June 13, 2021

Gather the Spirit, Harvest the Power
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: River Folk, Eric Thomas, Kate Lewis

There's a hymn that begins, "Gather the Spirit," and the very next phrase is "harvest the power." So often we imagine that we can draw a line between what's spiritual and what's political and keep them separate and distinct. But what if Spirit and Power actually need each other? What if they need each of us? 

June 6, 2021

A Cure for Sorrow
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Kate Lewis

Joseph Campbell once said, “We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.” Cure is an old word that not only means to overcome an illness, but also to attend someone with care so their illness or brokenness might transform into health and wholeness. How might playing together and joy help us love and care for each other now as we reach for new strength and wholeness? 

May 30, 2021

Sowing Seeds of Gladness
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Kate Lewis, Common Woman Chorus

Gardeners know that when they plant seeds some never germinate, some get eaten by birds, some grow, then are crowded out. Others wither. And of them all, only a few seeds ever become mature plants. And still, both plants and gardeners persist. What's the story here? And what stories might help us keep on planting our vision, hope, and love for the future? Rev. Deborah Cayer, worship leader; Mur Lafferty, Worship Associate. Music by the Common Woman Chorus and Kate Lewis.  

June 6, 2021

A Cure for Sorrow
Rev. Deborah Cayer

Joseph Campbell once said, “We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.” Cure is an old word that not only means to overcome an illness, but also to attend someone with care so their illness or brokenness might transform into health and wholeness. How might playing together and joy help us love and care for each other now as we reach for new strength and wholeness?  

May 23, 2021

Life Living Through Us: In Poetry
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: Dick Clark, cello and Kate Lewis, piano
For our annual poetry service, the Life Living Through Us is expressed in poems by writers Roger Keyes, Ellay Jones, T.S. Eliot, Alicia Keys, Mary Oliver, Pablo Neruda, and Oren Jay Sofer, presented by ERUUF's Meg Baesmith, Nancy Couts, Lisa Jones, Simon Kaplan, and Jaye Vaughn.  

May 16, 2021

“The World’s On Fire (and We'll Still Fall in Love)”
Rev. Erin Walter, Guest Preacher; Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Kate Lewis and others

After more than a year of pandemic life, some days may feel almost normal, while others still bring us to our knees. Drawing upon scripture, the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, and her own spiritual practice of music-making, Unitarian Universalist Rev. Erin Walter will reflect on how we may endure ongoing struggle while also amplifying joy along the way.

Bio: Rev. Erin J. Walter (she/her/hers) is a minister, activist, and musician based in Austin and winner of the 2017 Sermon Award from the UU Women’s Federation. A former YMCA director, Rev. Erin is the singer/songwriter for the band Parker Woodland, whose music you’ll hear in this service. She serves as a board member for the Texas Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry and the Affiliated Community Minister of Wildflower (Unitarian Universalist) Church in Austin. You can find more about her music and ministry at ErinWalter.com.

May 9, 2021

Covid Stories
Revs. Jacqueline Brett and Deborah Cayer
Music: Melanie DeMore, various UUA sources, Joan Tilghman, Kate Lewis, Chalice Singers
This Sunday we continue our exploration of how stories impact and inform our lives by focusing in on stories of the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on each of us in distinct and multiple ways. Matt Oh'Arnold, Sarah Walls, and Steve Franklin will reflect on their "Covid stories".
 

May 2, 2021

Stories that Shape Our Lives
Rev. Deborah Cayer and Julia Tyler
Music: Trilight, Kate Lewis, and songs from the UU Sing-Along album

Favorite stories have the power to touch us deep inside. This morning we'll consider the power of stories to shape our lives. We'll celebrate this year's amazing experience in Religious Education for Children and Youth, and the teachers, mentors, and advisors whose creativity and love made it meaningful and fun! We'll also hear an update from our Generosity Sunday Team members.

April 25, 2021

Earth Day for Earth People: Voices on the Front Lines
Worship Leaders: Rev. Jacqueline Brett with Earth Justice Action Group Members-- Betsy Bickel, Cheryl Turney, Chris Macon, Lila Rosa, Tom Fletcher

We celebrate Earth Day by centering the voices of those most directly impacted by environmental injustice and climate change: people on the front lines.

Join ERUUF's Earth Justice Action Group in welcoming members of the Haliwa Saponi Tribe, Native Americans Crystal Cavalier and Jason Keck, Naeemah Muhammed of the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network, members of Richmond County, North Carolina and ERUUF's Jeremy Tarr, who works with Governor Cooper on climate change. Music from the Haliwa Saponi, Jewelsong, the Chilton and Clarke families, Chris Macon, Emma's Revolution and Debra Hammond.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Becoming Beloved Community 
Revs. Cayer and Brett with Membership Chair, Flynn McSherry
Music: Kate Lewis, LeLaina Romero, Lea Morris

"Beloved community" is a term used to describe the peaceful, equitable, inclusive, loving world that prophets such as Jesus and Dr. King have told us is possible. What can we do to help make that real among ourselves today? And how does all this fit with Unitarian Universalism? We'll begin the morning with a rose petal ritual to honor the passing of five ERUUF members who've died over the last six months. We'll also welcome ERUUF's 14 newest members.  

April 11, 2021

The Inner Work of Healing
Revs. Deborah Cayer, Stacy Grove, and Members of the Pastoral Care Team

Each of us has had losses of one kind or another this past year, and yet just like the spring birds we're still here singing our own song into the world. This morning we'll remember these parts of ourselves, as well as our connections to other people and the natural world. We'll lift up the ministry of ERUUF's Pastoral Care Teams, and hear about why this ministry matters to team member Marc Silling. Kate Lewis, Eno River Singers, Linda Hirschorn, and others provide the morning's music.

 

April 4, 2021

Coming to Life Again

On this first Sunday, after the first full moon, after the Vernal Equinox, we'll gather to hear stories old and new. We'll consider the story we're in and what it might be like when we come back together to this community. The ministry team leads worship. Eno River Singers, Jocelyn Neal, and Kate Lewis provide the morning's music. Sheet music for Handel’s Messiah can be downloaded here:  http://bit.ly/hallelujah-ERUUF.