UUCDC Sermons

Eating Well: The Role of Hope in our Unitarian Universalist Lives

Sir Francis Bacon wrote, “Hope is a good breakfast but it is a bad supper.” While Hope springs eternal, what good is it if we don’t spring into action? In this sermon, Mark will explore the relationship between Hope and Action and share his thoughts on our responsibility as Unitarian Universalists to engage in both.

Mark Bernstein has been a member of UUCDC for 25 years. He is a former staff member of the Central East Region of the UUA and currently works as Adjunct Staff with congregations in our region. Mark has great hope that you will enjoy his sermon.



Mark Bernstein

We are Made for Play

What does it mean to play as a spiritual act? How can we change our perceptions of work and leisure to embrace the importance of playing? Join us to explore playfulness and playing, and how to integrate more play into your life.

Heather Petit

The Creative Power of Tension

Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Kathy Alston explore an unlikely source of creativity: tension and anxiety. How can we harness these emotions, which have the power to paralyze us, to our advantage? 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

YUUCKI's Bridging Ceremony

The church youth group, YUUCKIs (Young Unitarian Universalist Combined for Knowledge and Interest) present their annual service.

There is only audio available for this service.  Please listen!


Mother's Day and Flower Communion

This Sunday Rev. Peter and DRE Chrissy Bushyager help us celebrate two cherished traditions: Mother's Day and Flower Communion. We recognize and affirm all those who have played a nurturing role in our lives, and we'll repeat an honored tradition of exchanging flowers that represent the beauty and diversity of our community.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Nurturing Our Creativity

This Sunday we begin our month-long examination of the theme of "Creativity." Rev. Libby Smith and Worship Associate Norma Lewis will consider how we can cultivate a spirit of creativity in our lives. We may think of creativity as a spontaneous force, but we can help it along by creating the conditions that help it to flourish. Dick Veleta will provide the music for both the 9:30 and the 11:15 services.
Only audio is available for this service.  Please listen!
Rev. Libby Smith

Love Themes

Coffee shops have provided us with a whole new vocabulary to employ in ordering our favorite caffeinated beverage to exact specifications. Yet when we discuss the topic of Love, the English language leaves us ill-equipped to clarify its myriad meanings. Ancient Greek philosophers solved this dilemma by classifying different types of love. In our Special Music Sunday, 'Love Themes', we explore through poetry and song, seven different types of love as the Greeks defined them and celebrate love in worship: from the love of parent to child, to universal love.

As this is an all music service, there is no text.  The audio contains the Reading and an explanation of the musical selections by our Musical Director Bob Rowland.  The musical performances cannot be part of the audio due to licensing issues.

Bob Rowland

Dear Earth

The spiritual practice of gardening helps us cultivate a sense of reverence for the earth and our deep relationship to it. On this Earth Day we celebrate the ways we can deepen that connection and care for this home we share. Rev. Libby Smith and Worship Associate Josie Cressler offer their reflections. 

Rev. Libby Smith

From Being to Belonging

As we celebrate the new members (more than twenty!) who have joined the church this past year, Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Nathan Rivera reflect on what it means to "belong." How do we move from merely "being" somewhere to gaining a sense of "belonging," and what shifts occur both within us and in our relationships as we make that transition? 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

The Promise and the Practice of Our Faith - Voices of Black Unitarian Universalists

What would it be like if our UU worship service centered entirely around the voices and the experiences of black Unitarian Universalists? What truths might we hear, however difficult? What might we learn? How might these black UU leaders teach us to be better allies, better siblings in faith, and even better citizens in our community?  Join us for this special service, presented by Rev. Peter and members of the UUCDC Black Lives Matter group. 

There is no text for this sermon.  Please listen to the audio!

Rev. Peter Friedrichs