UUCDC Sermons

Bless the World

Every day we're faced with choices about how we approach our lives and each other, and how we will be in the world. In the words of Unitarian Universalist theologian Rebecca Parker, we can "choose to bless or curse the world." What would it be like if we chose to bless the world?   Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Chrissy Bushyager reflect on this question.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Everyone a Blessing

The monthly spiritual theme for May is "Blessing." This Sunday, with stories told by members of our LGBTQIA community, followed by the homily by Rev. Peter below, we affirm our First Principle and celebrate the blessing that every person is to the world. 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Voices for the Earth

This Sunday celebrates "Earth Day" with a special service presented by members of the congregation's "Green Sanctuary" group and the homily by Rev. Peter below.  Come hear several reflections on our connections to the planet and celebrate our Mother Earth together on this special day!

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Liberation as Salvation

As the Christian world celebrates the holiest day on its calendar, Rev. Peter reflects on the monthly theme of "Liberation" by considering "Liberation as Salvation."

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

I Think, Therefore I Am... I Think? - Considering the Liberating Potential to be found in What We think.

As we continue our examination of March's theme of "Liberation," Cindy Terlazzo, a UU seminarian from Lancaster Seminary, explores the liberating potential contained within our thoughts by exploring questions such as: Do our thoughts matter? Does the way we think about life determine our experience of it?  And if our thoughts do matter, what are the implications for ourselves and the world around us?

Cindy Terlazzo

Rest in the Storm

As we conclude the month's theme of "Desire", we acknowledge that we just can't have and do and be everything we want. Sometimes our bodies and our spirits simply need to take a break, a respite from everything that drives us and demands our attention.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

The Birds and the Bees and the Bible

In honor of Valentine's Day and our monthly theme of "Desire," this Sunday our service looks at what the Bible has to say about sex. Can we find messages in the Bible that encourage healthy physical relationships between people? Are there "sex-positive" passages in the Bible that our Puritan forefathers made sure we never heard about? 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Rilke and Rumi: Poets of Longing

Benedictine Sister Macrina Wiederkehr says, "There are no experts in prayer…. only people who have been faithful to the ache."  Poets Jalāl ad-Dīn Rūmī and Rainer Maria Rilke came from different traditions and lived more than 600 years apart, but they knew that ache and expressed their longing for the Holy in poems that continue to sing in our hearts today. 

Rev. Libby Smith

Vision 2025

Rev. Peter offers up something of a "State of the Congregation" message that explores his vision for the congregation for the next 10 years or so.  Where are we headed as a faith community?  What are we called to do and who are we called to be?  What challenges do we face?  These are some of the "Big Questions" he will address. 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Celebrating King's Legacy

This service recognizes and celebrates the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Rev. Peter and Interim DRE Erica Shadowsong lead the service, which includes an opportunity to explore the importance of empathy while pursuing justice.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs