The ministers, staff, and greater ERUUF congregation would like to offer words of encouragement and hope to the family of Michael Brown, Jr. ("Big Mike") in light of the grand jury decision announced on Nov 24 in Missouri. We, too, are grieved at the tragic loss of this young man's life and by what is perceived by many as an unfortunate outcome in the justice system.
(>LINK to UUA Response to situation in Ferguson, MO.)
~From the Dec. 30 Sunday service on Leading With Your Heart: Whose Lives Are We Transforming?
The Christian season of Advent begins on November 30th this year. Advent consists of the four Sundays that precede Christmas and has probably been observed since the fourth century. Advent has been a time of spiritual reflection as well as cheer and anticipation.
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.
Rev. Deborah Cayer begins her sabbatical after services on September 28. She will away in October and November and will return for the month of December. Pick up a Guide to Rev. Cayer's Sabbatical in the Office or at the Visitor's table on Sunday or download a copy below.
All ERUUFians --members, newcomers, occasional attendees--are encouraged to sign up to be a guest at one or more "Dinners in Homes" events being held during Oct. and Nov.
In Times of Trouble, We Stand on the Side of Love Together
by Reverend Deborah Cayer
The world’s been full to overflowing with big, awful events. Maybe it always has been, and now the news is simply more available (1200 tv channels, countless websites, RSS feeds, Twitter, Instagram, and more).
Healing Through Love
by Rev. Deborah Cayer
I recently came across the work of Jeff Foster, a psychotherapist and spiritual teacher from the UK. His calling is to help people learn to be present to one another, particularly in very challenging circumstances. He writes,
"Just to sit without expectation with someone who is in grief or fear or loneliness or despair, without trying to fix them in any way, or manipulate their experience to match your idea of how it should be;
New Sunday Programs
In conjunction with adjusting our worship times to 9:15 & 11:15 am, we are adding a new series of classes called “Discover and Deepen” on Sunday mornings (begins Sept. 7, 2014). The new classes will be offered in-between the worship services and last about 50 mins. (10:20-11:10 am).