UUCDC Sermons

Mary Magdalene: Apostle to the Apostles

(Video) Rev. Kathy Ellis, Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration, Philadelphia joins us to reflect on Easter, the most important Christian holiday of the year as it approaches. Mary Magdalene was an integral part of this story and yet much of her story of love and wisdom has disappeared or been discounted by church fathers. We reclaim wisdom from the Christian feminine perspective.

Rev. Kathy Ellis

Shaking Off Winter

(Video) Rev. D. Michael Smith, Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware joins us to share his thoughts on “Shaking Off Winter.” Is there hope to be found in the lingering days of the winter season? Many suffer from depression, especially during what might be seen as cold, bleak hours. Rev. Smith guides us in ways to find joy and happiness. Look to the Snow Geese … and so much more. Our spirit need not suffer if we seek ways to let it out and explore.

Rev. D. Michael Smith

A Scoop of Rice

(Video) Rev. Vail Weller, Special Assistant to the President for Major Gifts at the Unitarian Universalist Association, joins us to reflect on how Unitarian Universalism changes lives around the world. How are our spirits enriched by this place, and by the presence of our faith in far corners around the globe? Rev. Weller has served congregations in Michigan and California as a minister.

Rev. Vail Weller

The Roundhouse

A roundhouse is the large circular structure in a train yard that welcomes locomotives from near and far. The trains come from different directions, caring different loads.  The trains roll onto the turntable to be repaired, unloaded, filled up again, and turned around.  A Unitarian Universalist congregation is like a roundhouse.  Each time we gather in the spirit of religious pluralism, we welcome one another – the seekers, the sojourners, and the lovers of leaving.  We roll onto the turntable and tend to our wounds, we unload our burdens, and we are filled up with that which makes another adventure worthwhile. The community turns us around.  Only then are we better prepared to venture out on our different tracks, headed in all directions until we return again.

Reverend Nathan C. Walker is the Senior Minister and Executive Director of the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia.

Rev. Nate Walker

When Failure Finds Us

(Video) What does it mean when life doesn't go our way?  When we feel we have failed - at a vocational choice? A marriage or significant relationship? Financially? At parenting? Or, perhaps in some other way that really makes us question our own capabilities and worth?

Rev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti, senior minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Cherry Hill, leads us in reflection on this topic, sharing some of his own personal experience with "failure," reflecting on how we can survive it and spiritually move through it.

Rev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti

The Stockdale Paradox

(Video) Admiral Jim Stockdale survived intense punishment and suffering as a prisoner of war. He used that experience to improve his life.  How do we draw lessons from his journey for application in the living of our own lives?  In the realm of environmental and economic global crisis and in the realm of our own personal lives the Stockdale Paradox provides a formula for facing reality and making a better way. 

Rev. Kent Matthies has served as Minister of the Unitarian Society of Germantown since 2002. A life-long UU, Rev. Matthies received his Masters of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. Kent's vision of ministry includes working for positive social change, giving pastoral care and meeting spiritual needs.

Rev. Kent Matthies

What I Learned on my Unitarian Universalist Association Vacation

(Video) Mark's journey as an employee of the Joseph Priestley District for the mid-Atlantic region has been both a fulfilling and a challenging one. In this sermon, he shares insights, ideas and inspiration culled from the last four years as a Growth Consultant for the Unitarian Universalist Association and relates his lessons learned to the life we have created at this church.

Mark Bernstein has been a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County for over 20 years. He is the Growth Consultant for the Central East Regional Group of the UUA which comprises more than 200 congregations over eight states and the District of Columbia.

Mark Bernstein

Hasta la Vista!

(Video) On this, the last Sunday before he leaves on his sabbatical, Rev. Peter shares his hopes and dreams for both himself and the congregation for the time we'll be apart. Celebrate our shared ministry with Rev. Peter!  

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

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