Holidays at ERUUF

While the pandemic is forcing us to do things very differently, the Holidays are ON at ERUUF!  Our lay leaders, ministers and staff are hard at work producing videos for services, and we’re planning new ways to continue long-standing traditions from home. Here’s what’s coming:  

November 29, 10:30 am: Coming of Age Service led by high school youth, Julia Tyler, and Revs. Brett and Cayer. After the service, youth and some of their mentors will be in breakout rooms for Coffee Hour, because they know you will want to visit with them!  Watch archived service here. 

December 6, 10:30 am: Counting Blessings, Finding Abundance  - In this service, we’ll consider all that we have to be thankful for, and how this can support us and help us feel connected.   We’ll also consider the liberal religious roots that support this world view. Rev. Cayer, Henry Amador-Batten, Worship Associate, and Rev. Stacy Grove; Paul Baerman, Pam DiLavore, Claudia Kaplan and Kate Lewis offer the morning’s music.RE families will bake cookies for the shelter from home. Watch archived service here. 

December 13, 10:30 am: Holiday Music ServiceOur music groups love to sing together and are finding new ways that make this possible from our members’ individual homes. This service will feature members from ERUUF’s River Folk, Chalice Singers, Eno River Singers, and Trilight; our Worship Associates will share seasonal readings. Rev. Cayer, Worship Leader. In RE this morning we’re having a Sock Hop and families will wrap socks at home for the guests at Urban Ministries.  

December 20, 10:30 am: Jazz for the HolidaysERUUF has developed a partnership with professional musicians from the Jazz Studies Department at North Carolina Central University. This year they’ve carefully planned a safe way to bring us a service filled with music and meaning.  Rev. Jacqueline Brett, worship leader, Chris Macon and Lisa Jones, Worship Associates.

December 20, 4:00 pm: No-Rehearsal Pageant - Join us online at 4:00 pm. We’ll assign roles, then you’ll rummage through your stuff to find a simple costume (socks can be paws, bathrobes make awesome garb for wise persons, scarves are shawls, etc). You can act out your role as your part of the story is read aloud. All are welcome!  Questions and Zoom link, Contact: Julia Tyler, Director.   

December 21, 5:00 pm: Solstice Celebration ERUUF Covenant of UU Pagans  

December 24, 7:00 pm: Christmas Eve Service  - Join us to hear traditional stories, sing familiar carols, and listen to a Christmas choir of adults and children, directed by Jocelyn Neal. We’ll join together in the darkness to pass the light as we sing Silent Night from home this year. Ministers and staff, including Kate Lewis, will lead this service.  

Join us online before this service at 6:45 if you'd like to sing a few carols before the service begins! The service will include a candle lighting ritual for everyone to do at home.  So have a candle ready for each person and some matches.  Any candles that you have will be just fine. However, if you'd like to come to ERUUF to pick up candles and drip catchers for this annual ritual, you're welcome to take however many you need from the plastic covered box that's temporarily located on the breezeway near the ERUUF Office main door.  We had hoped to be able to pass out candles in person at an outside drive-through event, but with covid cases on the rise we decided this is not safely possible this year.        

December 27,  10:30 am Kwanzaa Service- This year our service leaders will take us through a celebration of Kujichaglia, the principle of self-determination, as they pour libations, honor the Ancestors, light candles, and tell stories. Rev. Brett and some of our Black and African American members lead the service; all members and friends are invited to attend this beautiful online celebration of the human spirit. Lea Morris and ERUUF singers provide the morning’s music.   

Coming in January: “30 Days of Love” - Every day this month, we’ll consider a moral quality or spiritual practice that everyone can cultivate within themselves so that democracy is able to thrive in the public square. Learn more >>       

January 3, 10:30 am: Turtles All the Way Down - How can we know what’s true?  How might this be informed by our spiritual beliefs?  Rev. Cayer, worship leader. Helen Wolfson, Eric Thomas and Kate Lewis provide the music.  

January 10, 10:30 am:  This I Believe - Our high school youth share their credos with us at the end of their Coming of Age program year.  And this is a practice that we continue our whole life long. This morning three ERUUF members will share their credos. (More info coming soon)

January 17, 10:30 am: MLK Service (More info coming soon)