UUCDC Sermons


As we wrap up our examination of "Prophecy," Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Norma Lewis consider how effective we can be when we have so many "causes" calling us. How do we pick and choose? What happens when we feel overwhelmed?


Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Becoming Prophets

This Sunday's sermon is by Heather Petit. What does it mean to become prophets, individually and collectively as UUs? How do we become the people who help ourselves and each other find our way as we move into an unknown future?

Heather Petit is a UU seminarian and Aspirant to UU ministry, currently dual enrolled in both Starr King School for the Ministry and Lancaster Theological Seminary. Heather has a background in intercultural communication, and currently works as a senior IT consultant. A lifelong UU and UU preacher's kid, Heather is actively involved in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark, currently serving on the Membership Committee. She also has a spouse and four kids between the ages of 12 and 19.

Heather Petit

The Emperor’s New Clothes

We continue our exploration of this month's spiritual theme of "Prophecy" by celebrating the life and prophetic voice of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Rev. Peter and Interim Director of Spiritual Exploration Erica Shadowsong lead us in a multigenerational, interactive experience.
Rev. Peter Friedrichs

The Prophethood of All Believers

On this first "regular" Sunday of January, we begin our exploration of the spiritual theme of "Prophecy." UU theologian James Luther Adams promoted the idea that our faith requires us all to speak truth to power. He referred to this as "the prophethood of all believers." What does our faith require of us in the face of injustice?  Rev. Peter and worship associate Rob Sartain reflect on this theme.
Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Lessons from Last Year

Congratulations! You made it to 2017! In the words of musical satirist Tom Lehrer, 2016 really feels like “the year that was.” A lot of us are glad to have 2016 in our rearview mirrors. Right up to the end, it seemed that death and destruction followed wherever we went. Icons of our generations perished in alarming numbers. Massive storms and cyclones devastated coastal communities around the globe. England left Europe and, to many of us, America lost its mind. It wouldn’t have surprised me at all if scientists had announced the imminent collision of the planet with a hurtling asteroid before the clock struck 12 last night.  But at least that didn’t happen, so here we all are: a new day, a new year. In some ways this feeling reminds me of waking up on the morning of January 1, 2000 and finding that traffic lights and telephones were still working, that we could still log onto our computers. Remember that whole “Y2K” scare?
Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Cocoon Time

As we continue our December theme of "Presence," and as we near the Winter Solstice, Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Norma Lewis offer their perspectives on "Cocoon Time."  Sometimes to be present to what's most important, sometime to be open to transformation, we need to withdraw into a cocoon. What happens inside the chrysalis that transforms a caterpillar into a butterfly, and what might we learn from that process? 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Stop, In the Name of Love

This Sunday we explore the monthly spiritual theme of "Presence." Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Donna Harris reflect on the challenges of remaining present to both the beauty and the tragedy of the world, particularly during the Holiday season. 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

The Line Between Courageous and Stupid

We’ve all heard the stories that the most successful people in the world are risk takers. But there’s a problem with risk. Sometimes you win and then that risk is heralded as courageous and sometimes you don’t win. In that case, the internal dialog goes something like “what was I thinking?” Or, worse yet, “How could I be so stupid?” Where is the line between courageous and stupid? Is there one?

Marylin Huff

Love Will Guide Us

On this first Sunday after the election, we remind ourselves that our faith grounds us in principles of love. No matter what the future holds, love will guide us. 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

The Best Worst Thing

This Sunday we explore the monthly spiritual theme of "Story." Rev. Peter and Worship Associate John Davies reflect on the "plot twists" of our own personal stories by considering "the worst best things" that have happened in their own lives, and by inviting you to consider times in your life when something that appeared to be terrible actually turned out to be positive. 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs