UUCDC Sermons

Your Soul’s Song

Rev. Peter, Director of Religious Education Chrissy Bushyager and the UUCDC Choir celebrate the official kick-off to the new church year! We offer our blessing and support of all our Religious Education volunteers, our Worship Associates and our Pastoral Care Team members. We bless the stones we use for Joys and Sorrows (please bring your stones from your summer adventures). Chrissy shares a Lesson about "The Loneliest Whale in the World", and Rev. Peter offers his reflections on the year ahead with an homily titled "Your Soul's Song" (click "Read More" below).

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Dancing with Change

Movement and stillness both play powerful roles in how we interact with and understand ourselves, each other, and the world. Join us to learn how these ideas essential to both dance and Daoism can be helpful for navigating times of change.

Heather Petit

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