The season of worship at Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs officially begins this Sunday, June 25, with Tsering Ngodup Yodsampa, a staff chaplain at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and a visiting teacher at Bodhi Path Buddhist Center of Martha’s Vineyard. Mr. Yodsampa was born in Tibet in 1954 and during the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959, his family was exiled to Nepal. Since 1983, under the spiritual guidance of late HH Shamarpa, one of the highest lineage holder of the 900-year-old Tibetan Buddhist tradition, as well as the founder of the Bodhi Path Buddhist Center of Martha’s Vineyard, Tsering has interpreted, translated and taught Buddhist philosophy and meditation across five continents.

The summer season also includes many first time speakers at Union Chapel, including Dr. Paula Johnson, president of Wellesley College; Rev. Mariama White-Hammond from Bethel AME Church in Boston; Rev. Kenneth J. Kieffer from United Methodist Church, and Connecticut superintendent of Hamden, Conn.; Rev. Dr. Canon Sandye A. Wilson, rector of St. Andrew and Holy Communion Episcopal Church in South Orange, N.J.; and Rev. Julian A. Cook, pastor of St. Mark Congregational Church in Boston.

Returning preachers include Rev. Dr. John Wilson, president of Morehouse College; Rev. Susan Sparks of Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York city; Rev. Otis Moss, 3rd, of Trinity United Church in Chicago; and Rev. Calvin Butts of Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York city.

The season will conclude with Union Chapel’s own Trustee, Rev. Larry C. Green, Sr., at the pulpit on Sept. 4.

Sunday worship begins at 10 a.m., with an organ prelude at 9:40 a.m.

Union Chapel is located on Narragansett avenue at the intersection with Kennebec and Circuit avenues.