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."

January 17, 2016

The "Dream" Speech: Universalism as Theological Basis for Social Justice Work
Rev. Dr. Xolani Kacela, Worship Leader. Members of the Multicultural Team will participate in the service.

The strong appeal of MLK's "I have a dream" speech and his leadership on many social justice issues can be seen as the appeal of a Universalist theology to a general public not aware of its religious origins. This is our liberal faith in action.


January 10, 2016

Belonging
Rev. Patty Hanneman, Guest Preacher, Amassa Fauntleroy, Worship Associate

As part of the process of making sense of our lives and living authentically, each of us is called upon to create "kinship" networks - groups that share our values and support our dreams. Feeling nurtured, we can then orient our hearts toward others. Rev. Patty Hanneman will reflect on her experience of discovering ERUUF and claiming Unitarian Universalism as "kin."

Rev. Patty Hanneman is a former member of ERUUF and now serves as minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Hillsborough. She received her Masters of Divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School in 2007. Patty lives in Durham with her partner, Karen; she has two children and four grandchildren.


January 3, 2016

Who Are Our Neighbors?
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader; Georgie Searles, Worship Associate

After telling the story of the Good Samaritan, Jesus asked his followers, “Who is your neighbor?” It’s a question asked by all the world’s religions, including Unitarian Universalism. The wise and ethical answer is “The Golden Rule:” do unto others as you would have them do unto you. But now in a multicultural world, might there be an even greater possibility?