January 24, 2021

Morning in America 
Revs. Cayer and Brett
Music: Kate Lewis

It's a new day in America, and there is promise.  At the same time the mess that our democracy is in now, the mess it has always been for some of us, has been exposed for all to see. 

When U.S. Rep. Andy Kim saw the debris and wreckage left in the Capitol building on January 6, he simply asked for a trash bag and began cleaning up.  We, too, need to join in that effort.  This morning we'll consider how we got here, and then some of the inner qualities we each need in order to begin to move from the flawed and dangerous place our country is now, to a truly more fair and inclusive America that we know we can become together.

 

January 17, 2021

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service: Meeting the Demands of Power
Revs. Cayer and Brett

Representative John Lewis said that when Dr. King was killed it felt as though part of himself died with him.  And yet he still worked with other people to fight for racial justice and the common good for the next fifty.  What does this mean for us today?  Ms. Atinuke Diver,  Executive Director, Durham CAN, Guest Speaker.   

About our Guest Speaker

Atinuke "Tinu" Akintola Diver is the Lead Organizer and Executive Director of Durham CAN (Congregations, Associations and Neighborhoods), a broad-based, community organization building power for a better Durham.  Tinu was born in Boston, Massachusetts, raised in Prince George's County Maryland, attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and finds joy in bringing her background as a lawyer and artist (writing and documentary) into her work as a community organizer.  

 

January 10, 2021

This I Believe
Gerda Presson, Lisa Jones, Eric Hodges, Rev. Deborah Cayer    
Music: Helen Wolfson, Eric Thomas, and Kate Lewis

Like other religious liberals, Unitarian Universalists tend to think of life, including spiritual life, as a journey that begins with their lived experience and leads to ongoing learning and growth. In this service, three ERUUF members will share their credos. A credo is a statement of faith, the meaning that one makes of their experience at a particular point in their unfolding spiritual journey.     

(Note: due to Youtube's technical difficulties on January 3, many ERUUF members haven't yet been able to view that Sunday service, which includes original music by Helen and Eric, our guest musicians. With gratitude for their generosity, we'll share much of the music from last week in this week's service.)

 

January 3, 2021

Turtles All the Way Down
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Helen Wolfson, Eric Thomas, Kate Lewis

How can we know what’s true?  How might this be informed by our spiritual beliefs?  

December 27, 2020

Kwanzaa Service
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: Lea Morris and ERUUF Kwanzaa Ensemble

Join us for our annual Kwanzaa celebration, this year focused on Kujichagulia, the principle of self-determination. All members and friends are invited to attend this beautiful online celebration of Black lives and the human spirit. We'll pour libations, honor the Ancestors, light candles, and share reflections. Worship presenters: Steve Franklin, Chris Macon, Venia Lekavich, Joan Tilghman, Jaye Vaughn, and Ann Verdine-Jones.

 

 

December 24, 2020

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. 

December 20, 2020

Jazz for the Holidays
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: NCCU Jazz Studies

ERUUF 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 13, 2020

Holiday Music Service   
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: River Folk, Chalice Singers, Eno River Singers, and Trilight

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 6, 2020

Counting Blessings, Finding Abundance
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Rev. Stacy Grove; Paul Baerman, Pam DiLavore, Claudia Kaplan and Kate Lewis

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 Urban Ministries from home.  

November 29, 2020

Coming of Age Service

Our high school youth have participated in a year-long program with teachers and mentors to explore UU history, theology, spiritual practices, and most importantly to discover what’s living within themselves. With support from our DRE, Julia Tyler, and Revs. Brett and Cayer, the youth lead this service, provide the music, and will each share a bit of their longer credos with us.

Every Sunday in November the Offering (beyond regular pledges) will go to Urban Ministries of Durham. 

November 22, 2020

Living Into Possibility: A Womanist Faith
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: Tyra Scott, Kate Lewis
Writer Alice Walker introduced the term "womanist" to our lexicon nearly 40 years ago to describe the experiences of Black women at the intersection of gender, race, class and sexuality. Today's service will offer expressions of womanist theology and faith that has infused individual lives, communities, and even the life of our nation.
Rev. Jacqueline Brett is today's worship leader, joined by Naa-Norley Adom, Jaye Vaughn and Ann Verdine-Jones. Music is by vocalist Tyra Scott and Kate Lewis on piano.

Every Sunday in November the Offering (beyond regular pledges) will go to Urban Ministries of Durham.  

November 8, 2020

Where Do We Go From Here?   
Revs. Cayer and Brett
Music: River Folk

No matter how the election turns out, our culture is facing multiple crises that demand the best of us. How might we tap into ourselves to bring forth the best we have to offer? And where do we go to apply this? Early in the service, we will welcome ERUUF’s newest members!  

Every Sunday in November the Offering (beyond regular pledges) will go to Urban Ministries of Durham.  

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