by Reverend Deborah Cayer
It’s been sweet to be back at ERUUF this month of March, despite challenging weather, additional travel and significant upcoming staff changes. There is much that is in the very early stages of development, such as new ways of doing justice work as a fellowship, searching for a new religious educator, and plans to celebrate ERUUF’s 50th Anniversary next year. It all holds great promise, even while some aspects of what we’re going to do together will be a great unknown for a little while longer. And yet, I have confidence that we’re going to continue to figure things out together, and that we’ll do it well.
Nearly fifty years ago, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sent a telegram to faith leaders around the country, including Unitarian Universalists, calling on them to join him in Selma. This past weekend marked the 50th anniversary. Rev. Cayer, ERUUF members, Unitarian Universalists, and many more, marched in Selma to continue witnessing against the “disease of racism”: voter disenfranchisement and the eroding of civil rights, the lack of justice especially for the deaths of young men and transgender women of color, and escalating inequality in our country.
See ERUUF in action and witness at Selma.
This is not time for a decision. You already have decided. You decided to seek a place where you could think about what is important to you. You decided what kind of community you wish to live in, and you decided how you can help shape that place. That place is ERUUF. A pledge of financial support to ERUUF is a tangible expression of what this special place means to you. Thank you for sharing that with us.
With over 275 people volunteering, giving donations and coming to bid, this year’s auction has truly lived up to its theme. While the final totals are not yet in, together we hit in the ballpark of $22,000 towards supporting ERUUF’s mission. And we had a great time doing it!
Thanks are owed to more people than there is space to list...
- questions for reflection from the ERUUF Board of Trustees
It is an axiom from antiquity for many religions that the giver of generosity is the one who benefits the most -- whether it is small everyday acts of kindness or large gifts of time and treasure. Research conducted by the Science of Generosity Initiative, a project at the University of Notre Dame, has, not surprisingly, confirmed this. Its research found that generous people, on the whole, were happier and healthier ...
Grants for 2014-15 = $24,300!
In an annual grants process, the Eno River Fellowship Foundation (ERFF) funds special projects that enhance the religious and spiritual life of the Fellowship and the communities ERUUF serves. Projects aligned with Areas of Strategic Development identified in the 2012-2014 Strategic Plan are especially encouraged. The Foundation considered 7 proposals across a broad spectrum of concerns this year and is delighted to announce funding of four.
Thank you for responding to our Vision Quest survey - we had over 130 responses! We appreciate your input and thoughts on how to improve the justice program at ERUUF. Vision Quest team members will present some of the survey responses at the services on October 19th, and the full survey findings will be included in our report, due to the Coordinating Team later this year.