UUCDC Sermons

A Theology of Hope

(Video) Inspired by the writings of Vaclav Havel, Rev. Smith's talk reflects on the difference between hope and optimism, and on the power of learning to live with hope even when we are not necessarily optimistic about the future.

Rev. Libby Smith

A Stone of Hope

(Video) Join us this Sunday for a multigenerational worship service celebrating the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Hear Dr. King's inspirational words and stories about young people making a difference in the world. Rev. Peter offers his reflection on carving "a stone of hope from the mountain of despair."

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Vision and Hope: Nelson and Francis

(Video) We begin our exploration of our monthly spiritual theme of "Hope" this Sunday by examining how Nelson Mandela achieved radical reconciliation for his native South Africa and the reconciliation Pope Francis is attempting to achieve between Catholicism and other faiths.  Is reconciliation the source of hope, or is it the other way around?  Rev. Peter offers his thoughts.  

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Possibility of Abundance

(Video) Emerging from the noise and celebration of the holidays comes a quiet ritual -- a simple pause to dream of what is possible in the days to come.

Gregory Pelley

Celebrating Winter Solstice

(Video) Rejoice in the transition from dark to light as the Wheel of the Year turns once more. At Yule, the Winter Solstice, the Winter Goddess, Lady of the Moon births the return of light and the return of the Sun God, Lord of the Oak.

Answering the Angels

This Sunday Rev. Peter reflects on the meaning of the Annunciation, the visitation from the angel Gabriel to Mary, bringing her the good news that she had been chosen to give birth to the baby Jesus.  In her innocence, Mary said "Yes."  How do we respond when called unexpectedly to a great task?

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Suspending Our Disbelief

(Video) This Sunday  we prepare ourselves and our church for the holiday season.  The services are multigenerational and very interactive.  We begin worship in our Sanctuary, then "break" in the middle of worship to engage in holiday workshops.  Everything from cookie decorating to making bird feeders, to "greening" our church property and more are available.  Then we re-gather to complete our worship.  Rev. Peter and our Director of Lifespan Religious Education, Irene Friedrichs, lead our service. 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Unappeased Yearning

(Video) On this, the first Sunday after "Black Friday," Rev. Addae Kraba preaches on the topic of "unappeased yearning". Is the accelerated age of modern life we live in really a sign of wisdom and progress or a continued foolish, headlong tumble away from an age of innocence?

Rev. Kraba is the community minister at First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia and consulting minister to the Dorothea Dix Unitarian Universalist Community of Bordentown NJ.

Rev. Addae Ama Kraba

Thanksgiving Treats - Multigeneration Service

(Video) We celebrate Thanksgiving in our two multigenerational services this Sunday, sharing the annual ritual of pumpkin bread and cider communion.  At either 9:15 or 11:15 service of gratitude and hope,  Rev. Peter and DRE Irene Friedrichs lead a family-friendly service that include musical offerings from children, youth and adults alike!

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Chutzpah and Hubris

Unitarian Universalists have a long tradition as heretics and radicals.  Many of us are "come-outers," those who have come out of another faith tradition to embrace our unique brand of religious pluralism. What does it take to maintain this tradition and what are the dangers?  

Rev. Peter Friedrichs