UUCDC Sermons

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

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