UUCDC Sermons

Playin’ in the Band

To celebrate our community in story and song:  As we head into the summer, we enjoy a wonderful story of togetherness, remind ourselves of the joy of diversity, and commit ourselves to creating a more beautiful world.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Rebuilding the Stool by Replacing "Freedom, Reason, and Tolerance"

Since the mid-1900's, the Unitarian "stool" was said to be supported by the three legs of freedom, reason, and tolerance.  Rev. Peter reflects on that tradition and considers what the three legs of a contemporary Unitarian Universalist faith might be.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Why Unitarian Univeralism is called the "Living Tradition"

Dan Miyake speaks about why Unitarian Universalism is called the "Living Tradition", and how the denomination, rooted in tradition, embraces the idea that Truth is not sealed in dogma or creed.

Dan Miyake

The Legacy of Michael Servetus

Dan Miyake looks at where we came from as a denomination by exploring the life of Michael Servetus. Servetus was burned at the stake after being branded a heretic by John Calvin. His death served as a catalyst for a call for religious tolerance in Eastern Europe, which eventually spread throughout Western Europe and the New World. Many Unitarian Universalists today consider Servetus to be one of our denomination's proto-founding fathers. He is part of our Unitarian heritage and tradition. What can we learn from Servetus' tragic death that will help us move forward into a better future?
 

Dan Miyake

Who Are You?

Our 7th Principle speaks to the "interdependent web of life of which we are a part." That is, we cannot exist separate from others. As we explore the theme of "Revelation," Dan Miyake explores how our identity is directly informed and influenced by our relationships, and who we are is revealed to us by our interactions with others.

Dan Miyake

Selma Awakening

Three members of our congregation joined Rev. Peter on a pilgrimage to Selma, Alabama for the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday." This Sunday they share their experiences and what they learned about the struggle for civil rights and racial equality yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Marylin Huff
Ruth Hendry
Irene Friedrichs
Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Easter Sunday

This Sunday as we celebrate Easter! This, the greatest holiday on the Christian calendar, can present challenges to Unitarian Universalists. Hear three different reflections on how we can find meaning in the Easter story, as Rev. Peter, ministerial intern Dan Miyake, and religious educator Sandra Greenfield share their thoughts.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs
Sandra Greenfield
Dan Miyake

Good to Great, or Good Enough?

In light of the recent suicide of a middle school student at the Shipley School, this Sunday Rev. Peter reflects on the pressures we're putting on our children (and, often, ourselves) to excel, and the price we sometimes pay.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Faith in the Future

Rev. Forrest Church wrote that "religion is the human response to living with the knowledge that we're going to die." What do you believe happens when we die? Does this bring you comfort or leave you anxious and uneasy? This Sunday Rev. Peter reflects on how our faith can help us face our uncertain future.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Mending the Broken Places

Here at UUCDC, we are blessed to have a beloved community that both nurtures and sustains us. We give of ourselves, our time, and our treasures to ensure our congregation thrives. In this way, we know we can be resilient in the face of whatever challenges, brokenness, or problems we may face. But is it enough to only look inwardly? Can we imagine healing the brokenness outside of our church walls in such a way as to foster resilience in those communities that are most in need? Dan Miyake explores how we can use our treasures to mend the brokenness outside of our beloved walls.

Dan Miyake