UUCDC Sermons

You Never Know: A Homily for Multigenerational Worship Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

(Video) This Sunday we remember the work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during our multigenerational service.  Through the story "The Boy Who Changed the World," we will see that one person can make a difference, but that we're never just one person acting alone (even if it feels that way sometimes).

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Let Go. Let God?

(Video) Following up on last Sunday's sermon, this Sunday Rev. Peter reflects on the idea of "surrender." What does it mean to surrender or to "let go" when we're facing a challenge?  How do we, as people who believe in our own capability and power, release our control over a given situation?  What's the difference between "letting go" and "giving up?"  When we let go, do we trust in God/the Universe/ Love to catch us?

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Facing Our Tigers

(Video) How do you face a challenge when you encounter it?  Do you try to avoid it and ignore it, hoping it will resolve itself?  Do you treat it as an enemy to be beaten?  Do you enlist the help of others or go it alone? Rev. Peter considers these and other questions shaped by the best-selling book and recent movie "Life of Pi."

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Follow a Star: a Christmas Eve Homily

Our 5 pm service is intended to be family friendly and features the UU pageant "Would You Like to Hold the Baby?".  The 8 pm service is more contemplative and the Christmas story is told with stories and carols.  Rev. Peter reflects on the meaning of the wise men's journey. UUCDC's fabulous chorus provides music at both services.   (No video or audio recording available)

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Touch the Earth

(Video) By this Sunday, the wheel will have turned and solstice will have passed.  We take time to celebrate the winter season, which often gets short shrift in our spirits.  How do we honor and respect this time of year? How might our spirits be filled by this time of quiet and rejuvenation? Let's celebrate winter's arrival instead of bemoaning it!

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

What Matters Most

(Video) Following the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, Rev. Peter reflects on what matters most in our lives. 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Multigenerational Deck the Halls

(Video) "Deck the Halls" services are an annual tradition, a combination of worship and workshops. By the end of the services, the church is decorated for the holiday and we've shared some special time together.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Sweet Anticipation

(Video) We are now in the season of Advent on the Christian calendar.  This is a period of waiting, of anxiously anticipating the arrival of the Christ child.  This Sunday Rev. Peter reflects on the value of looking forward and anticipating the future and how we might reconcile this with our intention to be focused on the blessings of the present moment.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Transformational Gratitude

This Sunday after Thanksgiving we explore gratitude as a spiritual practice. Kelly LoGiudice talks about how appreciation can transform your mood, your perspective and your life. The sermon includes prayers and practical exercises to use in your everyday life.

Kelly LoGiudice returned to Pennsylvania five years ago after a 10-year walkabout that included living in the Bay Area in California and in Rhode Island. Originally from the Bethlehem area, she was raised a Quaker but is a Unitarian Universalist Wiccan at heart. Kelly is passionate about marriage equality and other LGBTQ concerns. A Worship Associate here at UUCDC, Kelly is also a Nationally Certified licensed massage therapist, Cranio-Sacral therapist, Reiki Master Teacher and Advanced Angel Light Messenger. A Penn State alum, Kelly worked in psychology before switching fields. Her unique bodywork treatments create space for healing of mind, body and spirit.

Kelly LoGiudice

The Kindness of Strangers: A Homily for Multigenerational Worship Thanksgiving Sunday

At the annual multigenerational Thanksgiving service, we celebrate all that we're grateful for through this service of story and song, led by Rev. Peter and our Director of Religious Education, Irene Friedrichs. Both services conclude with our annual "Pumpkin Bread and Cider Communion."

Rev. Peter Friedrichs