June 25, 2017

Weavers and Threads
Eric Bannan, Pulpit Guest

When we tell a story, we weave together the threads of our personal experience and beliefs; we express our values. The threads of our story can move and inspire others. This morning we’ll explore how our personal stories might connect us as families and as a community.

Our pulpit guest is Eric Bannan, a UU musician from Pittsboro who has completed a preaching practicum with his minister, the Rev. Thom Belote of Community Church of Chapel Hill (UU). Eric brings both music and sermon this morning.

June 18, 2017

Loving What Is
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

It’s possible, even in adversity, to find something positive. Do we have to let go of the truth of what’s awful in order to claim what’s positive, or is there a way to honor both?

June 11, 2017

The Best Medicine
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

Beloved Community Chorus provide the morning’s music.

Comedian John Cleese once met the Dalai Lama and asked the religious leader why, after so much persecution and sorrow, he still laughed so often. His Holiness gave a thoughtful answer about what laughter makes possible between people with political differences. What can laughter do for us?

June 4, 2017

True North
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

Eno River Singers bring the gift of music.

It’s been a year of big change at ERUUF, the UUA, and in the world. How might our loyalty and commitment help us find our way forward amid uncertainty?

There will be a bridging ceremony during the service for our High School Seniors.
It’s also a Generosity Sunday and the recipient will be the Triangle Nonprofit and Volunteer Leadership Center.

May 28, 2017

Lift Every Voice and Sing

Resistance takes love and conscious effort.  This morning’s service centers the lives and voices of Black and Brown people who share their stories. The Beloved Community Chorus brings the music.

May 21, 2017

Waking Up
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

.Eno River Singers provide the music.

Most of what holds racism in place lies below the horizon of our consciousness, and as with an iceberg that’s dangerous. White people have been taught things by our culture that we don’t consciously know, but that we know very well. Undoing this is spiritual work.

May 14, 2017

Jacqueline Brett, Student Minister, preaching.

Paul Baerman, oboe, guest musician.

Ministry comes from a word that means “to serve,” and the journey into ordained ministry is a process of becoming ever more capable of serving. Rev. Gordon McKeeman says that great congregations and great ministers form one another. In this, her last sermon as ERUUF's Student Minister, Jacqueline Brett will share thoughts about her ministerial formation.

Jacqueline will graduate from Meadville Lombard Theological School on May 21. After a month's vacation, she'll return to ERUUF to serve next year as our Director of Member Engagement while she prepares to meet the UU Ministerial Fellowship Committee.

WE BEGIN ONE SERVICE at 10:30 ON MAY 14. We resume two services on September 10, 2017.

May 7, 2017

Coming of Age: This I Believe
Coming of Age Youth, DRE and Youth Ministry Coordinator, Service Leaders

Some of our older youth have been deeply engaged in a year-long exploration of who they are and what they believe. This morning they lead the service, including music, with teachers and mentors, and share their credo statements—“this I believe.”  This has become a highlight service, one eagerly looked forward to by many members.  

Introduction to Coming of Age Service

Melissa Gjestvang-Lucky, Youth Ministry Coordinator



April 30, 2017

"How Could This Happen?"
Rev. Nathan Hollister, Guest Preacher

The social, economic, and political climate that we find ourselves in today did not emerge spontaneously—it was created. And guess what? We had a hand in it, too. In honor of May Day, Rev. Nathan Hollister will share thoughts on how we got here, on the deterioration of our democracy, and on how we can form the power necessary to build it back up.

Rev. Nathan Hollister is a third-generation UU who leads the ministry of Sacred Fire Unitarian Universalist, which is actively planting and growing deliberate communities of interdependence and solidarity all across the country. A community organizer since his teenage years, he serves on the faculty of Meadville Lombard theological school, on the board of the UUSC, and teaches courses on social transformation for organizers, activists, UUs, and beyond. “Nato” lives and makes trouble with his partner Maddie in Carrboro, NC. www.sacredfireuu.org

April 23, 2017

Fourteen Billion Years of Love and Beauty 
Denise Frizzell, Nancy Hardy, Cheryl Turney and Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leaders.

Dick Clark will play cello.

Our beloved earth is just one tiny part of an enormous story that’s unfolding even to this day. Amazingly, humans are part of the story too. This Sunday members of the Earth Justice team and Rev. Cayer create an interactive celebration of the Universe with ritual, story, meditation, and singing.   

April 16, 2017

And Still We Rise 

Unitarian Universalists value Easter as the story of a human man, Jesus of Nazareth, and find inspiration in the courage, love and hope that his friends found after his death. This service for all ages will include singing and stories from the Christian and other traditions. Nursery care will be available for babies and toddlers.  

This morning we celebrate a Flower Communion. It's an ERUUF tradition that members bring a flower from their garden to add to our common bouquets on Easter as a symbol of the unique gifts each of us bring and offer to others. And at the end of the service we each take home a different flower as a reminder of all that we receive from one another and this fellowship. The service ends with the Halleluiah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.

April 9, 2017

Spring Back to Life 
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader.

River Folk are this morning’s musicians.

One meaning of “spring” is to recover a true shape and size after being compressed; another is to leap forward with strength. When life lands on us hard, what helps us spring back to life?