Reverend Hank Peirce

“Gloria!” Special Choir Music Sunday

Sunday, December 10, 2017 – Two Services  – 9:15 am and 11:00 am; Mary Cunningham, Music Director, the UUCR Choir. Worship Leader: Rev. Hank Peirce A special Holiday gift for all this Sunday! Our choir presents one of music’s most uplifting choral masterpieces: “Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi. Under the direction of Mary Cunningham and accompanied by Margaret Scharff, UUCR choir members … Continued

Adventures in Advent

One Service Sunday: 10:00am. Rev. Hank Peirce. Advent, from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming,” is a time of waiting and preparation for the celebration of Christmas. Come and hear how this liturgical season, which has been gaining favor in liberal churches, helps us to reclaim this religious holiday, and how it can be a buffer between … Continued

Bread Communion

Two Services: 9:15 (Family Choir); 11:00 am (UUCR Choir) Today we not only celebrate the bounty of our lives, but we give thanks for the hard work that has gone into making this bounty. You are invited to bring a small loaf of bread, homemade or store bought, to church before the service that it may be shared as … Continued

An Abundance of Faith

Rev. Hank Peirce – November 12, 2017 – 9:15 (Andrew Furst); 11:00 am (UUCR Choir) “To criticize is not to reject. This point must be emphasized, for it is the dividing line between the free mind and fanaticism.” This quote is from the Rev. Ken Patton, whose pantheistic view on faith has shaped our theology and … Continued

Personal Remembrance

Rev. Hank Peirce – November 5, 2017 – 10:00 am (UUCR Choir) This service of personal remembrance is a chance for everyone to recognize a loved one who has passed. You are invited to bring a small token that reminds you of this person; it may be a photo, a CD, a book or something … Continued

The Hammer Stroke of Luther

Rev. Hank Peirce – October 29th, 2017 – 9:15 am (Featured Musician) and 11 am (UUCR Choir) This weekend marks the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation. Today’s sermon will draw a link from this revolutionary event all the way through to our faith, which has continued to uphold the the idea … Continued

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.