Black Lives Matter
by Rev. Deborah Cayer, Lead Minister
The news this week carries stories, complete with video, of two more unarmed Black men who, in the course of doing absolutely nothing wrong were shot by police while their hands were in the air, or while being held to the ground. These events should cause us to feel sick, horrified, and outraged. But we can’t just stop at our feelings. Once we know how wrong, even evil something is, we have to interrupt, resist and oppose it.
David Tucker, Trustee
Mahatma Gandhi said that only a person who never loses hope can be a leader. As I write this, I know that there is great pain and suffering in our community... in Charlotte... in Tulsa... and around the country and the world. And yet, for all of that, I am filled with deep hopefulness. Why? The great start the Board is having this year; and the wise, wonderful leadership of our congregation by Rev. Deborah Cayer and the rest of the marvelous staff and lay leadership at ERUUF.
This year Pridefest is particularly important with a high level of anti-LGBTQ bigotry fed by certain politicians and discriminatory laws such as HB2. Triangle area UUs are joining together to create a float for the Pride Parade and having a booth at the festival to demonstrate that communities of faith can be affirming and welcoming.
Potluck Meal at
Vespers -6:40 pm
|Class Descriptions & Registration below|
The fall semester of Wednesday Night Connections will take place each Wednesday in October at 7 pm. All courses will be held in the CARE Building; rooms listed below. All are welcome.
The vespers service will immediately follow the potluck meal. Jacqueline Brett, ERUUF’s Student Minister, will be the preacher.
by Rev. Deborah Cayer
As a way of going deeper, this year we’re going to introduce monthly worship themes. Themes will run if not in the foreground, then in the background of services. We’re doing this as part of the Soul Matters collective of over 200 UU congregations. So themes will help us focus on a particular value or spiritual quality together in various ways at ERUUF, and also together with fellow UUs.
by Rev. Deborah Cayer
Who Are We/ Whose Are We team has reviewed information from last May’s workshops. Results are quite preliminary, but we see some trends. The things that ERUUFians value most is community and a sense of belonging. Within this, many speak of wanting a feeling of safety, but they do so in two distinct ways: safe as in a place to feel comfort, and safe as a strong home base that supports people in taking risks.
Living the Promise
Rev. Deborah Cayer
My colleague, Rev. Gretchen Haley writes, “Covenant is one of those words that can initially sound kind of stuffy, academic and out-of-date. But when you unpack its meaning and its practices, covenant holds a whole vision for how to live in this complicated, beautiful and broken world. It is a vision that says we are most human when we bind ourselves in relationship. But not just any relationship—relationships of trust, mutual accountability and continual return.
ERUUF Members, now is the time to sign up to be a Host for the Fall 5-week cycle of our very popular "Dinners in Homes"! These are opportunities for ERUUFIANS to get to know one another in small gatherings of 6 to 10 in a relaxed and congenial atmosphere over a potluck lunch or dinner at member's homes. Here's how and when to participate: