April 10, 2016

Finding Inner Strength
Rev. Dr. Xolani Kacela, Worship Leader; Worship Associate, Michael Field

During these difficult times, we all need strength for the journey. We'll be looking at ways to find inner strength, both communally and personally, as we live out the promise of Unitarian Universalism.

April 3, 2016

Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

Judith Martin, aka “Miss Manners,” says that manners are like oil on the turning gears of any society; without them we’re in danger of grinding to a halt, and important things can get wrecked. This is true in families and other communities as well. What’s the spiritual side of this?

March 27, 2016

When Hope is Hard to Find

This Easter in story and song we consider hope, the spiritual quality that is wishing, expecting, dreaming, and also much more. Nursery care for the littlest ones, all other ages join in the service. Bring a flower to represent your unique gifts for our annual flower communion; take home a different blossom as a reminder of what you receive from this community. At the end of the service, join in the Halleluiah Chorus.

March 20, 2016

Living Our Promise
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader; Jim McCrae, Worship Associate

We are filled with potential as individuals and members of this spiritual community. How do we translate that into the power to live with passion and strength, and be the change we want to see in the world?

March 13, 2016

Aspiring to Visibility
Jacqueline Brett, Student Minister

One of the frequent ponderings among those aspiring to create the Unitarian Universalist dream of the multicultural multiracial Beloved Community is, “How do we get people of color to attend our white church?” This morning we’ll take a look at that as we view ERUUF’s history through the lens of its founding 50 years ago with the intention of being a racially diverse spiritual community.

March 6, 2016

Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader; Lea Cordova, Worship Associate

Have you ever heard something calling you, offering the thought that you, in particular, might be able to do something? How have you responded? Some thoughts this morning on calls I have and haven’t answered, and what keeps calling.

February 28, 2016

A Change of Heart

In this service led by the ERUUF Christian Fellowship, we’ll explore the meaning within the Christian season of Lent which encourage a regular time of reflection, renewal and transformation. Drawing from our Christian source, we will be exploring how UU's might give up something (or add something) to gain new insight, shift direction, or experience a change of heart.

February 21, 2016

Toward Covenant

This year the ERUUF board would like us all to better understand the concept of covenant. What does this mean to UUs, and why is this central to our tradition? This morning we’ll begin putting together some of the things we’ve done this year as we move toward a fuller understanding of covenant.

February 14, 2016

Love and Justice
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader, Gerda Presson, Worship Associate

“Justice is what love looks like in public,” Dr. Cornel West says. This morning we’ll consider love and justice through the lens of Sufi love poetry, and what it might have to say about modern justice movements.

February 7, 2016

Speaking Justice in the Language of Our Faith
Rev. Kathleen McTigue, Guest Preacher, Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

We are living in troubled times. Fearfulness and uncertainty have provoked calls for us to batten down the hatches and erect as many barriers as possible between “us” and “them”. But our faith speaks a different word into these difficult times: it calls us to keep our hearts and minds open, and our hands turned to the urgent needs of healing and justice.

The Rev. Kathleen McTigue is the Director of the UU College of Social Justice. Before joining the staff of UUCSJ in 2012, Rev. McTigue served for 25 years as a UU parish minister, including 21 years as senior minister to the Unitarian Society of New Haven, Conn. A core part of her ministries has been public advocacy and faith-based organizing for marriage equality, immigrant rights, economic justice, and peace. Her previous experience also includes multiple roles with Witness for Peace and a yearlong economic study in Tanzania. Rev. McTigue earned a master of divinity degree from Starr King School for Ministry and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University. and currently resides in Boston, MA.

January 31, 2016

Islam beyond Violence?
Bruce Lawrence, Guest Preacher

Islam, the religion of peace, is now identified with violence. The heart of Islam is the Quran, and its pages announce a mixed message on violence. How do we decode a 7th century Arabic text in 21st century America?

Bruce Lawrence is a scholar of premodern and modern Islamic movements, from Dakar to Djakarta. He has authored, co-authored or edited 18 books, many of them award winning. He founded the Islamic Studies Center at Duke, where he served on the faculty from 1971 to 2011. Now Adjunct Professor in Civilization Studies at Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakif University, Istanbul, he is also an ordained Episcopal priest in the Diocese of North Carolina, serving as Priest Associate at St. Matthews’ Episcopal Church, Hillsborough, NC.

January 24, 2016

All services, programs and groups are cancelled for January 24, 2016

Dr. Bruce Lawrence, will be with us instead next week, January 31, to give his postponed sermon, "Islam Beyond Violence."