April 6, 2017
Late last week, I was as shocked as everyone else to learn that the Rev. Peter Morales, President of the UUA, had unexpectedly resigned. I believe he acted with good intentions, and still wonder if the impact of his decision might be other than he first imagined. Relationships between friends, and within congregations have strained over this. And now this week, just days later, two more UUA senior staff have resigned. https://www.uuworld.org/articles/critics-challenge-uua-hiring-practices.
April 30, between services, Commons Room
In order to fulfill its mission to provide “healthy communities training to ERUUF as a whole including children,” the Healthy Congregation Committee is pleased to offer guidance in skills that can be used to increase the quality of relationships with others and thereby foster the development of a healthy covenantal community at ERUUF.
The Freedom to Be Unitarian Universalist
by Rev. Deborah Cayer
Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal religious tradition with roots that go back to the ancient Hebrew prophets who fought for the human right to freedom. What holds us together are our promises to one another, rooted in the radical notion that human freedom is for the purpose of making ultimate choices. Whatever happens to us in life, whether things go as we wish or not, we choose the good things, the right things, the better things that our religious tradition and our own experience has showed us. When we do this, the sacred, however we each understand it, is with us too.
To Boldly Shine Our Light - What this Pledge Campaign Can Make Possible
Our fellowship has been a beacon for over 50 years: a place for spiritual renewal, raising our children, and challenging ourselves and each other to make the world more just and compassionate. We have an opportunity to take a leap this year, and build our congregation’s capacity to be an even brighter light for our members, friends, and larger community.
During this 2017-2018 pledge campaign, we will reflect on ways that ERUUF connects with and impacts our members and larger community. We will also envision how we might deepen and strengthen our work moving forward. This Fellowship truly is a shining light in the Triangle. Your ERUUF pledge supports equity, justice, diversity, freedom, compassion, acceptance, and the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Now, that’s a great investment!
The forty-nine people who participated in this very informative workshop on March 4 came away inspired and motivated. The workshop, as publicized, truly built “our capacity to seek truth, act courageously, resist oppression, and work individually and collectively to preserve our fundamental democratic institutions”. Starting with some humorous videos of comedians poking fun at politicians,
This Little Light of Mine
by Rev. Deborah Cayer
It’s the time of year when we make pledges of financial support for next year’s programs. And Now More Than Ever we are called to Let Our UU Light Shine. Carmine Gallo says, “Passion fuels the rocket, but vision—a big dream— points the rocket to its ultimate destination.” Money is one type of fuel, and it can take us a great distance to very good places if we have a bold vision. So, where is ERUUF’s big dream of love and justice, freedom and courage, compassion and truth taking us?
CONNECTIONS by Elllie Edwards-Smith
On display until March 30, 2017
Eno River Gallery at ERUUF features a new exhibit of paintings by Ellie Edwards-Smith which explores how we are all linked through ancestral history, physical attributes and spiritual aspects. Edwards- Smith researches her own family history for its many ethnic and genetic variations that link it to this multicultural world.
I rose before dawn this past Sunday and headed east to be the guest preacher in Wilmington. The ride through eastern North Carolina was extraordinarily beautiful. Now in late autumn the deep blue sky arches broadly over the flat fields, and the rich russet and gold of changing leaves rings out from the surrounding woods. The sun is lower in the sky, and its thick, mellow light casts long shadows, even while wild asters and grasses shake their seeds into the wind. The cycle of life continues.