October 25, 2020

Listening for the Sound of Home     
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Bev Botsford, percussion and stories, Kate Lewis piano

Gourds are the oldest known cultivated plant, now far-ranging across the globe. There are numerous folkloric, historic, and spiritual meanings connected with these plants and so they are able to feed us on many levels.

Percussionist, Bev Botsford will help us listen deep within during this service, past the noise of the world, past our fears, to a place where we are connected to others and all that is, a place from which deep change is possible.  

October 18, 2020

Voting on the Side of Love
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray, virtual guest preacher
Music: Kate Lewis and Claudia Kaplan

This Sunday UU congregations across the country will tune into a UUA service on voting rights that features a short sermon by UUA President, Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick Gray. We’ll hear her sermon in our regular ERUUF service; we'll also hear from local North Carolina UUs on why it’s so important to get out the vote.

Note: this is not a service about partisan politics or “winning”. It’s about our cherished UU values and moral grounding in the midst of chaos that threatens our religious principles.

This morning’s Offering (beyond regular pledges) will go to the UUA for our UU the Vote project.


October 11, 2020

Indigenous People's Day - A Deep Listening
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: Kate Lewis and Rev. Stacy Grove

In a month focused on listening, our attention will be given to a history of America's Indigenous people. We will hear a reflection from member Julia Marrone, of Cherokee heritage, and we will center the work of incumbent United States Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation, the first Native person to be given this title.

September 27, 2020

Pride Service   
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Kate Lewis and others

This morning we celebrate the inherent worth and dignity of every person with Durham's LGBTQ community. Members of ERUUF's Pride Plus group help us get our rainbows on and share information about a class they're sponsoring from the Transforming Hearts Collaborative. Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader; Worship Associate is Meg Baesmith. Music by Kate Lewis and various choruses.   

October 4, 2020

Reparations for Racism
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Chris Macon and Kate Lewis

What is the movement for reparations and restitution for racism, and how might we begin?  Mary Davis and Chris Macon, co-leaders of ERUUF's Reparations for Racism group join Rev. Cayer to lead this service.  Music by Chris Macon and Kate Lewis. After the worship service, at 12:30 pm, the ERUUF Justice Council hosts its fall meeting of all action groups, with a focus on voting rights.  

September 20, 2020

Connecting With You
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: Kate Lewis & Laura Marie Davis
In the face of a global health emergency, each of us has had to learn how to connect with one another in new ways that are creative and imaginative, even as they are sometimes heartbreaking, frustrating, and exhausting. How have you been connecting with those in your life and the larger world -- or perhaps not connecting? How has that impacted you and those you care about? 
In this service all about connection, we'll also guide you to our annual Connections Fair, taking place this Sunday in an online celebration of ERUUF's many opportunities to connect with others in the Fellowship as you become involved with our activities both within and beyond our physical and virtual walls. Rev. Jacqueline Brett, worship leader; Henry Amador-Batten, worship associate. Music by Kate Lewis and Laura Marie Davis.

September 13, 2020

A Radical Rebalancing Act 
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Kate Lewis

Balance isn't a noun, it's a verb, and it's happening every moment, some requiring more effort at this than others. What's the state of your mind and heart? How do you find some measure of balance and confidence amid chaos and crisis? Where is wholeness, where is holiness in this moment?     

Rev. Deborah Cayer, worship leader.  Jaye Vaughn, Worship Associate. This morning Julia Tyler, DRE leads our affirmation of covenant with all our teachers, advisors, and mentors. We'll also hear from folks in our Covenant Groups and Chalice Circles.  

September 6, 2020

Return Again
Revs. Jacqueline Brett, Deborah Cayer, Stacy Grove, Julia Tyler, DRE
Music: Kate Lewis, Claudia Kaplan, Eno River Virtual Summer Choir

We celebrate our "return again" to ERUUF with the worship team and staff live streaming from the Sanctuary for the first time in six months and broadcasting on YouTube. Members will continue to attend the service online, and no one except the members of a small worship production team will be in the Sanctuary on Sunday morning. This is in support of our collective health and wellbeing during this phase of Covid-19.  

As we do each year we will celebrate the return of our Fellowship from summer with a Water Ceremony in this service for all ages. We invite you to have a small container of water present as you participate from home. We'll also introduce a new ritual: A Blessing of the Masks. So have your masks present too as together we create this new ceremony for our times. Our service is led this week by Revs. Deborah Cayer, Jacqueline Brett, Stacy Grove and Julia Tyler, DRE. Music provided by Kate Lewis, Claudia Kaplan and the Eno River Virtual Summer Choir.


August 30, 2020

Poetry for Difficult Times
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: ERUUF Summer Choir and Kate Lewis

Who knew we'd be facing all that we're collectively encountering during these times? At this, our annual summer poetry service, ERUUFians will share original poems of the heart for these times that have been personal sources of inspiration, comfort, meaning, and hope.  Rev. Jacqueline Brett is the Worship Leader, joined by ERUUF poets. Kate Lewis and an intergenerational Summer Choir provide today's music.


August 23, 2020

Those Who Dare
Rev. Mary Katherine Morn
Music: Kate Lewis and others

Rev. Mary Katherine Morn, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), is our Guest Minister this morning. Joined by colleague Laura Randall, we'll learn how UUSC partners with grassroots organizations around the world to advance human rights and social justice -- and also how ERUUF has been connected to that work. 


The Reverend Mary Katherine Morn began her tenure as the president and chief executive officer for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee in June 2018. She brings to her leadership a profound commitment to the work of justice and focus on building teams and resourcing a transformative mission through partnerships.

Previous to her denominational service, Morn served as senior minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax in Oakton, Va., and grew small, mid-size, and large congregations in five different states including Texas, Alabama, Washington, D.C., Georgia, and Virginia. Morn served on panels for the UU Funding Program and has also held various positions within the UU Ministers Association, including vice president of the executive committee. Morn was the president of Senior Ministers of large UU Congregations and the former co-chair of the UUA President’s Council. In 2014, she became the director of stewardship and development and special advisor to the president of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

As a member of UUSC’s Development team, Laura Randall facilitates partnerships to strengthen the impact of UUSC and the social justice reach of UU communities. Through preaching, teaching, relationship building, and fundraising, Laura connects the work of UUSC to Unitarian Universalist congregations.

Prior to joining UUSC, Laura’s denominational work included serving as the Legacy Campaign Director for the Wake Now Our Vision Collaborative Campaign, and as the Legacy Gifts Manager for the Unitarian Universalist Association. Laura’s ministry has also included hospice chaplaincy and Alzheimer’s education and advocacy.


August 16, 2020

Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: Kate Lewis

Each year thousands of Unitarian Universalists from around the country gather for General Assembly (GA), the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Today's service highlights the experiences of ERUUF participants who worshipped, witnessed, learned, connected, and made policy for the Association at this year's virtual GA. Rev. Jacqueline Brett is the Worship Leader, joined by GA Delegates Michael Field, Sally Franz, David Huber, and Lisa Jones.

August 9, 2020

Tending Our Wound
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: Kate Lewis
When we're sick and wounded, healing is a serious and necessary business. How does a sick and wounded nation heal its oldest collective wound -- racism -- when many have yet to recognize that they're personally impacted by a wound that needs to be acknowledged, tended to, and healed?
Rev. Jacqueline Brett, Worship Leader; Henry Amador-Batten, Worship Associate