UUCDC Sermons

In Praise of Hibernation

The idea of living with intention may evoke images of vision statements and goal-setting sessions, bold planning for a bright future. It takes a different kind of intention to slow down, to turn off the goal-oriented thinking, quiet our minds and see what emerges.


Rev. Libby Smith

Windmill Tilting

It was five years ago this week that the US Supreme Court handed down its ironically-named "Citizens United" decision, opening the floodgates to big money in politics. A core principle of Unitarian Universalism is "use of the democratic process within our congregations and society at large." This Sunday, Rev. Peter and worship associate Josie Cressler reflect on the impact that this decision has had on our democracy and what role we can play to ensure our voices are heard by those claiming to represent us.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday

This Sunday Rev. Peter and our Director of Religious Education Chrissy Bushyager lead us in a remembrance and celebration of the civil rights movement of the late 20th century and Dr. King's role in that larger movement. Through story-telling, images and music, we engage in a communal act of remembrance, and reaffirm our intention to continue the long march toward racial justice. 

Sermon text and audio are not available for this sermon.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs and DRE Chrissy Bushyager

Mission Accomplished or Mission Impossible?

We begin a new year with our attention focused on the spiritual theme of "Intention." This Sunday Rev. Peter will reflect on the importance of mission and purpose, both for organizations and individuals. Do you have a personal mission statement? How might your life be different if you did? 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

New Year's Eve Service

Only the audio is available for this service.  Please listen!

Rev. Libby Smith

Christmas Eve Day: Multiple Services

Sunday Morning at 10:00 am: The Gospel According to "Mary"

Mary Oliver's poetry speaks deeply to our human experience and is often considered "scripture" in Unitarian Universalist churches. On this the morning of Christmas Eve, Rev. Peter offers a service celebrating the poetry of Mary Oliver. 

Sunday afternoon at 5:30: "Service of Stories and Songs"

We celebrate the holiday, taking us on a journey from the secular to the sacred sure to be enjoyed by children of all ages. 

Sunday evening at 7:00: "Service of Lessons and Carols"

A traditional candlelight service.

The sermon text and audio are unavailable for these services.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Peace of the Season

As we rush headlong toward the Christmas holiday, with all its pressures and demands, this Sunday Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Rob Sartain help to remind us that "the reason for the season" is the rediscovery of peace. Come enjoy a peaceful service to start off your week before the holiday. 

There is audio only for this service.  Please listen!

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Hope for the Holidays

This Sunday is our annual "Deck the Halls" services. The festive and unique tradition helps us all prepare to celebrate the holiday season. Each service includes holiday workshops from cookie-decorating to "greening" the church building to singing in the pick-up choir. 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

I Need a Miracle (Every Day)

"I Need a Miracle (Every Day)"

This Sunday we begin an exploration of December's monthly spiritual theme of "Hope." Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Josie Cressler reflect on how we nurture and cultivate hope in our personal lives and in our community, and on the question of what sustains us in times that feel hopeless. With the approach of Christmas, how does the promise of a savior help to maintain hope? 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Andrew Weber

The call to serve others is at the heart of our faith. And when we have more than we need, it's easy to answer that call to serve.  But when our own lives don't feel so abundant, it may be harder to remember that serving others also helps ourselves. 

There is only audio available for this sermon.  Please listen!

Rev. Libby Smith