January 8, 2017

Why Church Now?
Reverend Cheryl M. Walker, Guest Preacher

We’re excited to welcome the Rev. Cheryl Walker to ERUUF this morning as part of an “off set” pulpit exchange. Deb preached in Wilmington in November, and Rev. Walker preaches in Durham this morning.

The Reverend Cheryl M. Walker has served as the Pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Wilmington, NC since 2009. Prior to coming to Wilmington, she served four years as the Assistant Minister at the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City. She has served on several committees for the Unitarian Universalist Association and is the President of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association. She hold a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Springfield College and a Master of Divinity from The Union Theological Seminary of New York. Rev. Walker lives with her partner, Elizabeth, and their cat, Hazel, in Wilmington.

(Services canceled for Jan 8 * winter weather)

January 1, 2017

Kwanzaa   One Service 10:30 am  
Jacqueline Brett, Student Minister, youth and adult members of the fellowship, Worship Leaders

This seventh day of Kwanzaa is also the first day of the new year. This morning we'll celebrate the 7 principles of the holiday with an intergenerational service that includes ritual and readings. Music from the Beloved Community Chorus. Afterward the Multicultural Team hosting a Kwanzaa karamu -- or feast -- in the Fellowship Hall.

December 25, 2016

ONE Christmas Morning Informal Gathering 10:30 am  

Christmas falls on a Sunday, and for the few who might be out and about we offer an informal gathering in the Fellowship Hall followed by a special coffee hour. Our regular volunteers have the morning off, so those who gather are asked (as you’re able) to help serve coffee and lightly tidy up.  

December 18, 2016

Get Up, Stand Up!
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

A Japanese proverb says, “Fall down seven times. Stand up eight.” Where is your power to get up one more time than you fall down? When you can’t find it in yourself, how might spiritual community help?

December 11, 2016

Holiday Music Service
Dr. Kevin Badanes, Music Director, and Rev. Cayer, Worship Leaders

This morning’s service features all of ERUUF’s choirs and choral groups, and the congregation will sing favorite songs of the season.

December 4, 2016

Calling All Spiritual Warriors
Rev. Deborah Cayer, chief recruiter.  And preacher.

The time to show up is NOW. There is no one better than you for the job. You provide your doubt, pain, hurt and anguish. We will provide the training. It’s time to get real. Like the Buddha who taught his followers, “Silence the angry man with love. Silence the ill-natured man with kindness. Silence the miser with generosity. Silence the liar with truth.” Like Jesus, who taught his friends to pray for their enemies. You’ve got everything required, and WE want YOU for this army of all who are willing to answer the call of love.      

This is a Generosity Sunday, and our recipient this month is the Interfaith Food Shuttle.

November 27, 2016

Don't Just Give Thanks
Rev. Dr. Xolani Kacela, Worship Leader    

UUs are great at being thankful, expressing gratitude and talking about our values. On Thanksgiving, can we move to turning our gratitude into action and real change?

November 20, 2016

Thinking Mango Thoughts in a Meatloaf Town and other songs and stories
Rev. Meg Barnhouse, Guest Preacher

Being a UU when the surrounding culture is conservative brings its own joys and responsibilities. How do we get more "mouthy" as UUs? How do we laugh gently at our foibles? Why do we do church the way we do? Meg will read from her books and sing some of her original songs, backed up by her wife, Kiya Heartwood, an award-winning singer songwriter.

Rev. Meg Barnhouse grew up in North Carolina and Philadelphia. After graduating from Duke University and Princeton Theological Seminary, she served as a college chaplain, pastoral counselor, and congregational minister in Spartanburg, SC, Princeton, NJ, and is now the settled minister of First UU Church of Austin, Texas. In addition Meg is a singer/songwriter who's work has appeared on NPR. She's the author of numerous books, which are compilations of the pieces she created for radio and the UU World magazine.

November 13, 2016

Now What?
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

The election is finally over.  Now, how do we go forward?

November 6, 2016

The Promise  
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

The main part of this morning’s service will be a dramatic presentation by actors and musicians, directed by Paul Baerman. They’ll offer us the story of a tough young girl who lives in a broken city. When she attempts to steal a bag from an old woman she’s surprised by the woman’s strength, and even more by a promise that the woman wrestles from her. Unitarian Universalists are people who believe that our choices and commitments matter. This morning we explore why this is important, especially in troubling times and places.

October 30, 2016

Memory and Hope
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

In this morning’s annual All Soul’s service we’ll create a table for pictures of our ancestors. We’ll light candles, say their names, sing, and remember what’s essential from their lives, to ours, into the future.

Bring a picture of an ancestor for the Memory Table.

October 23, 2016

Cycles and Seasons
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

There are rhythms and patterns in our lives as well as in the natural world. And sometimes these are in synch, and sometimes they’re at odds. This will be a sermon about UU worship—shaping things of worth. Why and how do we do this as UUs?