UUCDC Sermons

UUA General Assembly Service - New Orleans

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Rev. Mara Dowdall

Random Acts of Kindness: Practice Makes Perfect

Our faith calls us to action in myriad ways. This morning we examine how random acts of kindness, those fleeting moments that present an opportunity to serve a stranger, are spiritual actions, and are part of our religious call to action.

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Rob Sartain

Summer Reading

Summer is a time of reading for many of us. As a seminarian, there's a lot of reading all year long, and summer is no exception. As both a lifetime reader and as a seminarian, Heather explores how we read as not just Unitarian Universalists, but as our complex and complete selves. 

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Heather Petit

End of Church Year Service

This Sunday the service celebrates the past church year, recognizes and thanks our Religious Education volunteers and gives Erica Shadowsong a good send-off. We sing songs, tell stories and generally have a fun service for all ages. 

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Rev Peter Friedrichs and Interim DRE Erica Shadowsong

More Than Skin Deep

This Sunday, a growing group of Unitarian Universalists shift our regularly scheduled Sunday morning worship to participate in a teach-in on racism and white supremacy. On this Sunday, UUCDC participates in this large-scale historic action.

Over the past few weeks, many have been responding to calls by UUs of color to look critically within our faith communities--including hiring practices, power brokers, and cultural habits--for the ways racism, sexism, and white supremacy live.

The commitment to combat white supremacy must be strong and urgent. Battling racism in its many forms is not easy. Everyone has to start somewhere, and it takes a commitment to disrupt business as usual. 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

A Playful Spirit

On the unofficial kick-off to summer and the final Sunday of our theme of "Embodiment," Rev. Peter and Worship Associate John Davies explore the importance of "play" for our spiritual well-being. What role does "play" play in your life? How is it valuable, and does trying to value it actually devalue it by placing a value on it? 

Because it's Memorial Day weekend, we begin our service with a brief ritual of remembrance of those whom we've lost to war and other conflict. Then we will shift our focus to explore how we might embrace and embody the spirit of play in our lives.

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Annual YUUCKI Service

This is the annual youth service organized by the YUUCKIs  (or Young Unitarian Universalists Combined for Knowledge and Interest). It is a chance to celebrate the year with the youth who have participated in the program. We hear the reflections from a sample of the fantastic group of young people that are part of our congregation and see their skills and talents in action as they run our regular service. We also celebrate our high school seniors who have graduated from the youth program and bridge to young adults, a traditionally moving ceremony with input from all components of our beloved community.


You Had to Be There

As we embark on the exploration of May's spiritual theme of "Embodiment," and freshly back from his sabbatical, Rev. Peter shares some of his experiences over the past three months and reflects on the importance of "presence" (physical, mental and spiritual) in our daily lives. 

Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Making the Unconscious Conscious

The brain processes millions of pieces of information daily and does this largely without us even realizing it. If we better recognize the unconscious biases that we all have because they are an inherent part of our brain’s work to protect us, we have the opportunity to make the unconscious, conscious. In doing so, it allows us to take action to manage bias and transform our thinking and our ability to create a truly inclusive community.


Laurie Cooke

Always Miracles

"Where there is great love, there are always miracles," said Willa Cather in one of her novels.  This sermon celebrates the miracle of new life, in the world around us and in our own hearts and spirits. 

Only audio is available for this sermon.

Rev. Libby Smith