UUCDC Sermons

Growing Good

This Sunday we held our annual Thanksgiving service. Through story, song and our traditional Pumpkin Bread and Cider Communion, we celebrate the abundance of the season.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs and DRE Chrissy Bushyager

What’s in Your Cornucopia?

Does your cup runneth over? In this traditional time of harvest and thanksgiving, we are called to count our blessings. As we continue our exploration of this month's spiritual theme of "Abundance," Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Norma Lewis share their reflections on the nature and sources of abundance in their lives. 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Plain Vanilla is Boring

This week we examine the monthly spiritual theme for November, which is "Abundance." Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Nathan Rivera reflect on how, whether it's with cuisine or culture, diversity and difference help us to live our lives more abundantly. 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

After the Fall

It takes courage to get back up after we fall down, to recover from our mistakes, to admit our failures and try again.  But we're human - which means we have to do it all the time! So we might as well learn to do it as well as possible. Rev. Libby Smith and Worship Associate Rob Sartain offer their reflections. 


Rev. Libby Smith

The Courage of Our Convictions

Our Unitarian Universalist principles provide the framework for our relationships with each other in the church, with those we meet beyond our walls, and with the world at large. Do we have the courage to stick to them in challenging times? Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Josie Cressler offer their reflections on this question.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Courage Abounds, Courage Abides

This Sunday, in honor of National Coming Out Day, we  take a little different tack than in past years.  Instead of hearing  "coming out" stories from members of the LGBTQ community, we're going to hear stories from family members of LGBT children and youth. Four members of PFLAG, an organization that provides support to parents, family members, and friends of lesbian and gay children, will share their stories about their courageous children and what it is like to be an effective ally. 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Quiet Courage

As we begin our exploration of this month's spiritual theme of "Courage," Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Norma Lewis offer their reflections on the courage it takes to build deep relationships of trust.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Entertaining Angels

As we conclude our examination of this month's spiritual theme of "Welcome," and in recognition of the Jewish High Holidays, Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Nathan Rivera reflect on the meaning and impact of the text from the Book of Genesis found in chapter 18 of the Hebrew Bible. What does this text tell us about how we extend hospitality to "the other?"

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Embracing Uncertainty

It's been said that the only constant in our lives is change. As we continue our month-long exploration of the spiritual theme of "Welcome," Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Rob Sartain reflect upon how we might understand, welcome and even possibly embrace the uncertainty in our lives. 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Ingathering Sunday Service

This Sunday was our annual multigenerational Ingathering Service. We meet in the circle outside the church and then process into the church together to kick off a new year. During the service we installed Chrissy Bushyager, our new Director of Religious Education, and commissioned many of our volunteers. Congregation members were asked to bring a stone from summer wanderings to be blessed during the service, which are used throughout the church year for our "Joys and Concerns" segment of each service. The service was followed by an all-church picnic hosted and provided by the UUCDC Board of Trustees.

There is only audio available for this service so please listen.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs