UUCDC Sermons

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

Resistance is Futile

Our monthly spiritual theme for January is "Resistance." This Sunday, Rev. Peter examines the challenges we face when we encounter change and how we might overcome our resistance to change.  As we begin a New Year, what changes are calling you, and where are you feeling resistance? 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Turning

This Sunday, through music and story, we honor and celebrate the winter solstice, and look at how within ourselves we can shift our own perspectives away from darkness and toward the light. Special music at both services is provided by our very own "Solstice Singers:" Jean Lenke, Heidi Starr and Ann Seidman, accompanied by Pete Bretz and George Livanos. 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

The Tall Ones

I so wanted to preach a nice little Hanukkah sermon to you today. You know, a sermon that talked about the miracle of the lamp oil. Maybe it would teach a little history about the Macabees and how they resisted the forces of evil so that they could practice their faith. It was going to be a nice little sermon, really.  Then Wednesday happened, and there we were, forced to face another mass shooting, this time in San Bernardino, California. And I was faced with the decision whether to preach my nice little Hanukkah sermon, or to shift gears and find a way to address the horror of what happened. I was talking with one of my daughters about making that decision, and she said to me, “Dad, belonging to your church sounds exhausting.” And I took that observation seriously. Because I am guessing that many, perhaps most of you came to church this morning in search of some solace. In search of some consolation. In search of some comfort and, maybe, a little escape. And perhaps you were hoping for a nice little sermon about Hanukkah.

Well, if that’s what you were hoping for, I’m sorry to say that I won’t be meeting your expectation. Because as I considered my daughter’s remark, I have to say that it’s not our church that’s exhausting. It’s the world. The world is an exhausting place to live. And like it or not, what happens in this world comes right in through those doors and into this Sanctuary. And so, we need to face it head-on.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

A Personal Mythology

Heather Petit is our guest minister.  She is a lifelong UU, UU preacher's kid, and current seminarian at Starr King School for the Ministry. She is called to a career in community ministry, focused on communication, collaboration, and deeply lived values in the American corporate workplace. Heather lives in Delaware with her husband and four children, and is a board member of the UU Fellowship of Newark.

A Personal Mythology:  What we choose to tell as the story of our origins, whether personal or family origins, may or may not have anything to do with the facts, and has everything to do with our identity, context, and sense of purpose. In this season of gathering and storytelling, what stories do we choose to pass on, and why?

Heather Petit

Welcome Table

Welcome to our table! This table might look pretty ordinary; like a table you might have at your own home or maybe in your school. But it isn’t just any table. It is a Welcome Table. While this table before us is somewhat small, the actual Welcome Table is the largest table you can imagine. On the Welcome Table you’ll find all the food you can imagine, from apples to zucchini. Turkey and all the fixin’s. Rich and delicious vegetarian dishes. Vegan and gluten-free, too. And desserts! All the desserts you can imagine. On the Welcome Table you will find food from every land through every time. And at the Welcome Table, there is always enough food for everybody. You don’t have to worry if someone gets to the creamed spinach or the candied yams before you, because at the Welcome Table we never run out of food. Everyone can eat to their heart’s content.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

An Undeniable Legacy

As we continue our month-long exploration of "Ancestry," Rev. Peter reflects on the one lasting legacy that all Americans share: our history of slavery. He will look at how it impacts our ability to be in meaningful relationship with each other, and why our faith calls us to support the "Black Lives Matter" movement. 

An important issue was also highlighted at the service:  November 20th is the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, where communities around the nation come together to honor and remember those we’ve lost due to anti-transgender violence.  During the service, UUCDC members remember those lives tragically and needlessly taken from us this year.  A memorial Ofrenda table was on display during both fellowship hours. 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Roots Hold Us Close

Rev. Peter examines the roots of our Unitarian Universalist faith and the ancestors we claim as our own.  What can we learn from those who came before us as we face the challenge of living in the modern world?  

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Spilt Milk?

We all know the expression "don't cry over spilled milk." It's about letting go of mistakes, letting go of things in the past that don't serve us well. 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs