UUCDC Sermons

What If?

This Sunday is a day to celebrate all that we are and all we can be at UUCDC! Please come prepared to make your "Five to Thrive!" financial commitment to the congregation for the upcoming year. Rev. Peter (a two-time Stewardship Sermon Award winner) offers his thoughts on thinking big and living large.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Everything you Always Wanted to Know About Our Faith... And Now You Can Ask

Continuing our monthly theme of "faith," this Sunday we have a chance to look more deeply at our own faith. What questions do you have about Unitarian Universalism? They might be questions about our history, our principles, our theology, or some other aspect you've always wondered about. Instead of preaching about UUism, Rev. Peter responds to your questions.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

All Will Be Well

The word "faith" has many meanings. This Sunday we'll explore what it means to have faith during times of trials and tribulations, how we trust (or not trust) that things will turn out okay, and how lost faith might be regained. In his sermon titled "All Will Be Well, our minsterial intern Dan Miyake shares his thoughts about how faith can help pull us out of the shadows of despair and give us hope.

Dan Miyake

A Skeptic's Faith

The monthly spiritual theme for February is "Faith." This Sunday, Rev. Peter offers his reflections on his journey as a "Faithful Skeptic." How do we simultaneously hold these two seemingly conflicting concepts - faith and skepticism - and make meaning of the events of our lives?

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

The Missing Piece of the Giving Tree

This Sunday we begin our exploration of January's spiritual theme of "Integrity." Rev. Peter considers what it means to live an integrated life, and how and where we find wholeness. 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Doing the Hokey Pokey: That's What It's All About

On this last Sunday of 2014, we take a more light-hearted approach to worship as Dan Miyake examines the wonderful role that humor plays in our lives. Be prepared to not only hear jokes and funny songs, but also to poke some good natured fun at ourselves as UUs.

Dan Miyake is UDCDC's Ministerial Intern for the 2014-15 church year.

Dan Miyake

Room at the Inn: a Christmas Eve Homily

Our 5 pm service is family friendly and features the UU Christmas pageant "A Wexford Carol" adapted by Bob Rowland. The 7:30 pm Candlelight service is more contemplative and the Christmas story is told with stories and carols. Rev. Peter takes us on an imaginary journey to a crowded inn long ago and far away.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Just the Facts, Ma'am

For those of a certain age, we remember Detective Joe Friday on the television show "Dragnet." When interviewing witnesses to a crime, he'd always demand "just the facts, ma'am." As UU's, we tend to want to know what is real, what is true. With this focus, we sometimes miss out on opportunities to experience wonder in our lives. Rev. Peter shares his thoughts on this topic.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Martin Isn't Coming

Rev. Peter elaborates on his recent pastoral letter to the congregation. He offers his perspective on recent and ongoing incidents of violence by police against unarmed African American men and boys and how it represents an epidemic of institutional racism in our country. What role do we have as Unitarian Universalists to respond?

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

The Wonder of it All

Rev. Peter offers a short reflection on "The Wonder of it All." Our thanks to our Director of Religious Education, Irene Friedrichs, and the members of the Religious Education Council for creating and coordinating the various workshops for our special "Deck the Halls" multigenerational service. This year we decorated the tree in the Sanctuary with mittens and scarves for local families who are in need of warm winter clothing. The children and adults joined the pairs of mittens together with colorful ribbon and the scarves were joined to create a long garland for the tree. One of the favorite workshops during our Deck the Halls service is decorating cookies. Cookies were served during coffee hour and the rest taken to our congregants who no longer can make it to church.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs