ERUUF's annual congregational meeting is Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 12:15 after the service (one service at 10:30 am).
Members will elect new officers and approve the 2017-18 budget. This meeting provides a review of the past year and lifts up new opportunities for the coming year. Everyone is welcome to attend, although only members may vote. Absentee ballots are below and can also be picked up from the ERUUF office. They must be returned to the office by 11:45 am the day of the meeting. Attend in person if possible to hear the latest news and to join in the discussion and votes. Childcare provided.
Together with nearly 700 Unitarian Universalist congregations, ERUUF will offer Sunday services (service descriptions here) and programs in support of dismantling racism and the system of white supremacy that puts the lives of Black and Brown people in harm’s way, and in celebration of the love and courage People of Color have created in response and resistance.
Read More for Programs offered in May:
With Hope for the Racially Equitable, Inclusive World We All Believe is Possible
by Rev. Deborah Cayer, Lead Minister
By now you’ve probably heard about enormous events at the UUA set into motion by a hiring decision that was challenged by a Latina woman. She had been told by HR that she was fully qualified for the position, yet was turned down because she “wasn’t the right fit.” This is within an institution that’s been intentionally working to be anti-racist and inclusive for more than 50 years. In the aftermath of her disclosure, and in support of continuing our important work, our President resigned three months before the end of his term. Two other senior leaders also resigned, and the UUA Board has appointed a three person team to the Office of the President until we elect a new President at our General Assembly in June.
April 6, 2017
Late last week, I was as shocked as everyone else to learn that the Rev. Peter Morales, President of the UUA, had unexpectedly resigned. I believe he acted with good intentions, and still wonder if the impact of his decision might be other than he first imagined. Relationships between friends, and within congregations have strained over this. And now this week, just days later, two more UUA senior staff have resigned. https://www.uuworld.org/articles/critics-challenge-uua-hiring-practices.
The Freedom to Be Unitarian Universalist
by Rev. Deborah Cayer
Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal religious tradition with roots that go back to the ancient Hebrew prophets who fought for the human right to freedom. What holds us together are our promises to one another, rooted in the radical notion that human freedom is for the purpose of making ultimate choices. Whatever happens to us in life, whether things go as we wish or not, we choose the good things, the right things, the better things that our religious tradition and our own experience has showed us. When we do this, the sacred, however we each understand it, is with us too.
To Boldly Shine Our Light - What this Pledge Campaign Can Make Possible
Our fellowship has been a beacon for over 50 years: a place for spiritual renewal, raising our children, and challenging ourselves and each other to make the world more just and compassionate. We have an opportunity to take a leap this year, and build our congregation’s capacity to be an even brighter light for our members, friends, and larger community.
During this 2017-2018 pledge campaign, we will reflect on ways that ERUUF connects with and impacts our members and larger community. We will also envision how we might deepen and strengthen our work moving forward. This Fellowship truly is a shining light in the Triangle. Your ERUUF pledge supports equity, justice, diversity, freedom, compassion, acceptance, and the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Now, that’s a great investment!
The forty-nine people who participated in this very informative workshop on March 4 came away inspired and motivated. The workshop, as publicized, truly built “our capacity to seek truth, act courageously, resist oppression, and work individually and collectively to preserve our fundamental democratic institutions”. Starting with some humorous videos of comedians poking fun at politicians,
This Little Light of Mine
by Rev. Deborah Cayer
It’s the time of year when we make pledges of financial support for next year’s programs. And Now More Than Ever we are called to Let Our UU Light Shine. Carmine Gallo says, “Passion fuels the rocket, but vision—a big dream— points the rocket to its ultimate destination.” Money is one type of fuel, and it can take us a great distance to very good places if we have a bold vision. So, where is ERUUF’s big dream of love and justice, freedom and courage, compassion and truth taking us?