UUCDC Sermons

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

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