UUCDC Sermons

Healing into Wholeness

Much of our language around healing is not about wholeness, but about ableness. Shifting our frame from the ideals of ableism to a deeper understanding of wholeness can help us heal ourselves. This change in perspective also enables us to bear supportive witness to the wholeness of others, whether they are healing by our definition or not.

Heather Petit is a UU seminarian currently dual enrolled at Starr King School for the Ministry, and Lancaster Theological Seminary. She is a lifelong UU, and a UU preacher's kid. Heather has a background in intercultural communication, and is interested in working in the American corporate workplace to help companies serve their values within the company and in their communities. She lives in Newark, Delaware, with her husband and four children.

Heather Petit

November 9

When we wake up on the day after the election, there will be a winner and there will be a loser. Regardless of which side we're on, we will need to begin to heal as a nation.  Where might we find models of reconciliation to help us move forward together?  Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Norma Lewis offer their thoughts.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Our Healing Heritage

As we continue to explore the monthly spiritual theme of "Healing," this Sunday Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Donna Harris consider the history and heritage of Unitarian Universalism as a "saving faith." Our theology has welcomed many and made a difference in the lives across generations. How might it help heal us?

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Reading the Landscape

What is the story of a place, and how do we find it out?  An unfamiliar landscape can tell us its story, when it contradicts our expectations.  But it is much harder to read the story of home, a place so familiar, you don't even notice it anymore.  Having the perspective of a guest - an interim religious educator - can provide a window view into the home from the outside. If the church were to tell its "story" of religious education, what would that story be? Our Interim Director of Spiritual Exploration, Erica Shadowsong,  delivers this week's message and Rev. Peter Friedrichs serves as worship associate. 
Erica Shadowsong

Charlotte Was Burning

The sermon for today was scheduled to be titled "The Promise of the Welcome Table"  and to discuss how we sometimes use the image of the "Welcome Table" as a metaphor for the inclusive community that we hope and dream of. It's a warm and inviting image, for sure. As a conclusion to our month-long examination of the theme of "Covenant," Rev. Peter planned to reflect on what happens once we're all gathered around the table. How do we make sure that everyone is fed and that everyone stays through dessert?  But "Charlotte Was Burning" and a sermon about covenant and conflict felt so inadequate.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Fear or Faith

As we continue our examination of the monthly theme of "covenant," Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Rob Sartain reflect on how our relationships support us in our attempts to overcome fear. In a season where we are being encouraged to be fearful, how does our faith call us to respond from a deeper and higher place?

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Bound Together by Love

As we begin a new church year, Rev. Peter invites us to once again renew our vows to this church and to each other. He invites us to love each other, no matter what the year ahead may bring. He invites us to nurture that love by nurturing each other and by extending our compassionate hearts to each other. He invites us to risk all that we have and all that we are in the name of that love. And then, from the love that we give and receive in this community of faith, He invites us to go out and love the "hell" out of this world. 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Do Justice, Love Kindness and Walk Humbly

How might the words from the Hebrew prophet Micah inspire and inform the promises and commitments we make to each other, our community and the world?  

Karen Lee Scrivo is a candidate for Unitarian Universalist ministry.  She recently finished a ministerial internship at the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland. In her past lives, Karen has been a journalist, a Montessori teacher and the manager of a State Department study program for international journalists. She and her husband, Ken Shilling, are the parents of a grown son, Kelson, who is a graduate student in the neuroscience program at the University of Maryland Medical School in Baltimore.

Karen Lee Scrivo

Naming Ourselves and Our World

One of the greatest responsibilities many of us will undertake is to name a child. Traditions and customs about naming are an integral part of most cultures and religions. Our names are a significant part of our lives.

Heather Gehron-Rice is a graduate of J.P. McCaskey High School and alumnae of Hood College, Frederick, MD. She is a veteran of the United States Coast Guard with three Humanitarian and a National Defense medals.  Heather lived in Cape May, NJ, Governors Island, New York City, and Cape Cod, MA before moving back to Lancaster City in 1999.  Heather earned her Master of Divinity from Lancaster Theological Seminary in 2007.  She is a recovering perfectionist and a voracious reader with a strong commitment to social justice.  Heather enjoys swimming and is currently spending a lot of time at the pool!

Heather Gehron-Rice

The Spirituality of an Atheist

"Religion is what's written down. Spirituality is an inside job.” As a religion which has no definitional creed, no doctrine, we struggle to find language that embraces us all. 

Reverend Kate Seitz Bortner, a UU Community Minister, has served the York City Police Department, the UUs of Gettysburg and the UU Congregation of York, PA.  Currently part of our Regional Seminarians In-Care team, Kate provides vocational support and encouragement to UUs studying for the ministry. She is part of York Hospital’s Spiritual Care and Education program; a member of South Central PA First Responders Critical Incident Stress Management Team (CISM). She and husband, Lynn, have leapt into the magical world of FaceTime since their daughter and granddaughter moved to Hawaii.

Kate Seitz Bortner