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This Sunday March 25 - "Successful Failure"

As we wrap up our month-long examination of "Perseverance," this Sunday Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Josie Cressler will reflect on giving up and giving in. How do we know when it is time to let go, and what do we learn from not getting what we want? 

The plate collection at this service be be donated to the Media Food Bank, to help support the monthly food needs of several hundered Delco residents in need.

March 21 - Demand a Ban on Assault Weapons

Join others in the church, along with our friends from Delco United for Sensible Gun Policy and Heeding God’s Call, to engage on March 21, when we will occupy Senator Pat Toomey’s Philadelphia office and demand that he cosponsor an assault weapons ban. 

That is the action that I invite you to join if you are able, and I ask you to invite your friends to join you in this act of resistance. And if you’re not able to be there on March 21st, I can predict with absolute, horrific certainty, that there will be more vigils for more victims. There will be more protests. There will be more acts of resistance, because I have no doubt there will be more carnage and more killings in the weeks to come.

March 24 - "March for Our Lives" in Rose Tree Park

If you can't make it to Washington for the national "March for Our Lives" this Saturday, please support a "Sister March" and join Rev. Peter and many others who will be gathering at the big gazebo in Rose Tree Park at 11 am that same day. Additional information can be found by clicking here

Rev. Peter's Poem for March: Equipoise

It must be some kind of 
magic trick, with hidden 
wires and pulleys,
or maybe a confederate stands
behind the curtained valance.
How else could the sun, 
the moon, the earth hang 
in such perfect balance?

Media Food Bank Benefit Concert, This Sunday and January's Poem

February 3 from 3:30 to 6:15 - Media Food Bank Benefit Concert - A fun afternoon family friendly event for a great cause!  See the concert poster here and feel free to send it to friends and family.

This Sunday Feb. 4 - The Dreams They Dreamed - Stewardship Sunday

This Sunday marks the kick-off of our annual Fund Drive and the launch of our new monthly theme of "Persistence." Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Nathan Rivera will reflect on the idea of "Legacy." What does it mean to stand on the shoulders of those who came before us, and what responsibilities do we have to both those who came before us and those who will come after us? Music at both services will be provided by Dr. Richard Veleta.

Rev. Peter's Poem for January's theme, "Intention"

"For Chester"
I am tired of writing poems
that make us feel good about
ourselves. Poems written from
the comfort of a La-Z-Boy in
my living room, where the house 
is a cozy 70 and my bank account 
is set up to pay off my credit card
in full each month without needing
to worry the balance.

Happy Holidays and Rev. Peter's Poem

One Service on Dec. 31 at 10:00 am.

Rev. Peter's Poem for December's Theme, "Hope"

"Wish List" 

World Peace. Of course.
I mean, what kind of person
wouldn’t wish for that?
The end of hunger? Poverty?
Discrimination? I’m not sure what
should come next.
Compassion. For everyone.
Just so the list doesn’t
seem too sanctimonious,
a 1956 Gibson Les Paul
would be nice. Oh, and 
the chops to play it.
What about a week without
a disturbing revelation about
a man we admired, or any more
tweets from the White House?
I’d like Black Lives to matter, 
a tax plan that actually
helps the middle class, and
universal health care coverage.
Probably too much to ask,
but a guy can dream, can’t he?

This Sunday and Rev. Peter's Poem

Sunday Nov. 26 at UUCDC: "Service is Our Prayer"

One Service only at 10 am.

The call to serve others is at the heart of our faith. And when we have more than we need, it's easy to answer that call to serve.  But when our own lives don't feel so abundant, it may be harder to remember that serving others also helps ourselves. Kathy Alston will serve as worship associate and music will be provided by Dick Veleta.

Rev. Peter's Poem for November's Theme, "Abundance"

"Autumn Light" 

I wish I could write poems
with the soft autumn light,
with vocabulary of ochre and umber;
And words that slant through
streaked afternoon windows,
glowing, contented.

Rev. Peter's Poem, "The River" and "Reflections on Las Vegas Shootings"

The River (October's theme is "Courage")

All your life, a river has run
past your door.
You’ve chosen, finally,
to enter its flow.
The raft you’ve built is sound
and well-provisioned.
The paddle’s grip 
fits firmly in your hand.
Now, all that’s left to do 
is to push off 
from the safety of the shore.

Rev. Peter's Reflection on Las Vegas Shootings

And, so, we find ourselves reeling from yet another horrific mass shooting, this one of unbelievable proportion. The latest body count is 59 dead and more than 500 injured. Within a matter of minutes, an outdoor concert venue filled with revelers became a killing field. As one commentator put it last night, “This is the largest mass shooting in American history. Until the next one.” Words cannot describe the depth of my sadness for the families who lost their children, parents, friends in Las Vegas yesterday, and for those injured who will live with the trauma for the rest of their lives.

