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.
It turned out to be a gorgeous weekend for the 12 volunteers who came out to help plant and mulch our new entrance landscaping. Around 100 plants had been set in place by Tributary Landscaping on soil that had been tilled and amended, ready for planting. Now, we just had to go to work - planting, watering and finally mulching.
In an ongoing effort to honor best practices with regards to financial accounting and reporting at ERUUF, we will be sharing information in a more regular pattern with the entire Fellowship. In addition to a monthly article, there is a new web site area called "ERUUF by the Numbers" which will report relevant figures in the life of the congregation (membership, attendance, financial reports, graphs, and more!)
The complete ERUUF Library collection is now searchable online! Wait, the ERUUF Library collection? Yes, ERUUF has a lending library for ERUUF members. It's in Room 6 of the Care Building. It also has a page on the ERUUF web site (Library). There you can find a link to our online catalog, and tips on how to find resources that will enrich your unique spiritual journey.