UUCDC Sermons

Charlotte Was Burning

The sermon for today was scheduled to be titled "The Promise of the Welcome Table"  and to discuss how we sometimes use the image of the "Welcome Table" as a metaphor for the inclusive community that we hope and dream of. It's a warm and inviting image, for sure. As a conclusion to our month-long examination of the theme of "Covenant," Rev. Peter planned to reflect on what happens once we're all gathered around the table. How do we make sure that everyone is fed and that everyone stays through dessert?  But "Charlotte Was Burning" and a sermon about covenant and conflict felt so inadequate.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Fear or Faith

As we continue our examination of the monthly theme of "covenant," Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Rob Sartain reflect on how our relationships support us in our attempts to overcome fear. In a season where we are being encouraged to be fearful, how does our faith call us to respond from a deeper and higher place?

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Bound Together by Love

As we begin a new church year, Rev. Peter invites us to once again renew our vows to this church and to each other. He invites us to love each other, no matter what the year ahead may bring. He invites us to nurture that love by nurturing each other and by extending our compassionate hearts to each other. He invites us to risk all that we have and all that we are in the name of that love. And then, from the love that we give and receive in this community of faith, He invites us to go out and love the "hell" out of this world. 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Do Justice, Love Kindness and Walk Humbly

How might the words from the Hebrew prophet Micah inspire and inform the promises and commitments we make to each other, our community and the world?  

Karen Lee Scrivo is a candidate for Unitarian Universalist ministry.  She recently finished a ministerial internship at the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of Maryland. In her past lives, Karen has been a journalist, a Montessori teacher and the manager of a State Department study program for international journalists. She and her husband, Ken Shilling, are the parents of a grown son, Kelson, who is a graduate student in the neuroscience program at the University of Maryland Medical School in Baltimore.

Karen Lee Scrivo

Naming Ourselves and Our World

One of the greatest responsibilities many of us will undertake is to name a child. Traditions and customs about naming are an integral part of most cultures and religions. Our names are a significant part of our lives.

Heather Gehron-Rice is a graduate of J.P. McCaskey High School and alumnae of Hood College, Frederick, MD. She is a veteran of the United States Coast Guard with three Humanitarian and a National Defense medals.  Heather lived in Cape May, NJ, Governors Island, New York City, and Cape Cod, MA before moving back to Lancaster City in 1999.  Heather earned her Master of Divinity from Lancaster Theological Seminary in 2007.  She is a recovering perfectionist and a voracious reader with a strong commitment to social justice.  Heather enjoys swimming and is currently spending a lot of time at the pool!

Heather Gehron-Rice

The Spirituality of an Atheist

"Religion is what's written down. Spirituality is an inside job.” As a religion which has no definitional creed, no doctrine, we struggle to find language that embraces us all. 

Reverend Kate Seitz Bortner, a UU Community Minister, has served the York City Police Department, the UUs of Gettysburg and the UU Congregation of York, PA.  Currently part of our Regional Seminarians In-Care team, Kate provides vocational support and encouragement to UUs studying for the ministry. She is part of York Hospital’s Spiritual Care and Education program; a member of South Central PA First Responders Critical Incident Stress Management Team (CISM). She and husband, Lynn, have leapt into the magical world of FaceTime since their daughter and granddaughter moved to Hawaii.

Kate Seitz Bortner

My Life Matters: Perspective from a Black UU

Unitarian Universalists have a long history of anti-racism and anti-oppression activism.  Connie Simon offers her perspective as a Black UU on why it’s critical we remain committed to this important cause and shares some thoughts on how we can make our congregations and communities stronger and more united.

Connie Simon says her life is a ministry devoted to the principles of Love, Integrity, Knowledge and Service and describes herself as a “Creative Spirit who just came here to help.”   She currently serves as Director of the Center for Employment and Training at the People’s Emergency Center in Philadelphia and is also pursuing a Master of Divinity degree as a full-time student at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago.

Connie Simon

The Unitarian Universalist Babel Fish

The babel fish is described in the book The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy as a small, yellow, leech-like fish that if you stick one in your ear, you can instantly understand anything said to you in any form of language. UUs are an eclectic bunch. Some are lifelong UUs and grow up understanding the language of the faith; some are ‘converts” from other similar faiths and have to adjust to a new dialect of a familiar language; and for some it is a “foreign language” that needs to be learned, translated and interpreted for it to make sense within the context of their background and history. Humanists, atheists and agnostics in particular struggle with the “religious” aspect of the UU vocabulary. Some words can be abrasive to the anti-theist senses, for example the word ‘Faith’ itself. But with a bit of practice and the development of an inner UU babel fish, we can get past the language barrier and appreciate the broader benefits of being part of a UU community.

Peter Cooke has been a member of UUCDC for 10 years. Previously: Board member, Board President, Executive Team member. Currently: a Soul Matters facilitator and YUUCKI advisor. 

Peter Cooke

Christmas in July

How can we move beyond rote "thank yous" to cultivating a true spirit of gratitude?  With a little help from Charles Dickens and Jim Henson, we will explore what it takes to hold each other close in a thankful heart.

Chrissy Bushyager is a member of UUCDC and has served in a variety of positions around the church including RE teacher, worship associate, and co-leader of the Young Families group. A long time ago, she was a marketing manager at a small custom A/V company. Somewhat more recently, she was a counselor and health educator at West Chester University. Currently she divides her time between caring for her two children and writing novels. Who knows what she'll do next?

Chrissy Bushyager

Haiti, To Help, Fix or Serve?

The Haitian people have endured human and natural catastrophe with indominatable spirit. Since 2012 the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and the College of Social Justice has brought more than 25 groups of volunteers to Haiti to learn about just recovery models, after the 2010 earthquake, and to support projects initiated by local communities.

Ruth Hendry, an active member of UUCDC, went to Haiti in January 2016 with the members of WellSprings Congregation as a part of the CSJ Haiti Beyond Recovery program.  Mike Carpenter and Nuala Denham, members of Mainline Unitarian Church for 40 years, were the group leaders for this their 4th trip to the Central Plateau. Through music, poetry, pictures, and personal reflections, they will share their experiences of working with Haitians as they make a new “…road for humanity.”

Ruth Hendry