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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.

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In Conversation with Rev. Jim Lewis

In Conversation with Rev. Jim Lewis, Minister of Lifespan Faith Development

Eric A. Hodges, Ministerial Transition Communication Team

Q: What is Rev. Lewis’ responsibility at ERUUF? And, what excites him about it?

Rev. Lewis is primarily responsible for our RE and adult programs, including covenant groups and
chalice circles. He will eventually move to coordination of pastoral care. As to what excites him about
this role, Rev. Lewis noted, “The balance of playfulness and presence.”

Q: What path led him to this position?

“I went into music education and discovered I loved working with children. When I went into seminary, I
expected to become a congregational minister, but along the way I had profound experiences in pastoral
care. In both cases, I felt a calling that pulled me on a different path than I had expected or intended.”
Another calling led him to ERUUF. “After seminary, I had intended to be in healthcare chaplaincy, but
when Rev. Jacqueline called, I thought about what I could give to a UU community in terms of pastoral
care and RE.”

Q: What would Rev. Lewis like the congregation to know about him?

“I am a horrible gardener so please don’t give me a plant, but I relax by playing farming games where I
can farm virtually. It’s relaxing to take care of my crops and animals.” As I think of the care Rev. Lewis
is providing to us, I find myself smiling as I think of him tending his virtual garden in his down time.

Trans Inclusion in Congregations Online Course

In order to deepen our congregation’s understanding of what it means to build Beloved Community, the Eno River Fellowship Foundation has made the videos from the on-line course available to member and friends of ERUUF for no charge. Our investment in the spiritual practice of radical welcome can change how we greet new people, how we share space with folks who are different from ourselves, and how we commit to being in relationship with one another.

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Ministry Transition Events and Updates



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  • August 1—Rev. Jacqueline returns with full staff team.
  • Summer 2022ERUUF Common Read - Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry. 
  • Sunday, June 5, 10:00 am—New Sunday Worship Start Time! Children join parents for the start of worship and then head off to their RE classes which will take place during the service!
  • Sunday, May 22—Rev. Cayer’s final worship service. 
  • Sunday, May 22, 12:30 pm—Congregation Annual Meeting. 
  • Saturday, May 21, 7:30 pm —Goodbye Celebration for Rev. Cayer. 
  • Sunday, May 15, 10:45 am—2500 Hours of Love worship service and celebration. Celebrate our year-long project of doing at least 2500 hours of racial equity, justice, and inclusion learning and work within our local communities. Amazing news: we’ve gone far beyond 2500 hours!
  • Monday, May 9, 10:45 am —Summer Transition Minister begins.
  • May 1 – Rev. Brett’s last day at ERUUF before she heads off for a 90-day summer sabbatical as recommended by the UUA’s Transition Office for new ministers who receive their call to ministry as an “inside candidate”. She’ll return on August 1.
  • Sunday, May 1, 10:45 am—New Member Sunday. Nearly 60 people joined ERUUF during the pandemic. Join us as we meet them live and in person during worship. We’ll also have a bridging ceremony for our high school youth. 
  • Sunday, April 24, 10:45 am—Earth and Climate Justice Sunday. Our annual service in celebration of Earth Day.
  • Sunday, April 17, 10:45 am—Easter Service and Flower Communion. Participate in this lovely tradition by bringing a flower to exchange during the service.

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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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Upcoming Classes

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Next Service

Sunday, May 26, 2024: 10:00 am (online and IN-PERSON)

Truth and Compassion
Rev. Daniel Trollinger with the Eno River Buddhist Community
Music: Sally Franz – Flute; Kate Lewis – Pianist; Wendy Looker – Music Director

As one of our Sources groups, The Eno River Buddhist Community will share practice and teachings focused on cultivating compassion. We will also offer a special ritual to lift up our prayers and concerns for the war in Gaza.

Worship Associate: Steve Seiberling, Eno River Buddhist Community