Rev. Peter Friedrichs, Minister of UUCDC
We're pleased to have you explore our web site and learn more about who we are and what we do here. I think you'll find that we are a dynamic group of people who hold diverse beliefs within a context of shared values. While our faith has roots in Christian traditions that date back some 500 years, we are a progressive, liberal religious community that welcomes anyone who seeks the path to a more meaningful and fulfilling way of living. Whether you identify as Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Humanist, agnostic or atheist, or whether you are searching for a faith identity to call your own, we invite you to join us on our journey.
One of the ways we help each other discover and claim our beliefs is by sharing our stories, so I'll share a part of mine. I was raised in the Catholic church, but left that faith as a teenager. I did not attend any church again until I discovered Unitarian Universalism in 1987. My discovery of our faith opened my eyes to new possibilities and potentials for religion. I had never heard of a church that did not require you to subscribe to a particular creed or set of beliefs, let alone one that actually supported you in your own personal search for truth and meaning. But that is exactly what Unitarian Universalism is all about. I quickly found a comfortable faith home (as well as a warm and loving community) at my local Unitarian Universalist church. After serving as a lay leader in various capacities and working for nearly twenty years in law and business, I answered my call to ministry in 2002. I graduated from Andover Newton Theological School in 2006 and began serving as the pastor of UUCDC in August of that year.
Our Weekly Benediction:
"For those who come here seeking God,
may God go with you.
For those who come embracing Life,
may Life return your affections.
And for those who come to seek a path,
may a way be found, and the courage
to take it, step by step."
Here you will find many people who share stories similar to mine. While some in our congregation claim Unitarian Universalism as their "birthright," the vast majority of our members were raised in other faith traditions, or in no tradition at all. I often say that "we are a community of seekers." Like a group of hikers seeking a way to the top of a mountain, we explore and discover the many paths that lead upward. Some may feel energized to take the lead and head straight up the ridge, while others are still preparing their provisions at the base camp. Some enjoy the security of a well-worn route, while others prefer to blaze fresh trails on their own. Yet no matter where we are or how we choose to climb, we share the same journey, and we are committed to offering each other guidance and support along the way.
I hope that you'll explore our web site, and that what you see will intrigue you enough that you'll come visit us. Our Sunday worship services (which begin at 9:15 and 11:15, and typically run about an hour) are a great introduction to who we are and what we're all about. We provide child care for our youngest members and weekly religious education classes for pre-school through seventh grade (starting at 9:15 through sixth, and 11:15 for seventh). Our high school youth groups meet on Sunday evenings.
Please feel free to call me if you have any questions about our church or our faith, and please be sure to introduce yourself to me on Sunday morning!
Follow this link if you would like to read/hear/view some of Rev. Peter's sermons.
Rev. Peter also writes articles and provides video homilies for the Church of the Larger Fellowship, the online UU church. Watch his CLF homilies on the UUCDC YouTube channel, or visit the CLF website.
You can also follow Rev. Peter's UU Collective blog.