UUCDC Sermons

How Big is Our Tent? Part 2

This week, as we invite our friends to join us for worship, Rev. Peter delivers part 2 of his sermon "How Big is Our Tent?" With many who are unfamiliar with our faith present among us, Rev. Peter attempts to answer the questions he posed in his September 30 sermon:  Who are we as Unitarian Universalists?  If we agree that we are not a right "fit" for everyone, who's in and who's out? What defines us as a congregation and what do we stand for? And most importantly, what does our faith require of us in our relationships with those who are different from us? 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

The Duties of Democracy

The fifth Principle of Unitarian Universalism states that we affirm and promote "the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large."  As Election Day approaches, Rev. Peter reflects on the duties that come along with the freedoms of our democratic society.  Beyond participating in the electoral process, what are our obligations to each other and to the democratic system itself?

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

How Big is Our Tent? Part 1

The spiritual theme for the month of October is "Belonging." This Sunday (the day before October 1), Rev. Peter reflects on the open, inclusive and accepting nature of Unitarian Universalism. How far does our "welcoming" extend, and how far should it? What do we gain and what do we risk by "affirming and promoting the inherent worth and dignity of every person?"

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Inscribed in the Book of Life

During these Jewish High Holy Days, we are called to take an accounting of our actions and to atone for our sins and transgressions. In the second part of his two-part sermon on sin and atonement, Rev. Peter reflects on what true atonement means, both historically and within our current Unitarian Universalist theology. If you missed last week's service, you are invited to read Rev. Peter's September 16th sermon on "sin", in preparation for this Sunday's service after reflecting on how you may have "missed the mark" in the past year.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

The Wages of Sin

As we enter the season of the Jewish High Holidays, we spend this Sunday and next looking at concepts of sin and atonement. Does Unitarian Universalist theology allow for or incorporate the concept of sin? How would you define "sin?" Is this a useful concept in our lives?  Rev. Peter reflects on these topics.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Humankind Be Both

Festive kick-off to the new program year for our entire community (members and friends of all ages). Weather-permitting, we gather in the circle in front of the church, where the Chorus serenades us and special musicians summon us to attention. We then process as a community into our Sanctuary for our worship service. Bring a stone with you from your travels or your home so that we can bless it and use it during the year for sharing our Joys and Sorrows. Rev. Peter and our Director of Religious Education lead our worship.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

The Gospel According to Bruce

Rev. Peter has been a Bruce Springsteen fan for more than 30 years. Today, as he prepares to attend another Springsteen show, he offers his reflection on the spiritual messages embedded in The Boss's music. Hear about loss, suffering, redemption and the power of faith, hope, and love.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs