Sunday Dec. 24 at UUCDC will be a Christmas Celebration!
Sunday December 24 (One Service @10 am): "The Gospel According to 'Mary'"
Mary Oliver's poetry speaks deeply to our human experience and is often considered "scripture" in Unitarian Universalist churches. On this the morning of Christmas Eve, Rev. Peter will offer a service celebrating the poetry of Mary Oliver. Join us for this service of poetry, music and reflection at 10 am. Ann Seidman and Gabby Sacks will offer their musical gifts. There is one service at 10 am.
Christmas Eve Services:
- At 5:00 we will offer a "Service of Stories and Songs" to celebrate the holiday, taking us on a journey from the secular to the sacred sure to be enjoyed by children of all ages. Several musical guests will offer their gifts in this multigenerational experience.
- At 7:30 we will offer a traditional "Service of Lessons and Carols" that will include musical offerings from the UUCDC Choir, directed by Bob Rowland and accompanied by Joy Thiessen.
Rev. Peter's Poem for December's Theme, "Hope"
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"
The River (October's theme is "Courage")
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.
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.
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.
The spiritual theme for June is "Joy"!
"Morning Song" by Rev. Peter
Chrissy Bushyager Named New Director of Religious Education
Please welcome Chrissy in her new role! She will begin serving as of August 1, 2017.
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!
1) The Annual Fund Drive is underway! Learn all about it here!
2) Search for a new Director of Religious Education
UUCDC seeks a DRE to lead the congregation’s Religious Education program. The DRE facilitates the delivery of programming for the spiritual enrichment of children and youth in accord with the congregation’s core values. Click here to learn all about it!
3) Rev. Peter's poem this month is based on the spiritual theme for February, "Identity".
Chile, Chocolate and Home Brew Challenge!
Dont miss this fun, popular community event on Feb. 11, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm!
Rev. Peter's poem this month is based on the spiritual theme for January, "Prophecy".