Piercing the Mundane to Find the Marvelous
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Lead Minister
Have you ever had an experience of connecting the dots and coming up with something new? One of the most satisfying things to me is fixing things, or figuring out how to crack into what seems to be an insolvable problem. Once the metal lever that was the handle of our very old refrigerator snapped off. We had to save up for a replacement handle, so we opened the fridge with the prying tines of a hammer—and lots of grunting and concentrated muscle power. Then one day something tickled the edges of my mind as I stood in front of the fridge holding the hammer.
The Third Reconstruction
by Rev. Dr. William Barber and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Every year the UUA offers a Common Read. This is a terrific opportunity for UUs within a congregation, across many congregations and beyond, to read and discuss an urgent social issue. This year's Common Read is The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear by The Rev. Dr. William Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (Beacon, 2016).
ERUUF's Adult Programs Team is excited to offer the UUA Common Read Book Discussions at the end of January through February. Each group will have a discussion leader and will meet three times.
Interested? Here's what to do:
Each year, the Eno River Fellowship Foundation (ERFF) awards grants for projects that make a significant difference in supporting our ERUUF mission and priorities. We fund creative, seminal initiatives and enrichment of our facilities to fulfill our promises. In short, we ask ourselves, “What are we called to do and what do we need in place to get us there?” Answers to these questions and proposals that are submitted require this kind of deep thinking and have a direct link to ERUUF’s Strategic Plan and the Board’s End Statements.
I rose before dawn this past Sunday and headed east to be the guest preacher in Wilmington. The ride through eastern North Carolina was extraordinarily beautiful. Now in late autumn the deep blue sky arches broadly over the flat fields, and the rich russet and gold of changing leaves rings out from the surrounding woods. The sun is lower in the sky, and its thick, mellow light casts long shadows, even while wild asters and grasses shake their seeds into the wind. The cycle of life continues.
asks “What do you want?”
What do you want in your experience at ERUUF? What could ERUUF offer that other institutions do not? What types of adult programs would meet these needs? This winter, the ERUUF Adult Programs Team will be posing these questions to members of the congregation. This will mark the beginning of a discernment process that is intended to help improve and diversify ERUUF’s adult education portfolio. As always, if you have an idea for a class or discussion group, you are encouraged to submit your proposal here:
ABSTRACT PAINTINGS by Jarrett Burch
On display until February 16, 2017.
Jarrett Burch is a self-taught artist originally from the foothills of north Georgia who began painting around 2002. His inspirations include Mark Rothko, Norman Lewis, and Joan Mitchell.Jarrett’s paintings have been purchased by clients throughout the Triangle; Philadelphia; New York City; Los Angeles- and Calgary, Alberta.
The Eno River panels that have graced the sanctuary this past year have brought many positive comments - for the atmosphere they create for worship, for the beauty of the artistic work, for the creativity of linking the church’s name with its 50th anniversary celebration.
The panels will be stored in December to make way for seasonal decorations. In January the sanctuary will have a few weeks of quiet as we refocus for what comes next. The Eno River panels will be stored, to re-emerge at another time in the future.
The Great Fullness of Enough
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Lead Minister
I haven’t been a fan of Thanksgiving until recently. It was always a holiday with too much going on—relatives, noise, travel, stress. One year I remember constantly following my younger daughter as she climbed, poked and explored a cousin’s home that was mostly under construction.