April 2, 2017

Fluent in Faith
Rev. Jeanne Harrison Nieuwejaar, Guest Preacher.

 The Beloved Community Chorus will offer the music. 

Since the beginning of time humans have struggled to find adequate words to express their spiritual experiences and longings, those feelings that can be hinted at but not fully captured. We religious liberals have special challenges in this endeavor, but will be called in this service to embrace those challenges and to work toward using religious language more freely and comfortably . . . more fluently.  

Rev. Jeanne Harrison Nieuwejaar is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist, ordained to the ministry in 1987 after nearly twenty years of work as a religious educator. From 1987 – 2000 she and her husband Olav served as co-ministers at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Milford, New Hampshire.  Together they then served as interim ministers in Cambridge, England and Manhasset, Long Island, and as District Executives of the New Hampshire Vermont District of Unitarian Universalist Churches. Rev. Jeanne is the author of “The Gift of Faith” and “Fluent in Faith.”

March 26, 2017

Love and Values
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

We’ve been working on a covenant, and this morning we’ll share the values and commitments ERUUF members have collaboratively arrived at. This is a work in progress. ERUUF’s Wuudwhims bring us joyful spring music this morning.

March 19, 2017

In Principle
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

Unitarian Universalism has seven principles that begin to describe who we are and what we’re committed to. This morning we’ll consider these basics and how they “in-form” us as we practice them. The Eno River Singers perform this morning.

March 12, 2017

A Brief History of Alternative Facts
Jacqueline Brett, Student Minister, Worship Leader

Zen Buddhist teacher Huineng says, “Truth has nothing to do with words.” But what happens when the language of the powerful does not reflect the truth of our lived experience? How do we shape our reality in a language of truth and integrity?

March 5, 2017

Aging Courageously
Rev. Claudia Frost, Guest Preacher

Thomas Moore says, “Aging is not about growing older but about living more fully and identifying more with our soul.” During our time of worship let’s take a look at what it means to live our best lives with integrity and wholeness at any age.

Rev. Claudia Frost first heard her call to ministry when she was a lay leader here at ERUUF, and this fellowship ordained her in 2008. She's a graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School, and serves the Outlaws Bridge Universalist Church in Seven Springs, NC. She is married to David Frost and lives in Chapel Hill.

February 26, 2017

Dream Big
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

Some people say “go big or go home.” But is that really the best we can do? What if we were to go big, and go somewhere amazing together?
In the early part of the service, Gin Jackson of Urban Ministries will share stories of UMD’s success and ways to volunteer.

February 19, 2017

Spiritual Resistance and Resilience
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

The slogan “make America great again” would have us go back to a time when America was great for some, but hardly for all.  How do we sustain ourselves while we work for an America that is yet to be—a country open to and inclusive of all, and willing to give everyone a chance?

February 12, 2017

No Fur, No Feathers
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship leader

Salamanders have no fur, no feathers, and arrive amid the cold of very early spring. How do such vulnerable critters survive? How do we find the courage to love what’s small and vulnerable in us, in our loved ones, in the world? This morning we’ll dedicate some of our children during the service.

February 5, 2017

Creative Courage in Times of Darkness
Jacqueline Brett, Worship Leader

African Americans possess a long lineage of people who lived with great courage during extraordinarily difficult times. What might we draw upon in such a heritage as we confront the fears and challenges of today?

This is a Generosity Sunday and our recipient is Step Up Ministry, a non-denominational organization that provides employment and life skills training.

January 29, 2017

Creating a Voice

For more than ten years, ERUUF’s Literary Journal has offered our members a place to publish their original writing. Ceil Cleveland, editor for most of these years, believes that seeing one’s work in print is greatly empowering. This morning we lift up the many voices

January 22, 2017

Kevin Badanes and Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leaders

This morning we use some of the songs from the smash hit, Hamiliton, to lift up values and civil rights that have long been important to our nation. As in the original musical, ERUUF’s version is intentionally cast to make us all notice what the founding fathers were sometimes unable to comprehend—that they fell far short in extending those values and rights past a limited circle of race, gender and class. This morning we re-inaugurate our Liberal Religious Values for the purpose of a world with more rights for all.

January 15, 2017

Staying Awake
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

In one of his great sermons, Dr. King reminded people of Rip Van Winkle, who slept through the American Revolution. He reminds us how important it is to stay awake through great changes. What must we stay awake to in our time?