In Times of Trouble, We Stand on the Side of Love Together
by Reverend Deborah Cayer
The world’s been full to overflowing with big, awful events. Maybe it always has been, and now the news is simply more available (1200 tv channels, countless websites, RSS feeds, Twitter, Instagram, and more).
Once again the membership committee is coordinating informal potluck meals in member's homes over a 6 week span during October and November. These are opportunities for ERUUFIANS to get to know one another in small gatherings of 6 to 10 in a relaxed and congenial atmosphere. Here's how and when to participate:
Sunday, September 21
The Connections Fair is when every group, committee, activity, project or interest at ERUUF puts out a table and highlights the what/where/when/how and why of their group. The Connections Fair is a great way to meet the people who make ERUUF run, find out about how you can get involved,
New Sunday Programs
In conjunction with adjusting our worship times to 9:15 & 11:15 am, we are adding a new series of classes called “Discover and Deepen” on Sunday mornings (begins Sept. 7, 2014). The new classes will be offered in-between the worship services and last about 50 mins. (10:20-11:10 am).
Healing Through Love
by Rev. Deborah Cayer
I recently came across the work of Jeff Foster, a psychotherapist and spiritual teacher from the UK. His calling is to help people learn to be present to one another, particularly in very challenging circumstances. He writes,
"Just to sit without expectation with someone who is in grief or fear or loneliness or despair, without trying to fix them in any way, or manipulate their experience to match your idea of how it should be;
You can help shape the future of justice programs at ERUUF. Take a brief survey designed by the Vision Quest for Justice Task Force by going HERE. Paper copies and computer terminals will also be available at coffee hour after the services starting Sept. 7. Please submit your response by Oct. 15.
Five Smooth Stones of Religious Liberalism
Rev. Deborah Cayer
Someone asked me just the other day if ERUUF is a fellowship or a church. I said, “Yes.”
Is this a fellowship or a church? Yes! The only possible answer has to be yes, because Unitarian Universalism is not an “Either/Or” kind of religion. It’s a “Both/And” kind of religion.
The Eye of the Tiger
I had the chance to take a training at ERUUF recently with the Durham People’s Alliance. The training was facilitated by Dismantling Racism, an organization that’s been based in Chapel Hill and Durham for more than 30 years. That weekend we learned definitions of prejudice (pre-judgment), and racism