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Where Are ERUUF's Ministers?

ERUUF's ministers are currently away on a much-needed summer break:
  • Rev. Jim will return on July 15.
  • Rev. Jacqueline and Rev. Daniel will return on August 1.
  • Rev. Patty Hanneman will provide pastoral care through July 14. She can be reached at . Phone messages can also be left for her on the pastoral care extension of ERUUF's main phone line: 919-489-2575.
Sunday services through July 28 are being led by lay leaders and several guest speakers.

Rev. Deborah Cayer Voted as Minister Emerita

Screenshot_2024-05-26_at_5.47.51 PM.pngAt ERUUF's Annual Meeting on May 19, 2024 the congregation overwhelmingly voted to designate Rev. Deborah Cayer Minister Emerita. Rev. Cayer served ERUUF for 14 years, which included 12 years as Lead Minister.

Below is Rev. Cayer's response to this honor:

Dear Members and Friends,

My heart is overflowing with gratitude and love upon hearing the news that at this year's Annual Meeting members voted to designate me Minister Emerita. Thank you for this distinguished honor and opportunity to be in right relationship with the congregation.

Though Chris and I are away from Durham for a good part of the year, ERUUF is always in our minds and hearts. Thank you again for this lovely honor.

Rev. Deborah

Regarding the Maple beside the Care Building

Sad Garden News: The large Japanese maple beside the Care Building has declined and is largely dead. This maple was planted in the mid 1990's in honor of RE Director, Anne Barton Robinson. We want to acknowledge this dedication as we make plans to remove and replace the tree.

The area of the flower bed next to the Japanese Garden will be reworked and a new tree planted in the Fall.

General Assembly Service of the Living Tradition Announcement

The Ministries and Faith Development Staff Group is proud to announce the 2024 Service of the Living Tradition (SLT) preacher Rev. Jacqueline Brett. Additionally, we are thrilled to have the uplifting talents of Soren Austenfeld as SLT music director. This historic worship service honors those who have died, recognizes those who have completed professional service, and welcomes those who have received fellowship, credentialed, or certified status in the past year.

The Service of the Living Tradition will stream on the GA App on
Friday, June 21 at 6:30pm ET / 5:30pm CT / 4:30 MT / 3:30 PT.

While registration for GA is needed to view the full SLT service on June 21, we will provide the recording of Rev. Brett's sermon at ERUUF's service on Sunday morning, July 21.

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A new phase has been reached in the COVID-19 virus.

As a spiritual community, we at ERUUF strive to create a culture of respect and care for one another. Our Covid-19 policies have been guided by serious concern and consideration for the safety and well-being of all ERUUF members, staff, and visitors, with a commitment to equity and care for the most vulnerable among us and those who are marginalized both at ERUUF and in the larger community.

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Sunday, July 14, 2024: 10:00 am (online and IN-PERSON)

Wherever Two or Three Are Gathered...
Guest Speaker: Yuri Yamamoto
Music: Ms. Joan Tilghman; Kate Lewis – Pianist; Wendy Looker – Music Director

Worship Associate: Sarah Rose Nordgren

Yuri will consider the scripture in light of their experiences of divine presence as a chaplain.

Yuri Yamamoto (they/she) is a board-certified clinical chaplain at Central Prison in Raleigh. They are commissioned and endorsed by FCM. Yuri weaves history, arts, improvisation, and sacred stories to make sense of their life. Yuri’s website is