March 12, 2017

A Brief History of Alternative Facts
Jacqueline Brett, Student Minister, Worship Leader

Zen Buddhist teacher Huineng says, “Truth has nothing to do with words.” But what happens when the language of the powerful does not reflect the truth of our lived experience? How do we shape our reality in a language of truth and integrity?

March 5, 2017

Aging Courageously
Rev. Claudia Frost, Guest Preacher

Thomas Moore says, “Aging is not about growing older but about living more fully and identifying more with our soul.” During our time of worship let’s take a look at what it means to live our best lives with integrity and wholeness at any age.

Rev. Claudia Frost first heard her call to ministry when she was a lay leader here at ERUUF, and this fellowship ordained her in 2008. She's a graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School, and serves the Outlaws Bridge Universalist Church in Seven Springs, NC. She is married to David Frost and lives in Chapel Hill.

February 26, 2017

Dream Big
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

Some people say “go big or go home.” But is that really the best we can do? What if we were to go big, and go somewhere amazing together?
In the early part of the service, Gin Jackson of Urban Ministries will share stories of UMD’s success and ways to volunteer.

February 19, 2017

Spiritual Resistance and Resilience
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

The slogan “make America great again” would have us go back to a time when America was great for some, but hardly for all.  How do we sustain ourselves while we work for an America that is yet to be—a country open to and inclusive of all, and willing to give everyone a chance?

February 12, 2017

No Fur, No Feathers
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship leader

Salamanders have no fur, no feathers, and arrive amid the cold of very early spring. How do such vulnerable critters survive? How do we find the courage to love what’s small and vulnerable in us, in our loved ones, in the world? This morning we’ll dedicate some of our children during the service.

February 5, 2017

Creative Courage in Times of Darkness
Jacqueline Brett, Worship Leader

African Americans possess a long lineage of people who lived with great courage during extraordinarily difficult times. What might we draw upon in such a heritage as we confront the fears and challenges of today?

This is a Generosity Sunday and our recipient is Step Up Ministry, a non-denominational organization that provides employment and life skills training.

January 29, 2017

Creating a Voice

For more than ten years, ERUUF’s Literary Journal has offered our members a place to publish their original writing. Ceil Cleveland, editor for most of these years, believes that seeing one’s work in print is greatly empowering. This morning we lift up the many voices

January 22, 2017

Kevin Badanes and Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leaders

This morning we use some of the songs from the smash hit, Hamiliton, to lift up values and civil rights that have long been important to our nation. As in the original musical, ERUUF’s version is intentionally cast to make us all notice what the founding fathers were sometimes unable to comprehend—that they fell far short in extending those values and rights past a limited circle of race, gender and class. This morning we re-inaugurate our Liberal Religious Values for the purpose of a world with more rights for all.

January 15, 2017

Staying Awake
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

In one of his great sermons, Dr. King reminded people of Rip Van Winkle, who slept through the American Revolution. He reminds us how important it is to stay awake through great changes. What must we stay awake to in our time?

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.