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?

September 17, 2017

Flowing Like a River

Water Service; The Beloved Community Chorus brings their love and joy to the sanctuary this morning.

For Jung and others each season corresponds to a direction, a quality, and an element. For many, Autumn is associated with the west, with wisdom and with water. This Sunday before the Autumnal Equinox, what wisdom might we find as we consider the power of water as it’s shown up recently?

September 10, 2017

Enter, Rejoice, and Come In
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

Trilight (Kristi Chilton, Pam Dilavore, Nancy Powell) bring their close harmonies for special music.

9:15 & 11:15 AM

This is the day when our children gather for the first day of Religious Education, and you can feel the energy pulsing out on the plaza long before the service even begins. Secretly, many adults come here the first few times with a similar curiosity and hope, even if we’ve become expert at keeping it hidden. In this morning’s service we’ll affirm the RE teachers, and explore ERUUF’s new covenant.