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News Items

Montgomery Pilgrimage Is Happening in 2023

In the spring of 2020 over 50 ERUUFians planned to go on a pilgrimage to visit significant Civil Rights museums and sites in Montgomery AL. And, as we know, Covid-19 happened, but we're glad to report that it's a go for 2023. As expected, some of the original people are unable to make the trip so there's space for others to join us. We'll depart ERUUF on Monday, April 10 and return on Saturday, April 15.

Traveling to and from Montgomery takes a full day, leaving four full days to visit 10 historical sites and museums. Some of the sites included are the National Memorial for Peace and Justice (informally known as the National Lynching Memorial, a national memorial to commemorate the black victims of lynching), the Voting Rights Museum, and the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The total cost of $1,170 includes all transportation, lodging, meals and admission to all sites (some scholarship funds are available).

To view the full itinerary, pdfplease click here. If you have any questions or want to sign up, please contact Diane Blount.

Refamiliarizing Ourselves with Reverend Daniel Trollinger

by the Ministerial Transition Communication Team

Reverend Daniel Trollinger is a familiar face around ERUUF, but is no longer in a familiar role. Instead of keeping the Fellowship office running smoothly, he is in a new role as Executive Minister!

When asked about his current responsibility and what excites him about it he said, “ I am excited about the opportunities for creativity and connection in my new role as Executive Minister which calls me to be more forward facing with the congregation through participating in worship, offering classes, and working with certain program groups. I serve as staff partner for Affinity groups and new groups, Buildings and Grounds, Stewardship Steering Team, White Awareness Group, Pledge Drive Team, and Planned Giving Team. In addition to serving on the Coordinating Team and Worship Team, I continue to hold several broad areas of responsibility at ERUUF: finance and long-term financial planning; communications; staff supervision; Information Technology; and facilities maintenance (large projects). Many of the day-to-day operations and facilities issues are now handled by Shawn Trimble, our Office Administrator.”

Read more: Refamiliarizing Ourselves with Reverend Daniel Trollinger

In Conversation with Shawn Trimble

by the Ministerial Transition Communication Team

Q: What is your current responsibility at ERUUF and what excites you about it?

I am responsible for supporting the office and its systems run smoothly. It’s a multifaceted role that includes general office support, facilities maintenance, room rental management, worship producing, and the tech team. It’s exciting to create new systems, and I am grateful for our wonderful team who make it possible for me to do so.

Q: What path led you to this position?

Serendipity led me here and what started as a part-time RE Assistant, turned into a part-time office assistant, to a full-time facilities coordinator. Witnessing the work of the justice ministry over the years and the courageous work of this community to tackle racial equity and inclusion has held my attention.

Q: What would you like the congregation to know about you?

I am an adventurous soul who enjoys writing and creating global movements that bring people together. One day I’d love to operate a retreat center, own a boat, an R/V, and travel the world interviewing folks for an inspiring written legacy of life lessons, entitled, Dear World. #Iamfreedomsdrum

In Conversation with Wendy Looker

In Conversation with Wendy Looker, Music Director

Ministerial Transition Communication Team

Wendy Looker is ERUUF’s new Music Director. She tells me that making music with others has always energized her. Wendy is particularly excited about the collaborative approach Rev. Jacqueline facilitates when they co- create meaningful worship experiences. As a member of the senior staff and worship team, Wendy serves as staff partner to ERUUF’s music groups as well as the sound team. As those who have been attending services know, she conducts both the Beloved Community Chorus and the Eno River Singers and has sung an occasional solo during service.

Read more: In Conversation with Wendy Looker

Newsworthy Conversations

Rev. Daniel Trollinger
September 21, 2023
The Inner Workings
Every day we are inundated with information. Through words, images, conversations, screens, media, people, and life…it can be hard to keep track of what is most important in the deluge of noise and “news.” This year, the ministers at ERUUF are offeri...
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
September 14, 2023
Palms Together

The path of spirit is grounded in the embodied experience.
~ Zenju Earthlyn Manuel

Rev. Jim Lewis
September 07, 2023
Holding Hearts
In the past year or so, I have often reflected about the newness which we are welcoming into our lives, especially as we move forward from the most intense points of isolation connected to COVID-19. This week at ERUUF it was moving to two services ea...

ERUUF Coronavirus Updates

April 27, 2023

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, September 24, 2023: 9:00 am (in person only), 11:00 am (online and in person)

Welcoming In Multiple Ways of Knowing: Pride Service
Worship Leader: Rev. Jim Lewis
Music: Beloved Community Chorus [11:00am]; Kate Lewis – Pianist; Wendy Looker – Music Director

As we grow, the world shifts, and we interact with new people, we find more ways of understanding and knowing our world. We will honor the importance of multiple ways of knowing on LGBTQIA Pride Sunday in Durham. Worship Associate: Lisa Jones