30 Days of Love (2015)

30DaysOfLoveThis year, ERUUFians have the opportunity to join with folks all over the country in this month-long spiritual journey of commitment to action and service. Beginning mid-January, check out E-news and Facebook postings where you’ll find quotes, reminders, and opportunities for love and service. Everyone at ERUUF is asked to offer at least one hour of service during the campaign which runs from January 18 to February 16. May we harness love’s power as we seek to live into our mission of transforming lives.

See listing of Service Saturdays and Events below.

Service Saturdays 

Volunteering with SEEDS—Jan. 17, 9 am-noon

Location: Meet @ SEEDS: 706 Gilbert Street, Durham, NC 27701

SEEDS teaches respect for life, for the earth and for each other through gardening and growing food.


Habitat for Humanity—Jan. 24, 8:30-11:30 am

Location: 1211/1213 Spruce Street, Durham, NC                 

Each year, Durham Habitat helps nearly 20 families build homes in Durham. Built mostly with volunteer labor, all homes are professionally supervised and built to ensure high quality and consistency. Habitat families provide “sweat equity,” working alongside our volunteers and staff in home construction, and Habitat provides zero-interest mortgages. If you are interested in volunteering for Habitat, please contact ahead of time as there is online registration required and 5 slots reserved for those volunteers able to commit.


Urban Ministries—Sort Clothes

Saturday, January 31, 10am-12pm

Meet at Urban Ministries Clothing Closet: 410 Liberty Street

In the first half of fiscal year 2013-2014, the Clothing Closet distributed 26,019 articles of clothing. Clothing is available to anyone in need and guests may receive clothing once per 30-day period.


Red Cross Blood Drive

Saturday, February 7, 10:30-3pm

Location: ERUUF Fellowship Hall (4907 Garrett Road, Durham, NC)

This year our goal is to get at least 20 donors.

Every two seconds someone in America gets a blood transfusion. Five million patients will need blood this year. 


Reception and Artist’s Talk for “From the World to Lynn: Stories of Immigration” Documentary Exhibit

Thursday, January 15, 6-8pm

Location: Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University // 1317 West Pettigrew Street, Durham, NC 27705


The exhibit, composed of black-and-white photographs, audio oral histories, and an interactive website, is the product of an independent project Andrea Patiño Contreras undertook while in Lynn, Massachusetts, as a Lewis Hine Documentary Fellow, to help her better understand the community in which she was working.

Open through April 13, 2014 every M-Sa // M-Th 9am-7pm, F-Sa 9am-5pm


LECTURE: 34th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture and Presentation of 31st Annual Martin Luther King Scholarship

Monday, January 19, 7:30-9pm

Location: Memorial Hall, 114 East Cameron Avenue, Chapel Hill, NC 

Dr. King’s life continues to inspire people around the globe. This year’s inspirational keynote speaker is famed activist Angela Davis. A staunch advocate of prisoners’ rights and prison reform, in 1972 Davis was acquitted of charges that had led to her being placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List. Angela Davis is the author of nine books and has lectured throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America. She taught for fifteen years at the University of California Santa Cruz where she is now Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness—an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program—and of Feminist Studies.

Event is free but tickets are required and will be available at Memorial Hall starting January 5, 2015


MUSIC and POETRY: “He was a Poem, He was a Song”: UNC Martin Luther King Jr. Week Commemoration Event

Tuesday, January 20, 7pm

Location: Stone Center for Black Culture and History, Stone Center Auditorium // Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Cost: Free // To RSVP, call 919-962-9001

A tribute to the legacy of Dr. King in verse and song, featuring Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Carolyn Malachi. Her unique style and sound blends jazz, R&B, and hip-hop and has garnered international acclaim. The program will also include performances by UNC’s EROT (Ebony Readers Onyx Theatre) and Sacrificial Poets. This event is part of UNC at Chapel Hill’s annual MLK week celebration.


PLAY: “Trouble in Mind”

Wednesday, January 21, 7:30-10pm

Location: Paul Green Theatre // 150 Country Club Road, Chapel Hill, NC 

PlayMakers presents a scathingly funny backstage drama, Trouble in Mind by Alice Childress. Broadway, 1957. In rehearsals for a groundbreaking racially integrated production, the leading actress must wrestle with a choice between the role of a lifetime or compromising her values, in this bitingly satiric classic. “Wise and extraordinarily winning” “one of the best plays about racism ever written” – The Washington Post

Playing every day until February 7, 2015


LECTURE: Racialized Spaces & Proper Places: Frantz Fanon, Decolonization & Rise of Territorialities

Thursday, January 22, 3-5pm

Location: Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library, Chapel Hill

Cost: Free // 919-962-6810 //


LECTURE: Prospects for Accountability in Latin America

Thursday, January 22, 12-1:30pm

Location: Smith Warehouse, Bay 7, C105 “Garage”

Series name: Commissioning Truths: Thirty Years after Nunca Mas

Presenters: Kate Doyle, Jo Marie Burt, and Diane Nelson

Kate Doyle is a Senior Analyst of U.S. policy in Latin America at the National Security Archive. Jo-Marie Burt teaches political science at George Mason University, where she is also director of Latin American Studies and Co-director of the Center for Global Studies. Diane M Nelson is a Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Women's Studies at Duke University.


LECTURE: Lecture by civil rights leader Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr.

Tuesday, February 3, 5:30-6:30pm

Location: Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building (School of Social Work), Auditorium, 325 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, 27599 // Parking available in the deck of the FedEx Global Education building on the corner of Pittsboro and McCauley Street. Cost: Free

Lifelong activist Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. will share his evolving perspectives on the value and urgent need for “freedom-fighting” social workers who can help lead toward a more positive and inclusive social transformation of our nation and world into a better place to live for all people.


Moral March in Raleigh (HK on J)

Saturday, February 14

8:15 am: Gather at ERUUF to carpool to Raleigh.

9 am: Gather at Shaw University on Wilmington Street between South Street and MLK Jr. Blvd.

10am: March begins towards State Capitol.

Mass Moral March on Raleigh, calling for labor rights, education equality, health care for all, equal protection under the law, and voting rights.