UUCDC Sermons

The Courage of Our Convictions

Our Unitarian Universalist principles provide the framework for our relationships with each other in the church, with those we meet beyond our walls, and with the world at large. Do we have the courage to stick to them in challenging times? Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Josie Cressler offer their reflections on this question.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Courage Abounds, Courage Abides

This Sunday, in honor of National Coming Out Day, we  take a little different tack than in past years.  Instead of hearing  "coming out" stories from members of the LGBTQ community, we're going to hear stories from family members of LGBT children and youth. Four members of PFLAG, an organization that provides support to parents, family members, and friends of lesbian and gay children, will share their stories about their courageous children and what it is like to be an effective ally. 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Quiet Courage

As we begin our exploration of this month's spiritual theme of "Courage," Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Norma Lewis offer their reflections on the courage it takes to build deep relationships of trust.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Entertaining Angels

As we conclude our examination of this month's spiritual theme of "Welcome," and in recognition of the Jewish High Holidays, Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Nathan Rivera reflect on the meaning and impact of the text from the Book of Genesis found in chapter 18 of the Hebrew Bible. What does this text tell us about how we extend hospitality to "the other?"

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Embracing Uncertainty

It's been said that the only constant in our lives is change. As we continue our month-long exploration of the spiritual theme of "Welcome," Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Rob Sartain reflect upon how we might understand, welcome and even possibly embrace the uncertainty in our lives. 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Ingathering Sunday Service

This Sunday was our annual multigenerational Ingathering Service. We meet in the circle outside the church and then process into the church together to kick off a new year. During the service we installed Chrissy Bushyager, our new Director of Religious Education, and commissioned many of our volunteers. Congregation members were asked to bring a stone from summer wanderings to be blessed during the service, which are used throughout the church year for our "Joys and Concerns" segment of each service. The service was followed by an all-church picnic hosted and provided by the UUCDC Board of Trustees.

There is only audio available for this service so please listen.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Everyday Sacred

Today's sermon explores the mystery and wonder to be found in our everyday lives.  The invitation for all of us is to look at our lives with a fresh vision and renewed appreciation for the ordinary.
 
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Cindy Terlazzo

Theology of Caregiving

Being responsible for the care of anyone is a spiritual journey - whether we are caring for a child, a relative, a friend, or even ourselves. Our theologies and beliefs inform how we encounter this part of our lives, and affect how other people experience us. What does it mean to have a theology of caregiving, and how can we be more intentional in caring as embodied expression, whatever form of care we offer? 
 
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Heather Petit

Religious Laughter

Religion has a reputation for being pretty serious, but every religious tradition has its share of humor. Let's look at the serious role that laughter plays in religious life - and laugh together as we do it.

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Rev. Libby Smith

Where do we go from here?

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. asked, “where do we go from here?”  That’s a timely question for UUs in 2017.  With the recent discontent this spring, it’s time to examine Unitarian Universalism and its prospects for the future. 

Only the audio is available for this sermon.  Please listen!

Connie Simon