March 28, 2021

Loved Into Being    
Faith in Unitarian Universalism isn't just an intellectual exercise: it's "heart" work. This full-length worship experience offered to all UUs by the UUA features a sermon by UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, as well as vibrant music, storytelling, and other worship elements that will help us to grow in spirit, in courage, and in generosity.  Access the service through the link at ERUUF.org. Coffee hour immediately follows the service.   

March 21, 2021

Looking Back, Facing the Future
Rev. Jacqueline Brett; Sermon: Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Kate Lewis, piano; Jocelyn Neal, cantor
On this Sunday we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ordination of Rev. Deborah Cayer into the Unitarian Universalist ministry. Several special guests will celebrate with us and Rev. Cayer will reflect through the lens of her ministry where we've been and where we might go.

March 14, 2021

Transformative Change
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: Kate Lewis and Kate Saylor
We are not the same people we were a year ago. While this might be said of any one-year period, it is especially true as we assess our collective experiences of the past year—and the experiences that continue! How are we being changed by all of it? In this service, we'll explore how transformative change occurs: when seemingly disparate events result in reactions that cause something new to emerge. What might be emerging for us? Our pledge campaign continues in its second week.

March 7, 2021

Facing the Future
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Kate Lewis

 Almost a year into pandemic precautions, the world is very different. What have we learned this past year?  What are we looking forward to?  What's calling us now? Rev. Deborah Cayer, worship leader.  Michael Field, Worship Associate. Kate Lewis provides the morning's music. This is the first Sunday of our annual pledge campaign.    

 

February 28, 2021

When Love's In Need of Love
Rev. Jacqueline Brett & Henry Amador-Batten, Worship Associate
Music: Kate Lewis, piano & Joan Tilghman, cantor

Singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder points out in one of his most famous songs that Love's In Need of Love Today. We complete our celebration of love this month by considering what we're called to as a people who Side With Love when Love itself is in need of love.

February 21, 2021

Earth Heart, Earth Justice
Members of the Earth Justice Team with Rev. Cayer
Music: Kate Lewis, Jewelsong, Chalice Singers

In this service, we'll use poetry, music, and inspiring videos to acknowledge the pain and frustration we feel about the state of our beautiful Earth. And we'll offer ways to move into commitment and action from a place of love and connection. Readings from the work of Amanda Gorman, Robin Wall Kimmerer, and Green Faith. Music by Jewelsong, Chalice Singers, and Kate Lewis. Learn more about ERUUF's Earth Justice Team here.

 

February 14, 2021

Side with Love

What if to "side with love" meant making bold, faith-full choices? What if it were even a little bit scary? This worship service brings together worship leaders and musicians from across the country to offer hopeful, moving, challenging reminders about what we, as Unitarian Universalists, are called to do, and BE, in the world. This service comes to us this morning as a gift from our Unitarian Universalist Association and will be led by UU leaders from across our association. Rev. Cayer will host a breakout room during ERUUF's Coffee Hour for people who would like to talk about themes in the service.

 

February 7, 2021

The Value of Our Faith
Rev. Cheryl M. Walker, guest preacher

We often speak as Unitarian Universalists of UU Values. Can we name specifically what they are and where they are articulated? This morning we will explore our shared values and what makes Unitarian Universalism unique on the religious landscape.

The Reverend Cheryl M. Walker has served as the Pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Wilmington since 2009. Prior to coming to Wilmington, they served four years as the Assistant Minister at the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City.


Rev. Cheryl currently co-chairs the Article II Study Commission for the Unitarian Universalist Association and is the immediate past President of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association. They have published essays in several Unitarian Universalist collections including, Turning Point – Essays on a New Unitarian Universalism (2016), Centering – Navigating Race, Authenticity and Power in Ministry (2017 ), and the Unitarian Universalist Pocket Guide (2019).

Rev. Cheryl holds a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Springfield College and a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. They live with their wife, Elizabeth, and two cats, Ntohzake and Octavia.

 

January 31, 2021

Dream a World
Revs. Jacqueline Brett and Deborah Cayer
Music: Kate Lewis and Pam DiLavore
So many of us live our values through our work for justice across multiple, and often intersecting domains. This morning's service invites us to ask ourselves, "What is our work ultimately for as we stand at this edge of possibility? What is the world we're hoping to create, to bring into being?"

January 24, 2021

Morning in America 
Revs. Cayer and Brett
Music: Kate Lewis

It's a new day in America, and there is promise.  At the same time the mess that our democracy is in now, the mess it has always been for some of us, has been exposed for all to see. 

When U.S. Rep. Andy Kim saw the debris and wreckage left in the Capitol building on January 6, he simply asked for a trash bag and began cleaning up.  We, too, need to join in that effort.  This morning we'll consider how we got here, and then some of the inner qualities we each need in order to begin to move from the flawed and dangerous place our country is now, to a truly more fair and inclusive America that we know we can become together.

 

January 17, 2021

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service: Meeting the Demands of Power
Revs. Cayer and Brett

Representative John Lewis said that when Dr. King was killed it felt as though part of himself died with him.  And yet he still worked with other people to fight for racial justice and the common good for the next fifty.  What does this mean for us today?  Ms. Atinuke Diver,  Executive Director, Durham CAN, Guest Speaker.   

About our Guest Speaker

Atinuke "Tinu" Akintola Diver is the Lead Organizer and Executive Director of Durham CAN (Congregations, Associations and Neighborhoods), a broad-based, community organization building power for a better Durham.  Tinu was born in Boston, Massachusetts, raised in Prince George's County Maryland, attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and finds joy in bringing her background as a lawyer and artist (writing and documentary) into her work as a community organizer.  

 

January 10, 2021

This I Believe
Gerda Presson, Lisa Jones, Eric Hodges, Rev. Deborah Cayer    
Music: Helen Wolfson, Eric Thomas, and Kate Lewis

Like other religious liberals, Unitarian Universalists tend to think of life, including spiritual life, as a journey that begins with their lived experience and leads to ongoing learning and growth. In this service, three ERUUF members will share their credos. A credo is a statement of faith, the meaning that one makes of their experience at a particular point in their unfolding spiritual journey.     

(Note: due to Youtube's technical difficulties on January 3, many ERUUF members haven't yet been able to view that Sunday service, which includes original music by Helen and Eric, our guest musicians. With gratitude for their generosity, we'll share much of the music from last week in this week's service.)