CAREFUL TO CAREFREE - watercolors by Carol Liz Fynn
On display until the end of May
Watercolorist Carol Liz Fynn's exhibit of paintings illustrates how watercolor has a mind of its own–where an erratic nature can be tamed by technique and where happy accidents are embraced.
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.
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.
After years of service, Ann Ringland has stepped down as the coordinator of Pride of Place gardening events. We extend our gratitude for all her hard work in helping keep our campus beautiful! We are now looking for her replacement, someone who has organizational skills and maybe knows a bit about gardening. This position is primarily needed to coordinate volunteer efforts towards the maintenance of ERUUF landscaping.
Two years ago, a team of ERUUFians started out on a Vision Quest to look into the best practices for doing justice work in a congregation of our size. Their final report was completed in December 2014 and led to the appointment of a Transition Team to implement their recommendations.
The following Letter to the Editor appeared in the Thursday, April 21 printed edition of the Durham Herald Sun. (It was also sent to the N&O but has not yet been published.) ERUUF’s Board carefully weighed the need to speak out on this moral issue against the constraints the congregation has as a non-profit not to lobby for or against a particular piece of legislation.
Letter to the Editor
To the Editor: As people of faith we are angry and distressed by North Carolina’s new Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act (HB 2). This hastily written, poorly conceived legislation attempts to solve social problems that we do not have. There is no current epidemic of men invading women’s bathrooms or children’s locker rooms.
This statement by the Justice Ministry Council of ERUUF has been sent to the News and Observer, Equality North Carolina, NAACP-NC, the Human Rights Campaign, UU congregations in North Carolina and our UU Southeast Region.
Statement of Immediate Witness - April 25, 2016
The Justice Ministry of the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durham, North Carolina rejects in its strongest terms both the spirit and the likely unconstitutional intent of the new Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act (HB 2), the so-called discriminatory anti-LGBTQ legislation that has now become law in our state of North Carolina.