December 10, 2017

Compassion, Connection, Community
The Rev. Nan L. White, guest preacher.

The Beloved Community Chorus sings this morning.

Rev. Nan L. White will speak to the necessity of how all three components can help you make it through the holidays and holy days of December.

Rev. White has undergraduate degrees in music and education, an MA in religious education, and a Masters of Divinity (MDiv). She is Minister Emerita of the UU Fellowship of Beaufort, SC after serving as their founding minister in 2001. She recently completed a three-year Developmental Ministry with the Rogue Valley UU Fellowship in Ashland, OR. She and her wife, Sam, have retired to Durham.

November 26, 2017

Just Enough is Plenty
Rev. John L. Saxon, guest preacher

Rev. John L. Saxon will explore how we can move from a theology of scarcity where more is never enough to a theology of abundance where just enough is plenty.

Rev. Saxon is a graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School, a founding member of the Hillsborough UU Fellowship, and served until recently as Lead minister of UU Fellowship of Raleigh.  He's a former law school professor at UNC and is involved in the UU Justice Ministry of NC.

December 3, 2017

Advent - Opening up to Compassion
Service led by the ERUUF Christian Fellowship

Compassion - "feeling with" others - is a virtue at the center of the Way of Jesus and every major religion. During the next few hectic weeks, let's use some easy practices of compassion to turn down the holiday noise and tune into others every day. 

November 19, 2017

Answering the Call of Love
Reverend Jacqueline Brett, Worship Leader

Eno River Singers perform this morning.

How do we honor our commitment to "love" as a concrete revolutionary practice in the face of evil? What will that require of us?

November 12, 2017

Returning to Our Senses: Grief and Praise
Rev. Martha Niebanck , Guest Preacher

This morning we’ll also light a candle in honor of our military veterans.

We are living in “interesting times.” This disruptive moment in history will be a time of disaster and possibility. The preservation of human decency is at stake. Given that each one of us is the environment in which others live-we must practice a deeper listening for possibilities that are emerging from the space between us.

The poet David Whyte says this about despair, " DESPAIR takes us in when we have nowhere else to go....when our body is carrying profound pain in a way that does not seem to go away....Despair is the place we go when we no longer want to make a home in the world...We take the first steps out of despair by taking on its full weight...We let our bodies and we let our world breathe again. In that place, strangely, despair cannot do anything but change into something else. ..."

This morning we'll explore the alchemy that can happen when we attend our grief and let it transform naturally into life affirming praise.

Martha is a graduate of Tufts, BU, Andover Newton Seminary, the Kantor Family Institute, the NE Neuro-linguistic Programming Institute, and the Harvard School of Education certification program for Immunity to Change Coaching.

November 5, 2017

More Than Enough
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

River Folk provide the music.

The enticing holiday catalogs have begun to arrive with images of the beautiful life we could lead, if we would only spend a couple thousand dollars to become more…what? What if instead first we take an inventory of what we already have, beginning with intangibles?

October 29, 2017

All Souls Service

In this multigenerational service we’ll celebrate Child Dedications as part of the circle of life. Please bring picture(s) of loved ones who are no longer living to place on the Ancestor's Table. Costumes are welcome.

Death is natural, and all of us have losses. In late autumn, we remember our family and friends who’ve died, and we recall the power of love. There is some sadness, and also laughter and the comfort of good memories. This morning all ages have the chance to explore these awesome mysteries in the sanctuary together.

October 22, 2017

Encountering The Threshold
Jacqueline Brett, Worship Leader; Cheryl Brown, Worship Associate

Thresholds evoke excitement, anticipation, and even fear. They mark the entrance or start of something. They are boundaries of risk, beyond which a radically different world exists. What thresholds are we encountering today, and why might we make a decision to not simply meet these boundaries, but to cross them?

October 15, 2017

Making Space for Awe
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

Wuudwhims, an ERUUF wind ensemble, provide music.

ERUUF’s new covenant ends with the affirmation that “we will leave room for awe. What is awe, and what does it do for us that we can’t just do for ourselves? And what’s awe got to do with a UU worship service?

October 8, 2017

Indigenous Peoples Day
Earth Justice, Eno River CUUPs and Jacqueline Brett, Worship Leaders

Since the 1970s the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has passed many resolutions on Native peoples' rights. “Indigenous Peoples Day” reimagines Columbus Day and changes a celebration of colonialism into an opportunity to reveal historical truths, to acknowledge current injustices, and to celebrate indigenous resistance.

October 1, 2017

Woven in the Depths of the World
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader; Henry Amador-Batten, Worship Associate

Throughout the Hebrew Bible we find themes of the irrevocable goodness and belovedness of every person, and great joy that we belong to the sacred, the earth, and one another. We’ll celebrate this great good news this morning in the context of Durham’s Pride Celebration, and as an antidote to harder, harsher beliefs held by others in the world.

This Sunday will be Generosity Sunday. The recipient is SpiritHouse.

September 24, 2017

A Change of Heart
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

Eno River Singers, sing at this service

Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year, and the shofar calls Jews not just to temple, but to attention, and to a change of heart. Where has your heart been stony and hard? What might help us each soften our heart so that something greater can enter through us into the world?