Reverend Hank Peirce

Race Traitor

Rev. Hank Peirce – October 15th, 2017 – 9:15 am (UUCR Choir) and 11 am (Featured Musician Roald Wilson) This Sunday’s sermon is about the intersection between race and community culture. The voices of neighbors and friends can influence us into supporting systems of oppression, but they can also be ways to help us understand … Continued

War is the Force that Gives Us Meaning

Rev. Hank Peirce – October 8th, 2017 – 9:15 and 11 am War shapes all of us, those who are in combat and those who are privileged enough to be able to ignore it as well as those who protest against it. The continuing appeal of war to the human psyche has been written about … Continued

“If I Were King of the Forest”

William Faulkner wrote “you cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” What is that “shore” for you? What is that shore for this religious community? What does courage look like in the 21stCentury?

Four Friends and a Futon

It takes a village to raise a child, yet when that child has an addiction problem finding support for them and for the family becomes difficult often due to long held assumptions. The sermon will center around the Christian story of Jesus and the paralyzed man. The Reading Clergy Assn. has asked all of its members to preach on the addiction crisis this weekend.

Our Shadow Identity

Have you ever wondered how it is a faith with so many theological opinions hangs together? Today I’ll be preaching on one of the oldest of Western philosophical ideas which has informed and continues to inform our beloved faith.

Ingathering Sunday

Water Communion: The Self, the Other and the Stranger Our service this Sunday will bring us on a journey where you will be asked to re-visit your first time at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading and imagine what it is like for those who visit as strangers.    

Acquaint Thyself

On this first Sunday of our ministry together I’ll be using Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous address to the 1838 graduating class from Harvard’s Divinity School as the basis of my sermon. Emerson asked the graduates to imagine new ways of seeing the world and their ministry. My sermon will be asking you to imagine how we will be doing “church” here in the near future and with whom we will be doing it. As Joe Strummer said “the future is unwritten.”

“Softball Star”

Rev. Hank Peirce – Sunday, May 7th, 2017 –  One Service  10 AM (Choir and Aaron Clark, bass  and David Gould, drums) I loved summer camp. Each day at camp is like a week in the real world, they say. What I learned during the youth conferences on Star Island still shape the way I … Continued

“Minister”

Rev. Hank Peirce – Sunday, April 30th, 2017 – Two services – 9:15 am (Small choir) and 11:00 am (Full choir) In a world of fake news, alternative facts and grammar disciplinarians, suddenly everyone is taking their language very seriously.  When was the last time you thought about the words used in this spiritual community? Today’s … Continued