September 3, 2017

Love is a Muscle
Rev. John Saxon, Guest Preacher

Paul Baerman, Special Music

Like our biceps and our hearts, love is a muscle that has to be exercised, flexed, and stretched to give life the shape of justice and permeate justice with love.

Until recently, John served as the Lead Minister at the UU congregation in Raleigh.

August 27, 2017

Raise Up
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

Claudia Kaplan, Soloist

While wealth in our country has increased significantly over the past two generations, in terms of buying power wages for lowest paid workers have actually declined. Some thoughts this morning about a living wage for all, and why.

August 20, 2017

Fair Play
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

Summer Choir, Jocelyn Neal, Director

What does it mean to play fair in a post-truth era? What does it really mean to “win”?

August 13, 2017

Facing Change, Finding Hope
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

Tyra Scott, Soloist

Change can be both exciting and overwhelming. How do we find hope when it’s the later?

August 6, 2017

Imago Dei
Rev. Jim Magaw, Worship Leader

Imago Dei means "image of God." Unitarianism and Universalism rejected the image of God as a wrathful, vengeful, punitive deity who sits in judgment of humans, who are inherently sinful. But what, if any, are the images of God that are more in keeping with UU theologiesAnd how might our image of God or the Good influence our response to pressing issues of social justice, especially in our current era of deep divisions, fear and hate?

Rev. Jim Magaw serves the Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills in Pittsburgh, PA, where he lives with his wife Marta and 12-year-old daughter Ella. Jim earned his master of divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, and he completed a 2-year ministerial internship from 2011-2013 at ERUUF, where he was ordained in November 2013.

July 30, 2017

Gather The Spirit

This service deals with the word, “spirit”, and what that word might mean to a UU humanist. The word “spirit” is often bandied about in UU congregations, but it seem to mean different things to different people. In this service we visit the concept of spirit from a humanist perspective and discover that the word embodies a core concept that can be meaningful to the humanist. We’re pleased to welcome ERUUFians Eric Thomas and Helen Wolfson as this morning’s service leaders.

Eric Thomas has been playing guitar since 1965. He began by playing the Rock ’n Roll, Rhythm ’n Blues, and “Beach Music” tunes that were popular in the mid and late ’60’s. Over the years he has played a wide range of material in a number of different bands. He has played in venues ranging from coffeehouses to private parties and from Rock ’n Roll clubs to country clubs. These experiences have enabled him to incorporate the blues, traditional acoustic, and country tunes into his musical inventory. More recently, his collaboration with Helen has launched him into the world of Celtic music, lyrical waltzes, and other music that he never imagined he would play.

Helen Wolfson began playing the hammered dulcimer in 1993. Her initial, fairly traditional hammered dulcimer repertoire has been greatly enriched by her collaboration with Eric. Today, you are as likely to hear her backing up Eric on his original vocals or playing the blues as you are to hear her playing fiddle tunes, waltzes, and popular standards. As a soloist, Helen has played for numerous private parties, weddings, and other events. She is also certified by the Music for Healing and Transition Program(TM) as a Music Practitioner(R) and plays therapeutic music at bedside for people in physical or emotional pain.

July 23, 2017

Remembering to Breathe 
Rev. Mary Frances Comer, Guest Preacher

Thich Nhat Hanh notes that "breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness and body to thought." Today we consider how the simple act of mindful breathing allows us to gather our thoughts, focus our wills, and begin again with renewed courage.

Rev. Mary Frances Comer was our student minister from 2013-2014 and was ordained here at ERUUF in September of 2014. Since her ordination, she has been affiliated with Piedmont UU Church, a multi-site ministry in Charlotte and Salisbury, NC. Following two years of Community Ministry, Mary Frances joined the Piedmont staff as their Minister of Congregational Care.

July 16, 2017

Ancestral Pilgrimage
Jacqueline Brett, Director of Congregational Engagement, Worship Leader

We go on pilgrimage to make a special journey to a sacred place. What might we learn as we connect our hearts and spirits to the sacred sites of known ancestors or, unexpected ones, newly discovered?

July 9, 2017

The Wounded Optimist  
Rev. Jay Abernathy, Guest Preacher

One who pays attention to world events and to local tragedies must find it difficult to maintain a positive attitude and some enthusiasm for the future.  The recent election points us what happens when optimism is frustrated: cynicism results in support for aggressive behavior and irrational action.  To be "wounded" is to be aware of the problems of the world, to have one's optimism tempered by experienced and wisdom, rather than a naive and weak hope.

Jay is a retired UU minister, ordained in 1974 to serve as Campus Minister at the Ohio State University and Associate Minister at First Unitarian Church  in Columbus.  He has served continuously since that time, holding positions at the national level and with UU and local clergy groups.  Perhaps his unique contribution is financial and architectural (he does have a B. Arch): he has helped three congregations raise the funds for and build new buildings or substantial additions.

July 2, 2017

Caring and Being Cared For

This morning’s service will be an interactive exploration of what throws us off balance, and how we can find our way back to wholeness and wellness, whatever the state of our physical health might be. We’ll hear tonal chimes, flute, and a singing bowl, spoken word, dance and body prayers. Revs. Deborah and Stacy partner with Marie Garlock, a Ph.D candidate at UNC in health communication and long time dancer.

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?