UUCDC Sermons

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

Pray Without Ceasing

Many Unitarian Universalists are challenged by the concept, much less the practice, of prayer.  To whom or what do we pray?  What do we pray for?  Why pray?  This Sunday, Rev. Peter explores the answers to these and other questions, and offers his observations on the power of prayer.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Braiding the Strands: A Homily for Multigenerational Worship

This Sunday is our annual multigenerational "Day of the Dead" service. Weaving the story of "A Gift for Abuelita" through our worship service, we learn about the traditional Mexican "Dia de los Muertos" celebration, and we take time to remember those whom we loved who have passed away.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

How Are You Saved?

This Sunday we explore and celebrate our Universalist roots. Where did the concept of universal salvation come from and what relevance does it have for us today? What does it mean to say that "all are saved?" Can we translate that into our post-modern lives?

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

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