UUCDC Sermons

The Courage of a Crocus

Sunday March 5th, we continue with discussing the monthly theme: Risk.  Rev. Libby Smith, guest minister, explores the concept and the UUDCD Choir offers relevant music; "Ain't gonna let nobody..." the traditional civil rights era protest song will be sung first. Before the sermon we will offer a setting of "Lonesome Valley" arranged by our own Dean Rishel.

Rev. Libby Smith

My Spirit Needs Nurturing

In a time of civil turmoil, it can be difficult to tend to our own well-being while simultaneously working for social justice. How does this church serve as your safe haven from which you venture out? How does this community support and sustain you?  


Marylin Huff

Inhabiting Our Identities

Each person carries an array of identities that makes them who they are. Yet sometimes individuals have trouble inhabiting their own identities and making space for other people’s identities. How can each of us more fully honor a multiplicity of identities?


Rev. Sandra Fees

Sharing the Grain

We kick off the annual fund drive campaign today. In keeping with this month's theme of Identity, Mark Bernstein will talk about generosity and how it helps to define who we are as Unitarian Universalists.  Donna Harris is the Worship Associate and Dick Veleta will provide the beautiful music.


Mark Bernstein

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Rev. Libby Smith


As we wrap up our examination of "Prophecy," Rev. Peter and Worship Associate Norma Lewis consider how effective we can be when we have so many "causes" calling us. How do we pick and choose? What happens when we feel overwhelmed?


Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Becoming Prophets

This Sunday's sermon is by Heather Petit. What does it mean to become prophets, individually and collectively as UUs? How do we become the people who help ourselves and each other find our way as we move into an unknown future?

Heather Petit is a UU seminarian and Aspirant to UU ministry, currently dual enrolled in both Starr King School for the Ministry and Lancaster Theological Seminary. Heather has a background in intercultural communication, and currently works as a senior IT consultant. A lifelong UU and UU preacher's kid, Heather is actively involved in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark, currently serving on the Membership Committee. She also has a spouse and four kids between the ages of 12 and 19.

Heather Petit

The Emperor’s New Clothes

We continue our exploration of this month's spiritual theme of "Prophecy" by celebrating the life and prophetic voice of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Rev. Peter and Interim Director of Spiritual Exploration Erica Shadowsong lead us in a multigenerational, interactive experience.
Rev. Peter Friedrichs

The Prophethood of All Believers

On this first "regular" Sunday of January, we begin our exploration of the spiritual theme of "Prophecy." UU theologian James Luther Adams promoted the idea that our faith requires us all to speak truth to power. He referred to this as "the prophethood of all believers." What does our faith require of us in the face of injustice?  Rev. Peter and worship associate Rob Sartain reflect on this theme.
Rev. Peter Friedrichs

Lessons from Last Year

Congratulations! You made it to 2017! In the words of musical satirist Tom Lehrer, 2016 really feels like “the year that was.” A lot of us are glad to have 2016 in our rearview mirrors. Right up to the end, it seemed that death and destruction followed wherever we went. Icons of our generations perished in alarming numbers. Massive storms and cyclones devastated coastal communities around the globe. England left Europe and, to many of us, America lost its mind. It wouldn’t have surprised me at all if scientists had announced the imminent collision of the planet with a hurtling asteroid before the clock struck 12 last night.  But at least that didn’t happen, so here we all are: a new day, a new year. In some ways this feeling reminds me of waking up on the morning of January 1, 2000 and finding that traffic lights and telephones were still working, that we could still log onto our computers. Remember that whole “Y2K” scare?
Rev. Peter Friedrichs