Rev. Peter's Poem "Welcome", our monthly theme


I welcome you…
The way the soil opens itself to rain,
and leaves absorb sunlight, 
exchanging it for breath.
As a bird spreads its wings to 
a rising current of air, sure it will be lifted,
and as the moon partners with the sun,
seeking only to reflect its brilliance.
The way a mother extends her arms to 
receive her newborn,
and the stars, pulsing with delight, 
receive us in the end.
As the glove receives the hand,
and the heart, though broken, love.
I welcome you.


Starting Sept. 17, there will be two services, one at 9:30 and one at 11:15 am. 
(Click "read more" for Rev. Peter's in depth reflections on his recent sabbatical.)

Two Reflections by Rev. Peter

1)  "Stand Against Hate" Rally for Delaware County on Aug. 13, 2017

Thank you to the organizers of this event and thank you to all of you for showing up. Because showing up is what we need to do. And we need to keep showing up, again and again and again. Fatigue and despair are not an option. So thank you for being here today. We are here today to condemn the violent display of white supremacy that occurred in Charlottesville yesterday. While we support every American’s right to peaceably assemble, just as we have assembled here this afternoon, there can be no doubt that assembling peaceably was not on the minds of the “Unite the Right” marchers in Charlottesville. You do not come to assemble peaceably armed with torches, clubs, shields, pepper spray, and semi-automatic weapons. Yesterday was a violent assembly aimed at the heart of our nation and all it stands for, and we are here today to say, in no uncertain terms, this will not stand.

There are some who want you to believe that there are “many sides” to what happened in Charlottesville yesterday. So, let me be clear: There are only two sides. On one side there is violence. On one side there is fear. On one side there is despair. On one side there is scarcity. On one side there is desperation. On one side is divisiveness. On one side there is moral bankruptcy. On one side there is hate. This is the side that showed up spewing Nazi slogans yesterday in Charlottesville yesterday. This is the side that wants to take us back to the dark days of division, where white power and white supremacy reign and black lives don’t matter.

"Reflections on Sabbatical" and Other Summer Happenings

Chrissy Bushyager Named New Director of Religious Education


Please welcome Chrissy in her new role!  She will begin serving as of August 1, 2017.  Read more about Chrissy and her qualifications here.!

"Reflections on Sabbatical" by Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Rev. Peter was on a sabbical from Feb. 1 to April 30, 2017 and has written his reflections of this time, which follow. He is very interested in hearing reactions/responses/feedback from the congregation by clicking here.


Late last summer, as I was standing on the patio behind our house with the canopy of a giant oak and a smaller maple spread over me, I found myself longing for the sky. In fact, I came inside and remarked to Irene, “I need more sky.” I was feeling closed in. Limited. Unable to see very far in any direction. Something was stirring inside of me, demanding my attention, and I knew I needed to listen to what it was telling me. My sabbatical was on the horizon, and I knew that it would give me the chance to pay attention to the “still, small voice” that some people call God. And, so, the timing of this sabbatical was perfect.


Poem for June and Other Happenings

The spiritual theme for June is "Joy"!

  "Morning Song" by Rev. Peter

Birds do not worry the morning
nor fret the rising sun.
They wait, expectant,
until its rays caress their downy necks.
Then, stretching,
They turn to face the day
and sing!

Chrissy Bushyager Named New Director of Religious Education

Please welcome Chrissy in her new role!  She will begin serving as of August 1, 2017.


Major Happenings in April!

1) "Questions to Ponder" from Erica Shadowsong, the Interim Direcetor of Spiritual Exploration

IT’S APRIL!  I am excited.  I am excited for you, because this is the month when all the plans for next year’s spiritual exploration begin to take solid form!  This year, you get to imagine a new year with a dynamic new religious educator.  I have no doubt that you will find that perfect fit.  I have always felt that UUCDC has much promise.

Click here for some things to be thinking about this month as we all anticipate meeting our permanent Director of Spritual Exploration!

2) Church Spring Clean-up on April 22 was a enjoyable success in the rain. :)

Property team leader, Dave Demarest, was pleased and thankful that all items on the check list were prefessionally completed by a great bunch of helpers!

3) Gala Banquet and Share the Plate to support Chester Eastside.

Our community outreach partner Chester Eastside Inc. transforms people's lives in Chester City every day.  You can support this organization in two ways this month; by contributing through the monthy "Share the Plate" Sunday April 9th, and attending the April 29 fundraiser dinner gala.  Read about it here!