UUCDC Sermons

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

Letting Go … and Holding On, Too. [An unfinished play in (so far) 4 Acts]

This Sunday, our guest speaker the Reverend Alison Cornish asks us to consider those times when we have had to choose between holding on to or letting go of things, whether dreams, goals or commitments, and how we come to such decisions. 

The Rev. Alison Cornish is a Unitarian Universalist minister who served congregations for 10 years on Long Island, New York, before moving to Philadelphia in 2013. Since then, she has served as a community minister with nonprofit organizations. Currently Alison is the Executive Director of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light, and also a project manager for the Inter-Seminary Collaborative, a project of the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia. Alison and the Rev. Peter Friedrichs were classmates at Andover Newton Theological School.

The Reverend Alison Cornish

The Stories We Tell

This was a Multigenerational Service , by Rev. Peter and our Interim Director of Religious Education, Erica Shadowsong; with the story of the Three Little Pigs told in a way you've never heard it before. We reflect on how the stories we tell shape our lives and consider what stories we may need to "let go of" to live more fully into our values.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Lessons from the Trapeze

A trapeze artist knows that to fly you need to let go.  And at the heart of letting go is trust.  How do we trust that someone will be there to catch us when we finally get up the courage to let go?  

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

An Invitation to Serve

We proclaim that service is a core value of our Unitarian Universalist faith.  Where does that come from?  How does service relate to and support our spiritual growth?  And what is the "Growth Through Service" program all about? 
Rev. Peter Friedrichs

An Open Invitation

As we continue our theme of "Invitation," Rev Peter examines what it takes to extend a genuine invitation to those who are different from ourselves. How can we be generous in the invitations we extend to others? 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Be. Here. Now.

We’re all on a journey of hope and healing. Our lives aren’t a straight path that’s always full of sunshine and roses.  Sometimes it feels like all our magic is gone, or that love has abandoned us, or our dreams will never come true.  We realize that this journey we’re on is better when we have others to share it with.  Friends who understand us by our side.  Sometimes, we even make unlikely acquaintances along the way.  And sometimes those we happen to meet along the way, surprisingly, turn out to be invaluable companions. 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

When Enough Is Enough

How might we miss out on cultivating gratitude in our lives when we are constantly being bombarded with wants, needs, and products that we “must” have?  How might we counteract the pressures of the capitalistic society that we live in and appreciate more fully how much we really do have?  Join us to explore those things that we can truly be grateful for.

Jo Green currently is the Ministerial Intern at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Cherry Hill, having moved here from California where she spent the last 30 years.  She graduated in 2014 from Starr King School for the Ministry where she was Co-Student Body President.  She is very happy that she survived the winter and has grown to love this area of the country where she's never lived, with or without her beloved palm trees.

Jo Green