Visiting for the First Time?
Welcome fellow seeker! We're glad you've found us!
The Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship -- or ERUUF as we like to say -- is committed to the inclusion of every person. All are welcome here without regard to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or economic status.
Be sure and stop by a visitor table on Sunday morning when you arrive. There you will find an information packet and a nametag so our members can greet you. Fill out a guest registry form and we will send you our newsletter, let you know about upcoming events, and connect you with ERUUF groups of interest to you. Your visitor host is also happy to answer any questions you might have.
When is the Next Service?
Sunday, October 21, 2018: 9:00 & 11:15 am
In his famous 1895 Atlanta Exposition speech, the African American educator and public intellectual Booker T. Washington considered the challenges Americans were facing during post-war reconstruction. He advised the audience to look past the daunting in search of the innovative. What insights can we take from that notion during these challenging times? What does our faith - and faith formation - call us to do?
Dr. Mark A. Hicks is the Angus MacLean Professor of Religious Education and Director of the Fahs Collaborative Laboratory for Innovation in Faith Formation at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago (Unitarian Universalist). As a scholar, curriculum write and educator, Dr. Hicks uses the power of collaboration, the arts, and transformative learning theory in service of building just, compassionate, and inclusive learning communities. He is the author of the UU curriculum, Building the World We Dream About; Beloved Conversations, and currently under development, “Gathering Our Selves: Spiritual Resources for People of Color.” He is a lay leader at All Souls Unitarian, Washington, DC.
What are Sunday services like?
Each service begins with a welcome followed by sounding a temple bell and settling into quiet.
Next is a musical prelude, opening words, chalice lighting, and hymn.
We greet one another, hear a story for all ages, share joys and sorrows, and occasionally hear from a guest who might briefly speak about an important topic.
We have silent meditation and spoken prayers, and readings from sources as diverse as the world’s religions, modern poetry or the front page of the newspaper.
Often we hear reflections from our own members as well as a minister’s sermon.
Every week there’s a chance to affirm our commitment to our chosen faith and practice generosity through our giving as we pass the plate.
The service ends with singing and words for going forth.
What can children expect to experience on Sundays?
Children begin most Sunday mornings in the sanctuary with their family then leave for classes (for ages 3 and up) after a story for all ages. See Youth Page.
Nursery child care is available for babies and toddlers. You are also welcome to have your child(ren) remain with you.
The Chapel adjacent to the Sanctuary is available for families with children who may not be able to sit still and remain quiet during a service. You can see and hear the service from this location.
After the service, we invite you to the Fellowship Hall right across the breezeway for coffee, tea and conversation. Different groups in the Fellowship will have information tables about upcoming programs and projects. Or if you would like to find out more about ERUUF, join the Inquirers Series class in the Commons Room (coffee available here too!).
Can I get a copy of the sermon?
Audio recordings of sermons are available via podcast.
How can I find out more?
We hold newcomer classes weekly. We offer information about ourselves, Unitarian Universalism, quick ways to get involved, and opportunities for you to ask questions. See Inquirers Series for more info.