UUCDC Sermons

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

Roots Hold Me Close, Wings Set Me Free

(Video) The spiritual theme for the month of November is "Tradition."  This Sunday, Rev. Peter reflects on how traditions can both ground us and hold us back, how we balance tradition with innovation, and how to know when to let go of the past so that we can fly.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Love Never Dies

Today we celebrate our annual "Day of the Dead" service.  This service, inspired by the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, is a time when we celebrate the relationships of those whom we've lost. Through story, song and ritual, we remember those who came before us and invite their spirits to be present with us.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

On Being Religious

(Video) Many people find Unitarian Universalism after feeling disappointed or hurt by other religions. Our members may like to define themselves as "spiritual, but not religious." And yet we are a religion, one with centuries of history and tradition that inform who we are today. What does it mean to be "religious" as a Unitarian Universalist?  And why does it matter? 

Our guest speaker, the Rev. Libby Smith grew up in the Unitarian Society of York, PA (now the UU Congregation of York) where her mother is still an active member. After five years of working in religious education and tending bar on the side, she earned a Master of Divinity degree in 1992 and was ordained the same year. Since than she has served congregations in Rockport, MA, Warrington, PA and Langhorne, PA. She also spent five years as chaplain at UU House, a retirement and nursing home in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.

Rev. Libby Smith