March 1, 2020

Our Stories. Our Lives. Our Selves.
Rev. John Saxon

The stories that we tell about ourselves, about others, and about the world are powerful. They give our lives shape and meaning. And they can be retold and rewritten as long as we have breath. 


 Rev. Saxon is the President of the UU Justice Ministry of NC and served as the Assistant and Lead Minister of the UU Fellowship of Raleigh from 2010 to 2017.


February 23, 2020

The Sound of the Spirit
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Rev. Jacqueline Brett, Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout, LeLaina Romero, Jocelyn Neal

A co-created music ministry service. All are welcome to come sing with us at both services! Arrive at 8:00 am. 

Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout is Director of Worship and Music for First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor. In his thirteenth year with the community, he leads the pioneering collaborative worship method he created with the Rev. Gail Ruth Geisenhainer [‘gai-zIn-ˎhe-nә] (GUISE-in-hay-ner) in 2014, and has led the congregational and ensemble music programs to national recognition.

Inaddition to leading Sunday's worship service, Dr. Rideout will be spending time with our congregation, leading a workshop and rehearsal as we continue to co-create our music ministry here at ERUUF. 


February 16, 2020

Lifting As We Climb: Holistic Resilience and the Black Women's Suffrage Movement
Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: Guest Vocalist, Tyra Scott

Though both white and black women actively sought the right to vote in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, black women only gained full and practical voting rights in 1965—45 years after their white sisters.

Today we'll explore lessons of perseverance and resilience from the black women's suffrage movement and their holistic approach toward aiming for the vote for all who were disenfranchised. How might we use these lessons in our justice work today? Rev. Jacqueline Brett and Worship Associate Chris Macon lead today's service. Tyra Scott is the guest music vocalist. 


February 9, 2020

Resilience and Reverence
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Luux Aeterna

What is resilience? How might resilience shape our body, mind, and spirit? How might we each recognize and honor this in our s/Self? How do we respond when we encounter the shape that resilience has taken in another?


February 2, 2020

“Eno” Was a Language
Rev. Deborah Cayer

The Eno people were once a small, local group of the Saponi people. This morning we’ll consider resilience in the context of the general history of North America’s native people. Rev. Cayer, worship leader.

This winter, ERUUF’s Multicultural Team hosts book discussion groups for the UUA’s Common Read: An Indigenous People’s History of the United States. Stay tuned to ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­E-news for more information.


January 26, 2020

Spiritual Survival in 2020
Rev. Arvid Straube

Join us for Spiritual Survival in 2020. 

Rev. Dr. Arvid Straube served as Senior Minister at ERUUF for 21 years and is our Minister Emeritus. He and his wife Sonya Prestridge currently live near San Diego, where he had served as Lead Minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego. He currently has a ministry of spiritual direction and is an Affiliate Faculty member at Meadville Lombard Theological School.  

January 12, 2020

The Genuine
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Music: Zoe Mulford

 In a commencement address to Spellman College graduates in 1980, Howard Thurman said, ““There is in you something that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself.  It is the only true guide you will ever have.” How do we discover what’s genuine in ourself?  And when we do, then what happens? 

 Rev. Deborah Cayer, worship leader.  Michael Field, Worship Associate.  

Our guest musician this morning is Zoe Mulford, who got her start while living in the Triangle, playing at local venues including ERUUF. Since then, she has released five albums and established herself as a contemporary writer with deep roots in traditional music. In 2018, Joan Baez covered her song "The President Sang Amazing Grace." The song was voted Song of the Year by Folk Alliance International and was published in 2019 as a book, illustrated by Jeff Scher.

January 19, 2020

Prisoners of Hope
Rev. John Saxon & Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Twenty-five years ago, Cornel West, the well-known African American public intellectual, social critic, and political activist, told young women and men who were about to graduate from college, that what they, our nation, and the world most needed was an “audacious sense of hope.” And God knows that’s even more true today than it was then.
Because an audacious hope (which is completely different from “mere” optimism) is the only thing that can give us the strength, courage, resilience, and persistence to continue the never-ending struggle for justice in the face of inevitable disappointments, defeats, and despair.
Rev. John L. Saxon is the Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of North Carolina. He served as Assistant Minister and Lead Minister of the UU Fellowship of Raleigh from 2010 to 2017. 


January 5, 2020

A Good Word
Rev. Deborah Cayer

Someone once suggested that instead of making new year’s resolutions we might choose a word for the year and just keep aiming for that from wherever we find ourselves. Doesn't this somehow feel more intriguing, and more possible? This month of January we’re wrestling with the theme of “integrity.” How might one word help us live a more intentional, coherent, integrated life? Rev. Deborah Cayer, worship leader; Jaye Vaughn, Worship Associate. 


December 29, 2019

Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: Beloved Community Chorus

Habari gani? Kuumba!!

On this fourth day of Kwanzaa, we offer a joyous celebration of Kuumba, the Kwanzaa principle of Creativity. We are joined by the KT Collective, a dance ensemble who will weave the history of Durham's African Americans throughout the service in a beautiful dance presentation called "Continuing to Tell."

The Beloved Community Chorus will lead us in song, and percussionist Bashir Shakur will offer drumming on the djembe. The Multicultural Team presents the Karamu (feast) directly afterwards in the Fellowship Hall— the best brunch to be had in Durham this day!

December 24, 2019

Candlelight Service
Rev. Deborah Cayer

We remember the Christmas story in words, with carols and choral music. Local director, Ms. Scott Hill conducts the Christmas Eve Choir.  At the end of the evening we pass the light candle to candle to light up the darkness.

December 22, 2019

The Stuff of Stars
Worship Team: Rev. Deborah Cayer, Lila Rosa, Denise Frizzell and Cheryl Turney
Music: Kate Lewis

Once there was nothing, then an explosion that brought the universe into existence.  And now at times for each of us, out of seeming nothingness, a seed planted in darkness suddenly comes blazing to new life. Earth Justice members Lila Rosa, Denise Frizzell, and Cheryl Turney explore these awesome mysteries this morning with Rev. Cayer. Kate Lewis, guest musician.