UUCDC Sermons

Come As You Are -- Then Change

We pride ourselves on being a faith tradition that welcomes people to come just as they are.  But the religious journey is also about the challenge to change and grow into our best selves.  Let's explore the balance.

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Rev. Libby Smith

Is Superman a Closet UU? And other compelling questions

Does the Man of Steel light a chalice in his Fortress of Solitude?  Do the Caped Crusader and Robin the Boy Wonder secretly share joys and concerns deep in the bowels of the Bat Cave?  And what about Spidey’s interdependent web?  Come explore the connection between our comic book heroes and our UU principles.

Mark Bernstein

Facing Your Fear: Speaking Truth to Power

Fear can be constrictive and paralyzing, causing us to miss out on chances for our own personal success and opportunities to further our goal of Beloved Community.  How do we overcome our fear and learn to speak truth to power? 

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Connie Simon

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.