UUCDC Sermons

The Gifts We Want, The Gifts We Need

Threre were two Christmas Eve services with stories and carols this year.   The homily for the services follows.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

The Mystery of the Incarnation

When you come right down to it, Christmas is about the Christ child, the notion of God taking on human form. This Sunday, Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Josie Cressler consider how this concept might hold meaning for us as Unitarian Universalists. 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Embracing Darkness

As we begin our month-long reflection on the spiritual theme of "Mystery" and we recognize the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah and the Christian season of Advent, Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Ed Mathis share their thoughts about the mystery of the darkness and our yearning for the light. 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

The Freedom They Fought For

On this Veterans Day (which is the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI), we remember and honor veterans. We also observe the upcoming Transgender Day of Remembrance. 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Photographs and Memories

As we embark on November's Spiritual Theme of "Memory," this Sunday Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Sharon Fichthorn will consider how capturing and holding onto memories influences our own identity and how we see the world.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Sustaining Action, Sustaining Hope

Continuing with our theme of "Sanctuary," this Sunday we consider how we care for our ultimate "sanctuary." How can we sustain ourselves and one another in responding to the call to care for our common home, Earth? Rev. Alison Cornish, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light and a Unitarian Universalist minister, offers some pragmatic ways we can "keep on keeping on."

Rev. Alison Cornish

A House of Hope

This Sunday, Rev. Peter, DRE Chrissy Bushyager and Worship Associate Sharon Fichthorn will be joined by Barry Finkelstein, our capital campaign consultant as we  reflect on this month's theme of "Sanctuary." We will consider what makes a spiritual home, how it sustains us and how we sustain it.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Who’s Sanctuary? Whose Sanctuary?

This Sunday we begin consideration of the monthly spiritual theme of "Sanctuary." Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Kathy Alston reflect on what it means for our church community to be a "sanctuary," as both a place to come to and a place to go out from. 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Three Feet

You may have heard the expression "An Earth made fair and all her people one." It comes from a mid-20th Century Christian hymn titled "Turn Back, O Man, Forswear Thy Foolish Ways" and is often used as a shorthand to describe our vision of a utopian future. As we wrap up our month-long theme of "Vision," Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Josie Cressler consider these questions: What is our vision of and for the world? What is our responsibility to help bring that vision to reality? 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

You, Me, Us

Continuing our September reflection on the theme of "Vision," Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Kathy Alston offer their thoughts about how we envision ourselves in relationship with others. Following on the heels of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, we consider what it means to be in right relationship with those around us. 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs