January 3, 2021

Turtles All the Way Down
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Helen Wolfson, Eric Thomas, Kate Lewis

How can we know what’s true?  How might this be informed by our spiritual beliefs?  

December 27, 2020

Kwanzaa Service
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: Lea Morris and ERUUF Kwanzaa Ensemble

Join us for our annual Kwanzaa celebration, this year focused on Kujichagulia, the principle of self-determination. All members and friends are invited to attend this beautiful online celebration of Black lives and the human spirit. We'll pour libations, honor the Ancestors, light candles, and share reflections. Worship presenters: Steve Franklin, Chris Macon, Venia Lekavich, Joan Tilghman, Jaye Vaughn, and Ann Verdine-Jones.

 

 

December 24, 2020

Christmas Eve Service

Join us to hear traditional stories, sing familiar carols, and listen to a Christmas choir of adults and children, directed by Jocelyn Neal. We’ll join together in the darkness to pass the light as we sing Silent Night from home this year. Ministers and staff, including Kate Lewis, will lead this service. 

December 20, 2020

Jazz for the Holidays
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: NCCU Jazz Studies

ERUUF has developed a partnership with professional musicians from the Jazz Studies Department at North Carolina Central University. This year they’ve carefully planned a safe way to bring us a service filled with music and meaning. Rev. Jacqueline Brett, worship leader, Chris Macon and Lisa Jones, Worship Associates.

December 13, 2020

Holiday Music Service   
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: River Folk, Chalice Singers, Eno River Singers, and Trilight

This service will feature members from ERUUF’s River Folk, Chalice Singers, Eno River Singers, and Trilight; our Worship Associates will share seasonal readings. Rev. Cayer, worship leader. In RE this morning we’re having a Sock Hop and families will wrap socks at home for the guests at Urban Ministries.

 

 

December 6, 2020

Counting Blessings, Finding Abundance
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Rev. Stacy Grove; Paul Baerman, Pam DiLavore, Claudia Kaplan and Kate Lewis

In this service, we’ll consider all that we have to be thankful for, and how this can support us and help us feel connected. We’ll also consider the liberal religious roots that support this world view. Rev. Cayer, Henry Amador-Batten, Worship Associate, and Rev. Stacy Grove; Paul Baerman, Pam DiLavore, Claudia Kaplan and Kate Lewis offer the morning’s music. RE families will bake cookies for Urban Ministries from home.  

November 29, 2020

Coming of Age Service

Our high school youth have participated in a year-long program with teachers and mentors to explore UU history, theology, spiritual practices, and most importantly to discover what’s living within themselves. With support from our DRE, Julia Tyler, and Revs. Brett and Cayer, the youth lead this service, provide the music, and will each share a bit of their longer credos with us.

Every Sunday in November the Offering (beyond regular pledges) will go to Urban Ministries of Durham. 

November 22, 2020

Living Into Possibility: A Womanist Faith
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: Tyra Scott, Kate Lewis
Writer Alice Walker introduced the term "womanist" to our lexicon nearly 40 years ago to describe the experiences of Black women at the intersection of gender, race, class and sexuality. Today's service will offer expressions of womanist theology and faith that has infused individual lives, communities, and even the life of our nation.
Rev. Jacqueline Brett is today's worship leader, joined by Naa-Norley Adom, Jaye Vaughn and Ann Verdine-Jones. Music is by vocalist Tyra Scott and Kate Lewis on piano.

Every Sunday in November the Offering (beyond regular pledges) will go to Urban Ministries of Durham.  

November 8, 2020

Where Do We Go From Here?   
Revs. Cayer and Brett
Music: River Folk

No matter how the election turns out, our culture is facing multiple crises that demand the best of us. How might we tap into ourselves to bring forth the best we have to offer? And where do we go to apply this? Early in the service, we will welcome ERUUF’s newest members!  

Every Sunday in November the Offering (beyond regular pledges) will go to Urban Ministries of Durham.  

November 15, 2020

Compassion, Diplomacy, and Patriotism: We Can Have It All
Rev. Cayer
Music: Joe Jencks

In 2010, Joe Jencks was honored to be selected as a Cultural Ambassador by the US State Department, and toured the Caribbean giving concerts and workshops. Blending songs and spoken word narrative, Jencks will lead us in an exploration of what it meant for him to claim the idea of being a patriot, and why it is important for all of us to proudly claim the identity of patriot concurrent with being prophetic voices for change in our communities. The voice of dissent rises from pride in one's people, and the indefatigable hope for a brighter and more equitable future. And yes, we get to reach for it all.

Every Sunday in November the Offering (beyond regular pledges) will go to Urban Ministries of Durham.  

Joe Jencks is a 22-year veteran of the international Folk circuit, an award-winning songwriter and a celebrated vocalist based in the Chicago area. He is known for his performances of musical beauty, social consciousness and spiritual exploration. Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel. Joe Jencks is also a dual US-Irish citizen, and draws on many cultural and artistic reference points in his concerts. A co-founder of the harmony trio Brother Sun, Jencks has penned several #1 Folk-songs including the ever-relevant Lady of The Harbor, and has become a fan favorite throughout North America and beyond. Jencks was also honored to be a Cultural Ambassador for the US State Department, and has performed and preached in over 200 UU Congregations in the US, Canada, and Ireland. For more information, please visit: www.joejencks.com 

November 4, 2020

Wednesday Evening Vespers Worship Service
Revs. Cayer and Brett

All are invited to join the ministers for 30 minutes of music, readings, and meditations in this post-election vespers service. Then we’ll all be in small breakout groups for conversation about what’s on our minds and hearts.   

 

November 1, 2020

Still Waters
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Music by Kate Lewis, Eno River Singers Ensemble and Anthara Venkatesen on the violin.

Gather candles at home and join us online for our annual All Souls service when we light candles as we remember loved ones who have died. As we listen deep within we recall their love and wisdom, and listen for our own.

Worship Associate, Cheryl Fenner Brown will lead us in yoga nidra practices. Bo Glenn will share what’s happening these days at Urban Ministries of Durham. Every Sunday in November the Offering (beyond regular pledges) will go to Urban Ministries of Durham. Give now here