/2017 - Growing Up with Deaf Parents -
    Sean Henriques
  • 11/26/2017 - No Service

    Enjoy the Thanksgiving weekend!

  • 11/12/2017 - Annual Fellowship Business Meeting / New Member Recognition / Potluck

    We will begin at 10am sharp  for our Annual Fellowship Business Meeting.  At this meeting we will hear a budget report for 2017 and vote on the 2018 plan.  We will hear committee reports and then vote for open positions on the board. We will discuss ways that all of us can be involved in the life of the congregation. While only members may actually vote, all friends are warmly  welcome and you may join at any time. We would like every member to attend or make a plan to vote by proxy .  There will be childcare arranged for the children starting at 10am

    We will also formally welcome new members who have signed the book in 2017 with a brief ceremony.


    And at 11:30,  after the work is done, we will put away our pens and paper and lay down the tablecloths for a

    GOODBYE POTLUCK LUNCH for Tony and Mary Van der Mude.  The Van der Mude’s were active members for many years until Tony took a new job in Massachusetts a year ago, and Mary got busy getting their home ready for market. Well, unfortunately for us, the time has finally come to say good bye as they have set a closing date for the end of the month. Please help us remember and celebrate everything these lovely people gave to the Fellowship and wish them Good Luck in their new home.


    We have set tables up in the sanctuary for the meeting and meal.  We will have electric warming trays and extension cords for crockpots on a back table.  If anyone is available to come early on Sunday to move up paper goods and coffee pots and supplies, that would be great. A clean-up crew will be needed as well.

  • 11/05/2017 - Service Sunday + Potluck

    For this Sunday, November 5th, SET YOUR CLOCK BACK and catch some extra relaxing at home (or use the time to organize a potluck dish J ) before gathering with us at 10am.


    We will have a short service to check in with each other and review our organizational structure and the board positions that are opening up for the coming year.


    Then we will have a Service Sunday and potluck lunch.  It may be rainy, but we have some inside tasks and organizing to do-and always outside fun for those in outside gear. There will be activities for the children to help with. Even if you choose not to work on a maintenance project on Sunday, please come to hear about the board positions.  We are also gathering ideas for future programs.

  • 10/22/2017 - Fellowship of the Wilderness -
    Jack Donohue

    Jack Donohue has been a segment hiker on the Appalachian Trail for over 20 years. Hiking is his love and passion. “Life is made up of small comings and goings, and for everything a man takes with him there is something he must leave behind”. (Jack’s Trail journal) Jack will share his motivation, stories and photos of his AT experiences.