UUCDC Sermons

David Eaton's Lessons for a Multicultural Age

(Video) David Eaton was the first black senior pastor called to serve a predominantly white UU congregation - at All Souls Church in Washington DC during the summer of 1969. Within a few years, Eaton transformed a nearly all-white church into one whose membership remained nearly half-black and half-white for the next two decades.  What can we learn from Eaton's leadership that will help us grow multicultural congregations today?

Born in Philadelphia and raised in the suburbs, Lee is a candidate for UU ministry at Harvard Divinity School. After earning her B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Swarthmore, Lee spent five years in Washington DC, doing health-care advocacy and youth-development work in low-income neighborhoods.  She has just completed a yearlong field-education placement with First Unitarian in Philadelphia.

Lee Paczulla

Touching the Rainbow Spectrum

(Video) How many colors can you identify in the rainbow? Are you able to appreciate each of the individual shades that appear, or are there limitations to your vision? The rainbow spectrum encourages us to grow our visions beyond the socialized boundaries and enhance our spiritual understandings as we traverse this time and space.  Explore the spectrum of gender, personal attraction and presentations of the human rainbow species.

Allison Woolbert grew up in Silver Bell, Arizona, a remote copper mining community (now a ghost town), where she never quite fit in.  She attended Abilene Christian University, where she didn't fit in either, ended up in the U.S. Air Force, where she definitely did not fit in; and in 2008 was introduced to the Unitarian Universalists (UU), where she finally started to feel like she fit in. An educator, speaker, writer and advocate in the field of gender bias, gender identity, gender expression, erasure, human rights equality and religious abuse, Allison brings her unique perspective and humor that draw on a rich variety and unusual breadth of experience as a gender-affirmed woman in the 21st century.

Allison Woolbert

Religious Literacy, or Can We Join the Conversation?

(Video) Rev. Julie-Ann Silberman-Bunn says, "I grew up going to Sunday School regularly, but as a UU I did not learn the biblical stories and texts. As an art and literature student in my college days I realized I was missing a great deal of the context by not being Biblically literate." This service explores the importance of religious literacy in joining conversations about culture, art, religion and yes, politics.

Our guest minister, Rev. Julie-Ann Silberman-Bunn, is a lifelong UU who has been in parish ministry-for 20 years. She is currently Associate Minister for Religious Education and Pastoral Care at our sister UU church in Cherry Hill, NJ. In the past she was lead Minister at UU congregations in Bridgeport, CT and Kent, OH. In addition, Julie-Ann has served in the role of teacher and that of Director of Religious Education. During her ministry at Kent, OH that congregation saw significant growth in both its adult membership and the number of kids in its RE program. Her long history of community engagement and service to our denomination at the national level includes involvement in YRUU and Liberal Religious Youth (LRY) organizations. 

Rev. Julie-Ann Silberman-Bunn

The Best Defense

(Video) Why do we defend ourselves from others? Why does our defensiveness so often lead to a breakdown in trust and relationship? We will explore how our faith tradition calls us to vulnerability – and how to protect and sustain our deep sense of inherent worth through it all. 
 
Born in Philadelphia and raised in the suburbs, Lee Paczulla is a candidate for UU ministry at Harvard Divinity School. After earning her B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Swarthmore, Lee spent five years in Washington DC, doing health-care advocacy and youth-development work in low-income neighborhoods.  She has just completed a yearlong field-education placement with First Unitarian in Philadelphia. 

Lee Paczulla

Celebrating the Summer Solstice

(Video) Kelly LoGiudice and Megan Grissom rejoice in the gifts of the summer solstice. Delight in the warming rays of community. Let your little light shine and let sun make sweet your song.

Kelly LoGiudice

Fathering From the Bronze Age to Today

(Video) What messages of fathering are still with us from the regions of the ancient world, where great changes were taking place?  First-year seminarian Scott Youmans looks at these traditions and honors those who father today in this special Father's Day service.

Scott is studying at Starr King Unitarian Universalist Seminary in Berkekey, CA.  He is also a member at First Unitarian in Philadelphia but strongly allied with our church, where his wife, Kelly LoGiudice, is a member.

Scott Youmans

Why did the UU Cross the Road?

(Video) As we end our regular service year, the worship associates share their experiences being Unitarian Universalists in the world.  Bask in the uniqueness of our religion in a light-hearted celebration.

Worship Associates

The Workshop of our Common Endeavor

(Video) Church is one of the best places to practice being our best selves.  How we are with one another in religious community will determine how we will be in the world. This Sunday, guest minister Rev. Howard N. Dana, minister at the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg, reflects on these and other ideas.

Rev. Howard Dana

To Attend Well and Faithfully

(Video) What does it mean to share the ministry of a church?  How do we attend to our congregation in a way that speaks of faithfulness? We explore the many ways we serve one another and our larger faith. 

Rev. Dr. Richard Speck, District Executive, Joseph Priestley District of the Unitarian Universalist Association reflects on these important questions.

Rev. Dr. Richard Speck

Stumbling Our Prayers Through the Streets

(Video) We welcome our guest speaker Gregory Pelley, ministerial intern at Wellsprings Congregation, as we struggle with the news this week and wish for peace and healing. The service includes a Healing Ritual for Boston.

Gregory Pelley