February 18, 2024

Tell the Truth – Change the World
Worship Leader: Rev. Jacqueline Brett and the Nontheist Group
Music: River Folk (11:00 am); Kate Lewis – Pianist; Pam DiLavore – Cantor

February 2024 Theme: Justice & Equity

Telling personal truths empowers others to do likewise and forges connections with people in similar circumstances. Yet, to create authentic communication, we must be willing to question our own truths, and to acknowledge that they stem from our beliefs and values. Telling any kind of truth is not necessarily easy, but it can plant the seeds of beloved community, and these seeds can grow to change the world.

February 11, 2024

Relationships In A World That Works for Everyone
Worship Leader: Rev. Jim Lewis
Music: Beloved Community Chorus (11:00 am); Kate Lewis – Pianist, Wendy Looker – Music Director

February 2024 Theme: Justice & Equity

Generosity Sunday - Step Up Durham

Worship Associates: Sunshine Alvarez, Simon Kaplan

We dream of a World That Works for Everyone.  In that dreaming, the relationships we create with each other will be key to building that world.  How might we come together as people in our listening and understanding?  And how might we move forward from that place in creating change together?

February 4, 2024

It's Not Fair!
Worship Leader: Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: Chalice Singers & Sunshine Kids (11:00am); Kate Lewis–Pianist; Wendy Looker–Music Director

February 2024 Theme: Justice & Equity

As we begin our focus this month on Justice and Equity, we’ll explore through an interactive service what is often our inherent sense of injustice, that some things are” just not fair”, and what we might feel called to do about it. The 11:00 service is multigenerational (no Religious Exploration classes) and is designed to involve the children and youth at ERUUF.

January 28, 2024

A Love Supreme
Worship Leader: Rev. Jacqueline Brett; Michelle C. Johnson, Guest Speaker
Music: Myk'l Hanna - guest vocalist (11:00); Kate Lewis – Pianist; Pam DiLavore (9:00am Cantor); Jocelyn Neal (11:00am Cantor)

It is possible to listen to the music A Love Supreme by John Coltrane and minimize the love he references through notes and tones. It is also possible to engage Coltrane's work of art as a portal for awakening. This Sunday’s guest speaker Michelle C. Johnson shares about the intersections of justice and spiritual practice and justice and love. What does it look like to embody a love so vast for the liberation of all?

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Michelle Cassandra Johnson is an author, activist, spiritual teacher and practitioner, racial equity consultant and trainer, and intuitive healer.

Read more: January 28, 2024

January 21, 2024

Worship Leader: Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: Eno River Singers (11:00); Kate Lewis – Pianist; Wendy Looker – Music Director

Mystic Howard Thurman spoke of moving beyond a general love for humanity to the cultivation of love as a foundational inner practice that leads us to take action in particular ways, for particular situations, and particular people. This Sunday we’ll explore what it means to move from love as a generality to love in the “particulars.”
Simon Kaplan, Worship Associate

January 14, 2024

Practicing Love Justice and Liberation
Worship Leader: Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: Beloved Community Chorus (11:00 am); Kate Lewis – Pianist; Wendy Looker – Music Director

Martin Luther King, Jr. was known globally for his commitment to Love, Justice, and Liberation, even in the face of dire and threatening circumstances. As we celebrate his birthday this Sunday, we’ll explore some of the practices that fuel such commitments.

January 7, 2024

Love as Spiritual Practice
Worship Leader: Rev. Daniel Trollinger
Music: The Sirens & the Maudlin Brothers (11:00 am); Kate Lewis – Pianist; Wendy Looker – Music Director

The promise of a new year brings an opportunity to begin again, to face, even embrace change. If Love is an embodied spiritual practice, how does this guide our doing and being? How do we engage the liberating power of love in a world of ever-increasing vulnerability, uncertainty, and complexity? Lisa Jones – Worship Associate (11:00 am)

December 31, 2023 - One Service

Kwanzaa -- Kuumba!
Worship Leader: Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: Beloved Community Chorus; Guests Musicians: Demeanor, The Ancestors Voice Ensemble; Kate Lewis – Pianist; Wendy Looker – Music Director

ONE SERVICE - 11:00 am

Join us this Sunday for our annual Kwanzaa celebration as we focus on Kuumba, the sixth principal of Kwanzaa, which honors the creativity of people of the African diaspora. We’ll focus upon creatives in North Carolina. A Kwanzaa Karamu (feast) will take place directly after the service. All are welcome!

Guest Creators:
D.J. Rogers - Durham Poet Laureate, Veronica Carlisle and Melanie Dantzle - African American Quilt Circle of Durham, William Paul Thomas - Visual Artist, Nina Goffney - Visual Artist

December 24, 2023

5:00 pm – Holiday Pageant; 7:00 pm Candlelight Service
Worship Leader: Rev. Jim Lewis [5:00 pm]; Rev. Jacqueline Brett [7:00 pm]
Music: Eno River Singers [7:00 pm]; Kate Lewis–Pianist; Wendy Looker–Music Director

No morning service today.

5:00 pm Our Tale in Bethlehem

Journey with us through Bethlehem on a special night and join us in asking questions to find out what is going on!

7:00 pm It's Christmas!

December 20, 2023

Winter Solstice
Worship Leader: Rev. Jim Lewis with Eno River CUUPS

December 17, 2023 - One Service

Lessons and Carols
Worship Leaders: Rev. Jacqueline Brett and Dr. Wendy Looker
Music: Jane Hewitt and Catherine Alguire – Harp; River Folk, Chalice Singers – Co-leaders: Jocelyn Neal, Pam DiLavore; Sunshine Kids – Co-leaders: Kristi Chilton, Art Hollander, and Melissa Merres; Eno River Singers; Elias Gross – Viola; Stanley Wilson – Tenor; Beloved Community Chorus; Kate Lewis – Pianist; Dr. Wendy Looker–Music Director

ONE SERVICE - 11:00 AM

Join us for a very Unitarian Universalist reimagining of the Festival of Lessons and Carols, as our many groups and soloists offer a morning of music, accompanied by life lessons presented by the ministers and senior staff.
 

 

December 13, 2023

Jazz for the Holidays
Worship Leader: Rev. Jacqueline Brett
Music: Guest Artists: Shana Tucker – cello and vocals and Christian Tamburr – piano and vibraphone

We invite you to join us for a winter Vespers service that beckons you into sacred rest and contemplation through music, poetry, prose, and song. Worship Associates: Johann Montozzi-Wood and Mur Lafferty

All are welcome.