UUCDC Sermons

Successful Failure

As we wrap up our month-long examination of "Perseverance," this Sunday Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Josie Cressler reflect on giving up and giving in. How do we know when it is time to let go, and what do we learn from not getting what we want? 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Reclaim, Resist, Recharge, Repeat

Join church membbers, along with our friends from Delco United for Sensible Gun Policy and Heeding God’s Call, to engage on March 21, when we will occupy Senator Pat Toomey’s Philadelphia office and demand that he cosponsor an assault weapons ban. That is the action that I invite you to join if you are able, and I ask you to invite your friends to join you in this act of resistance. And if you’re not able to be there on March 21st, I can predict with absolute, horrific certainty, that there will be more vigils for more victims. There will be more protests. There will be more acts of resistance, because I have no doubt there will be more carnage and more killings in the weeks to come.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Fast or Far?

As we continue our spiritual theme of "perseverance," this Sunday Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Norma Lewis reflect on the proverb "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." While the origin of this proverb is uncertain, what truths does it hold for us? 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

The Dreams They Dreamed - Stewardship Sunday

This Sunday marks the kick-off of our annual Fund Drive and the launch of our new monthly theme of "Persistence." Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Nathan Rivera reflect on the idea of "Legacy." What does it mean to stand on the shoulders of those who came before us, and what responsibilities do we have to both those who came before us and those who will come after us?

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

In Praise of Hibernation

The idea of living with intention may evoke images of vision statements and goal-setting sessions, bold planning for a bright future. It takes a different kind of intention to slow down, to turn off the goal-oriented thinking, quiet our minds and see what emerges.

 

Rev. Libby Smith

Windmill Tilting

It was five years ago this week that the US Supreme Court handed down its ironically-named "Citizens United" decision, opening the floodgates to big money in politics. A core principle of Unitarian Universalism is "use of the democratic process within our congregations and society at large." This Sunday, Rev. Peter and worship associate Josie Cressler reflect on the impact that this decision has had on our democracy and what role we can play to ensure our voices are heard by those claiming to represent us.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday

This Sunday Rev. Peter and our Director of Religious Education Chrissy Bushyager lead us in a remembrance and celebration of the civil rights movement of the late 20th century and Dr. King's role in that larger movement. Through story-telling, images and music, we engage in a communal act of remembrance, and reaffirm our intention to continue the long march toward racial justice. 

Sermon text and audio are not available for this sermon.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs and DRE Chrissy Bushyager

Mission Accomplished or Mission Impossible?

We begin a new year with our attention focused on the spiritual theme of "Intention." This Sunday Rev. Peter will reflect on the importance of mission and purpose, both for organizations and individuals. Do you have a personal mission statement? How might your life be different if you did? 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

New Year's Eve Service

Only the audio is available for this service.  Please listen!

Rev. Libby Smith

Christmas Eve Day: Multiple Services

Sunday Morning at 10:00 am: The Gospel According to "Mary"

Mary Oliver's poetry speaks deeply to our human experience and is often considered "scripture" in Unitarian Universalist churches. On this the morning of Christmas Eve, Rev. Peter offers a service celebrating the poetry of Mary Oliver. 

Sunday afternoon at 5:30: "Service of Stories and Songs"

We celebrate the holiday, taking us on a journey from the secular to the sacred sure to be enjoyed by children of all ages. 

Sunday evening at 7:00: "Service of Lessons and Carols"

A traditional candlelight service.

The sermon text and audio are unavailable for these services.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs