UUCDC Sermons

Lessons from Last Year

Congratulations! You made it to 2017! In the words of musical satirist Tom Lehrer, 2016 really feels like “the year that was.” A lot of us are glad to have 2016 in our rearview mirrors. Right up to the end, it seemed that death and destruction followed wherever we went. Icons of our generations perished in alarming numbers. Massive storms and cyclones devastated coastal communities around the globe. England left Europe and, to many of us, America lost its mind. It wouldn’t have surprised me at all if scientists had announced the imminent collision of the planet with a hurtling asteroid before the clock struck 12 last night.  But at least that didn’t happen, so here we all are: a new day, a new year. In some ways this feeling reminds me of waking up on the morning of January 1, 2000 and finding that traffic lights and telephones were still working, that we could still log onto our computers. Remember that whole “Y2K” scare?
Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Cocoon Time

As we continue our December theme of "Presence," and as we near the Winter Solstice, Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Norma Lewis offer their perspectives on "Cocoon Time."  Sometimes to be present to what's most important, sometime to be open to transformation, we need to withdraw into a cocoon. What happens inside the chrysalis that transforms a caterpillar into a butterfly, and what might we learn from that process? 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Stop, In the Name of Love

This Sunday we explore the monthly spiritual theme of "Presence." Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Donna Harris reflect on the challenges of remaining present to both the beauty and the tragedy of the world, particularly during the Holiday season. 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

The Line Between Courageous and Stupid

We’ve all heard the stories that the most successful people in the world are risk takers. But there’s a problem with risk. Sometimes you win and then that risk is heralded as courageous and sometimes you don’t win. In that case, the internal dialog goes something like “what was I thinking?” Or, worse yet, “How could I be so stupid?” Where is the line between courageous and stupid? Is there one?

Marylin Huff

Love Will Guide Us

On this first Sunday after the election, we remind ourselves that our faith grounds us in principles of love. No matter what the future holds, love will guide us. 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

The Best Worst Thing

This Sunday we explore the monthly spiritual theme of "Story." Rev. Peter and Worship Associate John Davies reflect on the "plot twists" of our own personal stories by considering "the worst best things" that have happened in their own lives, and by inviting you to consider times in your life when something that appeared to be terrible actually turned out to be positive. 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Healing into Wholeness

Much of our language around healing is not about wholeness, but about ableness. Shifting our frame from the ideals of ableism to a deeper understanding of wholeness can help us heal ourselves. This change in perspective also enables us to bear supportive witness to the wholeness of others, whether they are healing by our definition or not.

Heather Petit is a UU seminarian currently dual enrolled at Starr King School for the Ministry, and Lancaster Theological Seminary. She is a lifelong UU, and a UU preacher's kid. Heather has a background in intercultural communication, and is interested in working in the American corporate workplace to help companies serve their values within the company and in their communities. She lives in Newark, Delaware, with her husband and four children.

Heather Petit

November 9

When we wake up on the day after the election, there will be a winner and there will be a loser. Regardless of which side we're on, we will need to begin to heal as a nation.  Where might we find models of reconciliation to help us move forward together?  Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Norma Lewis offer their thoughts.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Our Healing Heritage

As we continue to explore the monthly spiritual theme of "Healing," this Sunday Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Donna Harris consider the history and heritage of Unitarian Universalism as a "saving faith." Our theology has welcomed many and made a difference in the lives across generations. How might it help heal us?

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Reading the Landscape

What is the story of a place, and how do we find it out?  An unfamiliar landscape can tell us its story, when it contradicts our expectations.  But it is much harder to read the story of home, a place so familiar, you don't even notice it anymore.  Having the perspective of a guest - an interim religious educator - can provide a window view into the home from the outside. If the church were to tell its "story" of religious education, what would that story be? Our Interim Director of Spiritual Exploration, Erica Shadowsong,  delivers this week's message and Rev. Peter Friedrichs serves as worship associate. 
Erica Shadowsong